A little over 30 years ago, in 1983, a group of procurement professionals from local governmental agencies banded together to form the Copper Chapter of NIGP. From these early days 30 years ago, when stacks of paper requisitions took up most of our desk space and Al Gore had not yet invented the internet…..who have we become as the Copper Chapter?
We have grown to a size of approximately 80 members.
We have come together as 26 different member agencies- counties, cities, towns, school districts, colleges, universities and fire districts- celebrating our commonalities as public procurement professionals despite our differing jurisdictional compositions.
Several of these agencies have been recognized through national awards such as the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement through the National Purchasing Institute and the Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award through NIGP.
We are clerks, managers, agents, contract officers, directors, deputy directors, procurement officers, contract administrators, buyers, property managers, division chiefs, battalion chiefs, supply supervisors, purchasing card administrators working with materials, services, design, construction, warehousing- our titles are as diverse as the agencies we come from, yet like metals melding together make an even stronger alloy, we come together to form a strong bond together in the Copper Chapter.
Last year, we hosted our seventh annual reverse vendor trade show- allowing us to have an $15,000 budget this year for scholarships for our members
Through the hard work of our nominations committee, we conducted our first awards process for buyer and manager of the year in 2007.
In both 2008 and 2009 our local Buyer of the Year recipients have gone on as finalists in the national buyer of the year competition. Both were named national Buyer of the Year.
One of our members won the Ethics Essay contest national competition.
We were named Small Chapter of the Year in 1999, 2006, 2008, 210 and 2013.
We are an active, continually growing chapter that invites all procurement professionals in governmental agencies in Southern Arizona to join our group to access both networking and professional development opportunities.
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