Public Announcements


2018 Reverse Vendor Fair on Tuesday, August 7 - Register Now

The 2018 Reverse Vendor Fair which will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Eagan Community Center located in Eagan, Minnesota.


What Is A Reverse Vendor Fair? Unlike a traditional vendor fair, the MN NIGP’s Reverse Vendor Fair provides you, the vendor the opportunity to meet with contracting and procurement staff from state, county, municipal, and regional government agencies.  The representatives from the government agencies will be in the booths and you, the vendor, will be free to walk around and visit directly with those that solicit products and services for local government agencies.

What Governmental Agencies Will Have a Booth?  The following agencies have confirmed attendance at the Fair:  Anoka County, City of Bloomington, City of Minneapolis, City of St. Paul, City of St. Paul - Central Certification Program (CERT), Dakota County, Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Hennepin County, Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Public Housing, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA), Nation Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), Ramsey County, State of Minnesota - Office of Equity in Procurement, State of Minnesota - Office of State Procurement, State of Minnesota - MN PTAC, State of Minnesota - MN.IT Services, and Washington County.  

How Do You Attend? Advanced registration and payment is required for attendance. You can register online at MN NIGP – Reverse Vendor Open House, register as a guest.

Vendor Fee with Advance Registration: $100.00

It is a $100 per Vendor Corporation with advance registraton. Vendor must successfully complete online registration and payment in advance of August 7th. If registration/ payment is not completed prior to the event, an ‘at door’ registration rate ($150) will apply.

Vendor Fee Without Advance Registration: $150.00

It is a $150 per Vendor Corporation without advance registration. If advance online registration/ payment is not completed, an “at the door” registration will be assessed.  At the door registrants will be expected to complete online registration and payment must be made by check (made payable to MN NIGP), or credit card.

Event Highlights: On average there are 15+ different government agencies in attendance and a list of the participating government agencies will be available on our MN NIGP – Reverse Vendor Open House website as the event gets closer. New this year will be two breakout sessions hosted by the Office of State Procurement (OSP). The breakout sessions will offer valuable insight on how to do business with the State, as well as, information and benefits of being a certified Targeted Group, Economically Disadvantaged, or Veteran-Owned (TG/ED/VO) small business vendor with the State.

 11:30 to 12:00 PM - How to Do Business with State

 12:15 – 1:00 PM –  TG/ED/VO, CERT & DBE Certification, What's in it for Me?


Register today and don’t miss out on this unique and beneficial event!


2018 Fall Conference Registration

Lighting the Way to Better Procurement

October 11-12, 2018

Duluth, MN


Click Here to Download the 2018 Fall Conference Registration Form


Fall Conference Registration

We have an exciting conference scheduled for you with amazing speakers such as Tammy Rimes, former City of San Diego Procurement Director and currently with NCPP, in regards to Emergency Preparedness and how to dazzle your end users. We also have current members speaking on different items they have learned in their years of experience. We also have speakers talking about what’s upcoming and new in procurement across the nation and round table discussions to network with your peers so you don’t reinvent the wheel in regards to construction, Environmental procurement, etc.



Wednesday October 10, 2018 – a social event that evening as a kick-off of the conference.

Thursday October 11, 2018 – we will begin at 8:30 am and have a dinner and networking event that evening.

Friday October 12, 2018 – we will kick off at 8 am and end at 3 pm.


Hotel Information: you must call and reserve your own rooms for the nights you need it.

To reserve by phone: call 218-722-1202 and mention National Institute of Gov

To reserve on-line: visit and enter group code NTL

Rooms will be released on 9/10/18


Registration Rates:

Early Registration (before September 7, 2018)

            ? $325 Thursday and Friday – Conference Only

Late Registration (between September 8-30, 2018)

            ? $375 Thursday and Friday – Conference Only        

Non-MN NIGP Member Rate (in addition to early or late registration)

            ? Additional $100 per person


Hotel Reservations:

Reservations for hotel rooms will be handled by the member. Information to reserve: To reserve

by phone: call 218-722-1202 and mention National Institute of Gov

To reserve on-line: visit and enter group code NTL

Rooms will be released on 9/10/18




Agencies may register multiple attendees online, via org by entering the number of those attending in the quantity box.

Each attendee, whether paying online or booking for an entire agency, must complete the registration form and email to Ginger Line at and Lenny Schmitz at


Click Here to Download the 2018 Fall Conference Registration Form


Grants Administration Training - July 16-17, 2018

Grants Administration Training

Buffalo, MN  -  July 16-17, 2018

Wright County Sheriff's Office and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grant management workshop in Buffalo, July 16-17, 2018.  This training is recommended for grant recipient organizations across all disciplines.  In this class you'll learn how to administer government grants and stay in compliance with applicable rules and regulations.

Click here for full event details.

We are excited to offer Minnesota Chapter of NIGP members and their staff a special tuition rate of $565. Please use code "MNASSN" to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration. Tuition includes Grant Management USA's 400-page grant management workbook and reference guide.  Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary.

Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are also available.  Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.

Complete event details including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration are available here.


Janet Darling
at Grant Writing USA

Cheryl Sinn
Wright County Sheriff's Office

More than 10,000 agencies across North America have turned to Grant Writing USA for grant writing and grant management training.



Thank You Procurement Professionals

Each year in March, we honor the hard work of procurement professionals that help to make state, county, municipality, and other public agency operations efficient.  These professionals play a significant role in the responsible use of taxpayer dollars while maintaining the highest ethical standards. We take the time to thank you for your contributions you make to your organization.

Read the 2018 Governor's Proclamation.


Procurement Month

When we celebrate Procurement Month, we acknowledge an elite group of professionals that have made a difference in governmental efficiency and effectiveness. This month provides the opportunity to help educate elected officials, administrators, taxpayers and vendors about the procurement process and the admirable work you perform every day.

The underlying theme for all activities during Procurement Month is the promotion and recognition of the field of Public Procurement.

Please send us your event photos, proclamations, activity descriptions





January 2018 Newletter Alaska Hawaii Governmental Procurement Association

Our NIGP sister chapter the Alaska Hawaii Governmental Procurement Association released their first newletter of 2018.  Click on the link below to find out what's new with our friends out west.


Sister Chapter Agreement with the Alaska - Hawaii Procurement Association of NIGP

MN-NIGP is excited to announce our NIGP Sister Chapter Relationship with the Alaska - Hawaii Governmental Procurement Association (AHGPA) of NIGP.  The potential for this agreement was previously reviewed and discussed at the July 2017 chapter meeting.  


The agreement was executed on September 11, 2017 by the signatures of MN-NIGP Chapter President Debra Lesmeister and AHGPA Chapter President Jeff Dansdill.


The agreement provides for the "collaborative partnership of educational, charitable, and special events by both chapters for the benefit of each respective chapter membership."  Each chapter commits to ", promote, and encourgage each respective chapter's educational programs, professional networking, and outreach opportunities..."  Additionally, the agreement allows each chapter's president to become an honorary member of the sister chapter.  


Learn more about the Alaska - Hawaii Governmental Procurement Association of NIGP by clicking on the link.


View or obtain a copy of the Sister Chapter Relationship agreement by logging into the members only area of our website.  Click on the "Downloads" link under the members area section.  Search for 2017 MN-NIGP AHGPA Sister Chapter Agreement.