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WHEREAS, the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) was established in 1958 and is the largest chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, with approximately 1,100 professional public purchasing members employed by nearly 350 public entities in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and
WHEREAS, the VAGP membership is comprised of cities, counties, towns, state agencies, colleges, universities, public schools, hospitals, political subdivisions, authorities and community services boards throughout Virginia; and
WHEREAS, the Capital Area Purchasing Association, also a large chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, was established in 1978, and represents approximately 300 professional public purchasers from more than 55 public entities in the Virginia Capital Region; and
WHEREAS, purchasing and materials management professionals, with an aggregate purchasing power of billions of dollars, has a tremendous impact on the economy; and
WHEREAS, the associations of purchasing and materials management professionals work diligently to establish and maintain ethical standards in buying and selling, to increase knowledge of efficient procurement methods, to disseminate useful information to members, and to promote professionalism in public purchasing; and
WHEREAS, in addition to purchasing goods and services, purchasing and materials management professionals engage in, or have direct responsibility for executing, implementing and administering contracts, developing forecasts and procurement strategies, supervising and monitoring the flow and storage of materials, and developing working relationships with suppliers; and
WHEREAS, governmental purchasing professionals contribute positively to our Commonwealth’s public agencies and services by improving purchasing methods and practices and by using new technology to increase efficiency and improve processes;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2019 as GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.