NYSID member agencies and corporate partners will present a unified message — “Your Purchases Create Preferred Source Jobs” — at the 2017 Preferred Source Expo at NY GovBuy. This golden opportunity to interact with state and local government customers is set for May 3-4 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.
As always, the annual Expo is an opportunity for NYSID staff to connect with both customers and member agency representatives, and promote the impact of Preferred Source purchasing on livelihoods for workers from NYSID member agencies.
We’re looking forward to hosting more than 35 member agencies and corporate partners in NYSID’s new event space in Meeting Room 6 (located near the elevators and the Gallery hall).
This year, the NYS Office of General Services (OGS) is partnering with the Office of the New York State Comptroller and the New York State Association of Municipal Purchasing Officials (SAMPO) for the event’s largest procurement audience ever.
“We enjoy exhibiting at the Preferred Source Expo because of the networking and opportunities that come from the event, and we continue to see results year after year,” said Chad Hartwig, product development & marketing manager, Liberty Enterprises. “We also collaborate with other NYSID member agencies to learn about capabilities they offer that we were not aware of.”
NYSID, its member agencies and corporate partners also will participate in a “Town Hall” meeting with OGS, Procurement Services and Chief Procurement Officer Sean Carroll on Wednesday, May 3 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Meeting Rooms 2 and 3.
The purpose of the “Town Hall” meeting is for NYSID staff, member agencies and corporate partners to discuss the New York State Preferred Source Program and NYSID’s continued interest to develop an acceptable OGS price application review process for Preferred Source contracts.
Purchases from NYSID member agencies and corporate partners employed 6,970 New Yorkers with disabilities on Preferred Source contracts in 2016, providing $60.6 million in wages to individuals who worked 4.23 million employment hours.