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March 8th

2829 West Howard Place, Denver, Colorado 80204


(Please allow adequate time for individual check in through CDOT security for building entry)

8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:00 am – 9:15 am    Welcome, Opening Remarks, & Procurement Celebration!  

David Musgrave, President RMGPA, CDOT

Molly McLoughlin, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, RMGPA Communications Chair, NIGP Governing Board and CDOT Procurement Director

Sponsor Recognition (Bidnet & Dazbog Coffee)

Sol Ybarra, City & County of Denver

9:15 am - 10:45 am House Bill 21-1110 (IT Accessibility Bill)  (1.5 Credit Hours)

Karen Pellegrin, Senior Manager, Technology Accessibility Program at the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT)

June of 2021 the Colorado State Legislature passed H.B. 21-1110 to provide protections against discrimination on the basis of disability for persons with disability regarding access to government information technology.  Attend this informative session and learn the standard operating procedures you can implement to ensure your Government Entity is compliant.  You can read the Bill at: H.B. 21-1110.

10:45 am - 11:00 am Morning Break


11:00 am - 12:00 pm Performance Metrics:  How do you measure up? (Credit Hours 1)

Carrie Mathes, MPA, CDFCM, NIGP-CCP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB, A.P.P.  NIGP Governing Board of Directors

Many of our procurement operations engage in measuring performance regularly, while others do not.  Is there value in utilizing performance data?  You bet there is…. provided you understand who this data is being communicated to and how it is being utilized as part of an organization’s decision-making process.  In this session, we will peel back the onion with a case study from Orange County, Florida, whereby we will explore a myriad of key performance indicators as well as analysis factors that identified whether or not they were effectively demonstrating the performance of a procurement operation.  Learn how modernizing our procurement performance measurements allowed us to more effectively demonstrate whether or not we are meeting our objectives.  Additionally, we will explore procurement performance indicators utilized by peers around the country to identify both common and unique indicators that could contribute to organizational improvement.


12:15 pm - 1:15 pm RMGPA Business Meeting & All Member Orientation

RMGPA Board of Directors and Committees

Regardless if you have been a RMGPA member for a long or a short time, The RMGPA Board of Directors will provide information on their Board responsibilities and share opportunities to get plugged in as a volunteer to support the Association.  You won’t want to miss this valuable session!  Bring your laptop and learn how to create a member profile, post a job, participate in forum chat and navigate the new website.

& Networking Luncheon

Connect with colleagues at the luncheon!  Share tips and tricks of the trade or connect with people on a personal level.  In-person networking has great value!  TIP:  Sit with someone you don’t know.  

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm BONDS; Bid, Payment/Performance  (Credit Hours 1)
Kirk W BuffingtonNIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPFIM, MBA
The intent of this workshop is to introduce the participants to bonds; bid, payment/performance, their purpose, statutory requirements, and various court cases which have had an impact on the decisions made by courts in how bonds are and may be used and enforced. There will also be a discussion of liquidated damages and the best scenarios to use. Ultimately bonds are about risk mitigation. Many procurement professionals today are still relatively new in their positions and may not be aware of the importance and proper use of many different bonds.

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Softening the “NO” from Radio NIGP  (Credit Hours .5)

Moderator: Sol Ybarra, RMGPA Chapter Enhancement Chair

Panel:  Michael E. Bevis, Esq., NIGP-CPP, JD, CPPO, CPSM, DBIA, Kirk W Buffington, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPFIM, MBA,   David Nash, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, Penny Owens, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CJP, FNIGP, CPM, Kevin C. Yin, NIGP-CPP, CPPB

No one likes to hear “No” especially from the Purchasing Office. Radio NIGP takes a hard look at how you can soften 

the 'No' and still achieve your entity's goals. In our profession, we have to help stakeholders understand the potential 

outcomes of their decisions which is not always what they want to hear. Listen to the NIGP Radio broadcast from 

February 2022 in advance of this meeting and join an interactive discussion about Radio NIGP’s most popular radio 

session. Together we will share ideas and experiences to learn how this might be achievable.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Afternoon Break 

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Relationship Building with Suppliers and Colleagues (Credit Hours 1)

Cathy Kramer, Program Manager with Connect2DOT

Do you ever have interactions with suppliers and wonder what to say and how to best connect with them in a meaningful way?  What do suppliers really want to know from the procurement professional? How can connecting with other procurement professionals advance your career and set you up for success?  Join this interactive session to learn tips and tricks on building meaningful relationships with both suppliers and colleagues.

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Closing Remarks - Adjourn 

David Musgrave, President RMGPA

Thank you to our Spring Conference Sponsors!

           RMGPA Platinum Sponsor!

                   Coffee Sponsor!

                  Conference Host!

Wednesday, March 08, 2023, 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM
Colorado Department of Transportation
CDOT Website
2829 W. Howard Place
Denver, CO  80204
Videoconference information will be provided in an email once payment is received.
Additional Info:
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
While we will make every effort to deliver quality online programming, there are many unknowns that may affect one's experience and we cannot guarantee the final result of the programming the day of the event.


Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association

Established over 35 years ago, the Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association (RMGPA) is a diverse, non-profit organization whose membership includes purchasing officers, agents, buyers, managers and others associated with public purchasing throughout Colorado and Wyoming. RMGPA has been a member Chapter of NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement since 1987.

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