Cabinet for Economic Development
CABINET FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTā€™S PROCUREMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO HOST NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 04, 2008  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  


FRANKFORT, Ky.The Kentucky Procurement Assistance Program (KPAP), a business assistance program of the Cabinet for Economic Development’s Department for Existing Business Development, will serve as host for the upcoming Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) Annual Conference.  The 23rd Annual Conference will be held on April 7-10, 2008, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Lexington.   

APTAC is a national professional association of individuals and organizations that provide government procurement (contracting) training and consulting services to the businesses they serve.  APTAC members strive to help their local businesses understand how to do business with federal, state, and local government agencies, thereby acting as a link between government buyers and small businesses. 

“We are pleased to serve as the host organization for the 2008 APTAC Annual Conference.  This is a prestigious conference with attendees from all across the United States,” said John Hindman, secretary of the Cabinet for Economic Development.  “Our staff has worked hard to make the conference a success.  We’re looking forward to an exciting and informative conference, as well as a chance to network with other economic development professionals in the government procurement field.” 

This year is the first time that APTAC’s national conference, which is expected to draw approximately 300 attendees, has been held in Kentucky.  KPAP worked closely with the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring the conference to Lexington. 

“This is the perfect example of the community being involved in luring conventions to Lexington,” said Dennis Johnston, vice president of sales at the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “Without the Cabinet’s efforts, APTAC would not have chosen Lexington and 300 convention attendees would not be arriving on April 7, providing approximately $600,000 to the local economy.  All of us at the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau are delighted that APTAC has selected our great city for their upcoming 2008 Spring Conference.” 

While the conference is not open to the general public, KPAP services are available to any Kentucky firm interested in government contracting.  KPAP works with firms seeking to do business with federal installations like Fort Knox and Fort Campbell, as well as state agencies, universities, cities and county governments.  Additional information on KPAP is available online at http://www.thinkkentucky.com/KYEDC/proassist.aspx.  To learn more about APTAC, go to http://www.aptac-us.org/new/.   

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