On Feb. 1, 2019, the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) enters its 33rd year of continuous operation, providing assistance to Georgia’s business community in the pursuit of government contracts.
Specifically, GTPAC helps businesses identify, compete for, and win contracts at all levels of government – federal, state, and local.
GTPAC is one of about a dozen programs – known as Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) – that were established shortly after Congress launched the initiative in 1985. Today, there are 95 PTACs across the nation that serve all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
GTPAC’s continued operation is made possible through funds provided by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) along with state funding made available through Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2).
On Jan. 24, 2019, GTPAC received a fully executed award document from the DLA ensuring that funding would be made available to Georgia Tech for another year of PTAC operations in the state of Georgia.
“We are grateful for the confidence DLA places in us to carry out this program in Georgia,” says Program Manager Andrew Smith, “and we are very thankful for the support that Georgia Tech provides to the program.”
GTPAC is widely recognized as a PTAC with one of the strongest track records in the nation. Over the last decade, GTPAC helped Georgia businesses win between $500 million and $1 billion in government contracts, annually.
While tabulations for calendar year 2018 are not yet complete, preliminary reports show that GTPAC’s clients won at least 3,400 government prime contracts and subcontracts worth more than $1 billion.
GTPAC counseled, instructed, and identified bid opportunities for 2,300 businesses across the State of Georgia last year. GTPAC also conducted 150 training workshops and participated in 31 events statewide where more than 3,000 business people received instruction on how to effectively compete for government contracts.
GTPAC maintains staff in Albany, Atlanta, Gainesville, Carrollton, Savannah, and Warner Robins. Training is also conducted in Athens and Columbus as well as via on-line webinars. All businesses in Georgia are eligible to receive GTPAC’s services at no cost. The program provides Georgia businesses with counseling, training, and a complete set of electronic tools to research and identify government contracting opportunities.
For contact information, and to register for any GTPAC workshop statewide, visit the program’s website at www.gtpac.org.