City of Santa Clarita Leads the Way in Community/Business Outreach

Facilitating supplier partnerships

story arial, viagra 40mg sans-serif;”>ColumnLogo-1Experienced & Written by Peter K. Godinez (Ambassador to Xerox Public Sector)

ampoule arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>On May 11, 2016, the “trend setting” City of Clarita Procurement and Purchasing Department set the standard for reaching out to other public sectors establishment and local businesses by hosting the “Tour de Procurement”.  The event was held at The Centre located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita CA.

The significance of this event is that the City of Santa Clarita set the precedent in reaching out to local businesses, usually called “Vendors”.  The funny thing is these events are usually the opposite, where the vendor/supplier is holding the event accommodating the procurement.

The City staff included (including Procurement) :

  • Aquatics
  • Arts & Events
  • City Manager’s Office
  • Community Services
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Services
  • Facilities
  • Graffiti
  • LMD & Urban Forestry
  • Parks Facilities
  • Recreation
  • Streets
  • Technology Services
  • Transit Maintenance
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Youth Sports

The staff of the City extended the invitation to have tables set up for other Public Sector entities listed below:

  • Castaic Lake Water Agency
  • Newhall School District
  • Santa Clarita Community College District
  • Saugus Union School District
  • Sulphur Spring Union School District
  • Antelope Valley College
  • Hart District (invited but no show)
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Ambassador Godinez with Joseph Oerium

The founder and organizer, Joseph Oerium, Purchasing & Risk Administratorm stated the importance of using locally based and responsible business is an important priority to the community.  Price of the product and service was still important but other factors needed to be considered, Oerium summarized.  An example he shared was that the City under the “low price” model had only bought one automobile locally in a two year period.  Under the “local” focus, twenty vehicles were acquired locally which resulted in revenues staying in the community.

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Ambassador Godinez and  Ed Langness

 

 

Ed Langness, Information Technology Specialist, spoke of incidences of the risk of low price focus.  It was frustrating to him and his staff when an awarded low price vendor did not meet the expectations of the requirement.

Doug MacPhee, Director of Public Sector for SoCal Office Technologies A Xerox Company, said he had never seen this kind of event in the Southern California region.  He wished more cities, schools and special districts would follow the example set by the City of Santa Clarita.

This was a very impressive event which brought Government, Education, Local Business and Community together.  Let’s hope other neighboring counties use this best practice.

Our nation needs more of these kinds of events.

Watch Animoto Video of “Tour de Procurement”: https://animoto.com/play/beurYmQVmwJGM50y8YMBeg

 

http://www.santa-clarita.com/city-hall/departments/city-manager-s-office/purchasing/staff-organization-and-responsibilities

 


Peter Godinez
Education & Public Sector Account Executive
 SoCalOfficeTechnologies
Tel: 800-769-2679
Cell: (818) 430-6945

     

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