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Experts Provide Tips and Insights Into Contracting With Joint Base Lewis-Mcchord

South Sound Military & Communities Partnership presents first-of-its-kind informational forum for businesses

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (March 20, 2012) — As one of the founding members of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership the City of Lakewood, Wash., wants to provide assistance to local businesses and individuals interested in securing federal contracts that originate at the military base. A first-of-its-kind forum will be held this summer to provide vital information to those interested in defense contracting at the West Coast’s largest military installation, but may have been intimidated by the process.

On Tuesday, June 12, 2012, the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership will present a forum, titled “Doing Business with JBLM,” which will bring together local experts to provide insights and tips to successfully securing federal contracts at the joint military base. Other presenters of the forum include the Washington State Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) working together with JBLM and United States Army Corps of Engineers.

“With $2 billion in construction work alone scheduled to be done at JBLM during the next four years, it is essential that local businesses learn how to effectively compete for contracts,” said City Manager Andrew Neiditz.

The proposed event agenda for this all-morning forum is as follows:

  • City of Lakewood Project Manager Dan Penrose will provide a briefing on the size and scope of JBLM.
  • PTAC Certified Contracting Assistance Specialist Tiffany Scroggs will present a “Government 101” session.
  • JBLM Small Business Specialist Victoria Ghent who, along with her team of contracting officers, will be leading a course on “Doing Business with JBLM.”
  • Army Corps of Engineers’ Deputy for Small Business Veronica Kammler, MBA, will present a course on Regional Contracting Awareness.
  • City of Lakewood Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady and Pierce County Economic Development Manager Denise Dyer will jointly review the regional resources available to businesses including workforce training, financing tools, and a variety of state-level resources.

Specifics on the forum include:

  • What
    • Doing Business with JBLM Forum
  • When
    • Tuesday, June 12, 2012 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Where
    • Clover Park Technical College
      McGavick Conference Center
      4500 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W.
      Lakewood, Wash. 98499

Those interested in attending the forum can register at www.washingtonptac.org/events . Space is limited and registration must be received no later than June 5, 2012.

Questions about the forum can be directed to Lakewood Economic Development Specialist Becky Newton at (253) 983-7738 or .