Public Announcements


Nominations for the 2019 MN NIGP Board - Now Due September 24 at 12:00 PM.

NIGP Board Nominations

Please be aware that we have changed the date to receive nominations for open board positions from Friday, September 28th, 2018 to Monday, September 24, 2018 by 12:00 p.m.

We are still looking for members to volunteer or nominate someone for the open positions.  


Have you ever thought about being on the MN NIGP board?

Nominations are open now for Vice President, Secretary and Two Board Member seats!   If you want to nominate yourself or someone else, please e-mail me at  

Please remember to have approval from your supervisor/manager when you make this consideration.

The time commitment is six board meetings and six chapter meetings, plus any time you would need to spend in discharging the duties and responsibilities of the position. Teleconferencing, both by phone or video, is an acceptable way to meet the time commitments for meetings and is encouraged for outstate members interested in being part of the board.

Board members play a significant role in shaping chapter goals and objectives and establishing a direction for the chapter both in the short and long term.  Attached are the position descriptions, duties, and responsibilities. 

The term for all board member positions is two years.  In the case of the Vice President, the first year is the Vice President, the second year as President, and third as past president.

As an aside, leadership roles in chapter organizations can count as much as 20 contact hours toward CPPB and CPPO recertification.  That is just about half the hours you need for recertification.  An added bonus is the MN NIGP sends two board members to the NIGP leadership Symposium and the NIGP forum annually. (President and VP are two of the four positions).

Nominations will remain open until, Monday, September 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM.


Click here for descriptions of the 2019 open Board positions.


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

 The deadline to cancel your conference registration is October 1, 2018


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


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.