Events Archive

Public Works and Facilities Maintenance: Get Things Done Quickly with Cooperative Purchasing

Date: April 13, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm CT

For any school district or municipality, facilities maintenance repairs and small construction projects take a great deal of time and resources. Whether it's re-paving a parking lot, repairing roofs, HVAC upgrades or restroom amenities, these needs can be difficult to meet quickly when using the traditional bid process. When faced with end of the fiscal year, expiring grants, emergencies, weather constraints or short timeframes, cooperating procurement offers a solution for facility and public works teams. The recording of this webinar is available for our NCPP Cooperative, Stategic Supplier, Affiliate and Public Procurement Partners to access in the website archives.

Support Your Public Safety Needs with Cooperative Purchasing

Date: March 16, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm CT

This is a special webinar for procurement professionals and fire and police personnel who purchase for public safety departments. The recording of this webinar is available for our NCPP Cooperative, Stategic Supplier, Affiliate and Public Procurement Partners to access in the website archives.

How to Navigate the Sled Market with your Cooperative Contract

Date: February 8, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm

Whether you've been assigned to government sales for years or new to the market, this session offers real takeaways for your teams. This webinar is FREE to NCPP Cooperative, Strategic Supplier and Affiliate Partners. The recording of this webinar is available for our NCPP Cooperative and Strategic Supplier Partners to access in the website archives.

A Procurement Window of Opportunity: Creating Momentum Tomorrow & Beyond

Date: January 8 - 11, 2023
Location: Monterey, CA
NCPP will be attending and presenting at the California Association of Public Purchasing Officials (CAPPO) in Monterey, California. Learn more about the conference here


Date: Sunday, August 21, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET
Location: Lookout Rooftop | The Envoy Hotel - Boston, MA

In conjunction with hosting the Cooperative Track educational session during NIGP FORUM, NCPP also hosts an Exclusive Networking Reception on the Sunday evening during the NIGP Forum in Boston, MA. 

Enjoy beautiful Boston harbor and skyline views at the Lookout Rooftop while networking with NCPP members and special guests from public procurement. 

Only open to NCPP members and registration is required. Please email Tammy Rimes with the official invitation in order to RSVP.  Deadline to register is Friday, August 5, 2022.

Sponsored by:
  1GPA, Choice Partners, E&I Cooperative Services, HGACBuy, OMNIA Partners, Sourcewell

Webinar: Group Buying Strategy: Does Your Entity Have One?

May 17, 2022 at 2 pm Eastern Time | Zoom
This webinar is free to NCPP members and government employees.

With limited time and resources to conduct all the necessary bids and tenders for their organizations, more public procurement teams are turning to cooperative organizations who offer competitive contract solicitations, Since 2017, newly adopted legislation - Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) - now allows cooperative purchasing across all levels of Canadian government. The resulting interest has greatly expanded the use and categories of group buying contracts across several cooperative purchasing organizations.
  • Hear the latest in group buying trends across the provinces of Canada
  • Gain insights into how bundled services can bring the best value
  • Discover key questions to ask when conducting due diligence
  • What is on the horizon for new contracts and solutions
  • How supply chain issues affect cooperative contract purchases


  • Tammy Rimes, MPA Executive Director for National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP)


  • Chris Penny, Kinetic GPO
  • Dave Dextraze, CANOE
  • Karen Owen, OECM

Webinar: How to Navigate the Maze of Government

April 5, 2022 at 1 pm CT | Zoom
This free webinar is exclusive to NCPP Affiliate, Cooperative and Strategic Supplier members.

Selling to Government isn't easy - particularly during these trying times.  Whether you've been assigned to government for years, or new to the market, this session will offer real takeaways for your teams. This webinar is exclusively for NCPP Affiliate, Cooperative, and Strategic Supplier members.


  • Tammy Rimes, MPA Executive Director for National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP)


  • Paul Irby, Principal Research Analyst from GovWin by Deltek
  • Brian Selander, CEO for Government Sourcing Solutions
  • Claudia Leon, Director of Procurement for 1GPA 

Discover the latest in State, Local and Education (SLED) government contracting trends. Shared insights include how industries vary in how they have been impacted over the past two years, their expected recovery time as well as how cooperative contracts are becoming a force in government sales. Coordinate the fiscal year to your sales cycle, discover key points to make during your meeting with procurement and the most effective way to follow-up after the meeting.  Your company has been strategic in gaining a cooperative contract - hear ways to leverage it further during the sales process. Take full advantage of the value of your NCPP membership by attending this free session. 

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Webinar: Outside of the Box - Construction with Cooperative Contracting

April 6, 2022 at 1 pm CT | Zoom
This webinar is free to NCPP members and government employees.

Using a cooperative contract for small construction and repair projects is a growing phenomenon.  Working with your public works team to identify those projects that might qualify could help save your agency both time and money.  Imagine that 6-month construction project being moved to a process that can be completed in just a few weeks.  Can you imagine a scenario where you purchase the products through a cooperative contract to save on contractor overhead charges? Our panel of experts will share:
  • Check-list to determine if your project could qualify for a cooperative contract solution
  • How do handle mandates such as public works code and payment requirements
  • Where can diversity and small businesses participate within this process
  • Shared case studies where other agencies have created a cooperative strategy for repairs
  • Learn about job order contracting and how it helps with small turnaround repairs

Gordian Group; RoofConnect, WESCO and Waverly CUSD #6

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NIGP Forum Leadership Summit

September 11 - 14 | Anaheim, CA
NCPP will be exhibiting at NIGP's first-ever Leadership Summit, an in-person innovative offering that elevates the procurement profession. This inaugural meeting of the minds is designed to bring together procurement’s most ardent advocates and innovative thought leaders for three days of transformative thinking and high impact collaboration. It’s equal parts inspiration and perspiration with attendees expected to fully engage in productive dialogue and working sessions. Visit the Exhibitor Hall on Monday and Tuesday to meet the NCPP team, and enter to win a "Let's Just Cooperate" t-shirt.

For our Cooperative, Strategic Supplier and Affiliate partners, NCPP will host our exclusive member-only networking event on Sunday, September 12th. To be included on the RSVP list, please reach out to to receive the sign-up link.

NCPP Sponsors NIGP Forum

NCPP to sponsor the dedicated Cooperative Track at upcoming NIGP Forum from August 23-26, 2021.  Join the virtual conference for these presentations featuring knowledgeable leaders on the topic of cooperative procurement:

  • Monday - An Introduction to Cooperative Procurement
  • Tuesday - Cooperative Contracts and Revenue Generation for Local Entities
  • Wednesday - Let's Just Cooperate (LIVE edition with giveaways)
  • Wednesday - Paradigm Shifts: Who Moved My Office
  • Thursday - O Canada!  Creating a Group Buying Strategy

Newly Offered Supply Chain Management Curriculum for Suppliers Who Market and Sell to Governments: "The Landscape of Public Procurement"

Whether you have been selling to government for years or are new to this marketplace, this supply chain series offered through a partnership with Oregon State University and the National Cooperative Procurement Partners is taught by current and former procurement professionals who will offer real insights and takeaways to increase your knowledge of state, local, and higher education procurement processes, legislation, and sales strategies for a greater level of understanding. Through this affiliation with Oregon State, participants can also gain Continuing Education (CE) credits.

Class #1 | March 31, 2021, 1-4 PM CST
SLED - State, Local, Educational: An Industry Understanding
Challenges Faced by Public Procurement Teams
Learn Current Trends and Latest Stats for Government Spending
Different Sourcing Types and Cooperatives
Make or Buy Decisions: Considerations for Open Market
A Primer on Procurement Laws and Ethics
Class #3 | May 26, 2021, 1-4 PM CST
Meetings and Appropriate Interactions with a Decision Maker
Follow-Up and Relationship Building in the Government Sector
Protest Options: When and How to Protest
The Concepts of Responsiveness and Responsibility
Class #2 | April 28, 2021, 1-4 PM CST
Discover the Differences Among Public Agency Types
Analyze the Fiscal Year and Government Budgeting
Top 10 Proposal Submittal Mistakes
Market Research, Trade Secrets, and Open Records Statutes
Essential Legal Differences Between IFBs and RFPs
Class #4 | June 30, 2021, 1-4 PM CST
Contract Management from a Supplier Perspective
Contract Administration from the Government Perspective
The Evolution of Supply Chain Management in Government
The Remaining Legal Context of Relationships and Culture

About the Speakers

Tammy Rimes, MPA

Tammy served as the former Purchasing Agent for the City of San Diego, the 9th largest city in the nation, and as Emergency Operations Chief during the 2007 Witch Creek Fires and Mt. Soledad landslide which both destroyed homes, neighborhoods, and city facilities. During all five years of her Purchasing management, her team was awarded the Achievement in Excellence in Procurement and Tammy won the Carlton N. Parker Award for Outstanding Service, the most prestigious award presented by the National Procurement Institute (NPI). 

Now, as Executive Director of the National Cooperative Procurement Partners, North America’s premier association for cooperative procurement, she gives keynote presentations at national and regional conferences and assists government agencies, as well as those suppliers who sell to government, with strategies to help them succeed. Prior to government, Tammy worked for several Fortune 1000 companies, including airlines, retail, and water and utility industries, owned a family winery, Hacienda de las Rosas, and authored “Drink Fine Wine…Ride Fine Horses—Leading the Life of Your Dreams.” She has a BS in Computer Science from Florida International University and Masters in Public Administration from National University in California.

Richard Pennington, J.D., LL.M.

From 2013 to 2018, Richard Pennington was general counsel to NASPO ValuePoint. Previously, he served of counsel to the Denver office of McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, where he advised clients on federal, state, and local government procurement. Richard is the former director of the Division of Finance and Procurement, Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration. He previously served as State Purchasing Director after working for the Colorado Attorney General as procurement and construction litigation counsel. 

Richard is a retired Air Force Colonel and judge advocate who started his career as a B-52 pilot and later became a judge advocate specializing in federal procurement. He has a Master of Laws degree in government procurement law from The George Washington University. Richard is co-author of Legal Aspects of Public Procurement, 3rd Ed. (Routledge, 2020). He is the 2020 recipient of NIGP’s Distinguished Service Award. Richard continues to volunteer and teach for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement.

Tim Hay

Tim Hay is a proven public procurement professional with over 20 years of public procurement experience and another 6 years of private procurement experience in a manufacturing environment and is currently a Senior Contracts Specialist for Marion County Oregon focusing on Information Technology Procurement.

Previously, Tim was the Cooperative Development Director for a large government purchasing cooperative. He oversaw all the cooperative activities of over $12 Billion in annual spend helping states successfully manage all segments of the procurement process. In his role, he provided guidance and coaching to team members from across the nation and managed projects to ensure timely and accurate completion and learned many of the individual state processes. He also established many of the internal processes that supported the growth and success of the cooperative. During his role at the State of Oregon, Tim led many high-profile procurements including information technology, travel services and Services. Tim even held a short term at FEMA assisting them with supply chain management in the COVID-19 crisis.

Victor Leamer

With over 30 years of public procurement experience at the county, state department, and state-wide levels, Leamer is currently the Senior Buyer with Spokane County in Washington. Victor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) in 1985 and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation in 2009.

Victor teaches Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals (in-person/online) and the Core Certificate: Foundations in Strategy and Policy for NIGP (virtual) and has presented NIGP webinars on protests, evaluating responsiveness in bids, and contract price adjustments. Victor also serves on NIGP's Content Management Committee (formerly Knowledge Management Committee) since 2015 and is a founding member/former Vice President of the Alaska/Hawaii Governmental Procurement Association NIGP Chapter.