Reflections on Another Strong Year for NIGP
August 10, 2016
The Institute’s fiscal year ended June 30, 2016;
capping the end of its first year under the new NIGP 2.0 governance structure, ushering in new enhancements to member services, and beginning new relationships with important stakeholders.
Last July 2015, NIGP 2.0 was initiated with four shared governing bodies including a Governing Board and three specific Councils: Finance, Member, and Talent. NIGP 2.0 expands leader engagement and empowers more members with the right talents to shape the direction of the Institute. Since that time, external stakeholders with perspective in strategic relationships, financial management, and volunteer leadership were appointed along-side practitioners as NIGP’s Thought Leaders. And 19 Chapter Ambassadors were commissioned to support a consistent relationship between the Institute and its 72 chapter affiliates. NIGP is grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who have dedicated their time to the advancement of public procurement. There is no doubt that volunteerism drives the mission of NIGP with passion and purpose.
In addition to governance, NIGP has dedicated resources to deliver cutting edge technology to its members and stakeholders. This past year, the Institute launched impressive new functionality within its latest edition of the Website which is built on a Content Management platform. Its unveiling last December was followed by the launch of the enriched Learning Content Management System (LCMS) in February 2016 under the MyLiNk brand.
The LCMS augmented the Institute’s work in developing the public procurement profession. The Institute announced nine new course offerings, expanded its online catalog of independent learning topics, facilitated the SparX conference, and hosted its third annual Leadership Development Symposium for incoming chapter presidents. The Kansas City Forum attracted 1,105 attendees and a diverse listing of suppliers occupied 291 booths at the Products Exposition.
There were many other achievements this past year. NIGP moved its offices to a new, collaborative workspace within a larger professional building in Herndon, Virginia. The Institute hosted its second Academic Summit in conjunction with the American Society for Public Administration which resulted in the creation of a Public Procurement and Contracting Special Interest Section within ASPA. More than 3,600 members participated in classroom education while another 9,500 logged on and tuned in to professional development learning. The Institute also embarked on an Awesomeness campaign to share personal and professional stories of our many diverse members who have been awesome during their career. And the Institute addressed claims regarding some of our business practices through the commission of a performance audit which resulted in revised policies and practices that strengthen NIGP’s contracting process and protect its intellectual property and branding.
And was a good year for the Institute – 14,600 members strong!
Keith Glatz, CPPO, FCPM, FCPA
NIGP Governing Board Chair 2015 - 2016\
Purchasing & Contracts Manager
City of Tamarac, FL