The Pinellas County Housing Authority’s Purchasing and Contracts Department received a Best Practices Award from the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials for contractor education and outreach.
Competition in purchasing is good for business. When firms compete with each other, businesses, including housing authorities, get the best possible prices, quantity and quality of goods and services. In its efforts to increase the number of vendors and contractors responding to agency-wide procurements, PCHA’s Purchasing and Contracts Department implemented a workshop series to help contractors and vendors understand the bidding process and required forms, and to clear misconceptions.
The workshop series is entitled “How to do Business with PCHA”. “Contractors in attendance are also encouraged to attend a second workshop series covering Davis-Bacon Requirements to learn more information relating to the Davis-Bacon Wage Act and contract documentation requirements at PCHA” said Rhonda Allen, Director of Purchasing and Contracts.
The Educational Contractor Workshops help to bridge the gap between HUD/Housing Authority requirements, and contractor understanding and application of the requirements. “The workshops are both well-presented and well-received” said Debra Johnson, Executive Director. As a result of these workshops, competition continues to increase as new vendors are added to PCHA’s Master Vendor List, and fewer errors are noted in contractor submissions. Congratulations to PCHA’s entire Procurement and Contracting team!