January 19, 2009
Procurement Committee Goals for 2009
By Lisa DeGrace
APTA Procurement and Materials Management Committee
Director, Contracts, Procurement and Material
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
The vision of the APTA Procurement and Materials Management Committee (PMMC) for 2009 is to increase participation and provide guidance and training to the transit industry regarding procurement, material management, and diversity.
To achieve its vision, the committee has been amended to add a co-vice chair, business members, to act as a liaison between the PMMC and the Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG). This position will facilitate communication and dialog among transit properties and businesses. Additionally, the committee has added a position for chair, standards, to emphasize the importance of standards in the procurement arena and report on working groups’ progress in procurement planning, terms and conditions, risk, and technology.
Prior PMMC conferences have partnered with APTA Bus Technical and Maintenance Workshops. To interact with the entire industry, PMMC will now hold concurrent workshops with the APTA rail and bus conferences in alternate years. Workshops will be scheduled to coincide with product displays and showcases.
The PMMC workshop for 2009 will be held June 16 to 18 in Chicago, in concert with the Rail Conference. The committee will also hold meetings in Seattle during the Bus Conference, Chicago, and Orlando during the 2009 Annual Meeting. PMMC meetings and workshops are open to all.
The committee invites member participation and welcomes comments on future workshop sessions.