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Digging Into Public Works: Training and Technical Assistance

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The 2022 state budget included funding for MRSC to provide training and technical assistance on public works contracting, in partnership with the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

Through June 30, 2023, MRSC and PTAC are working collaboratively to develop and deliver targeted outreach, tools, technical assistance, and training to local governments and contractors

All the events and resources developed for this project will be posted to this page; we will add more events and resources as they become available.


Regional Forums for Public Works Staff and Local Contractors

MRSC and PTAC are partnering to provide a series of in-person regional forums across the state. These unique events will convene local government public works staff seeking to refresh their public works programs and create more meaningful engagement with the contracting community, as well as contractors seeking to break into or expand their presence in public works contracting. 

Date Location Public Works Staff Training Local Contractors: Meet the Agencies
October 24, 2022 Spokane (Airway Heights) Event Completed N/A
October 25, 2022 Spokane (Airway Heights)
Event Completed
October 26, 2022 North Puget Sound (Lynnwood) Event Completed Event Completed
November 17, 2022 Tri-Cities (Kennewick) Event Completed Event Completed
February 15, 2023 Vancouver Registration Open N/A
February 16, 2023 Vancouver N/A Registration Open
March 17, 2023 Thurston/Pierce County (Tacoma) Registration Open N/A
April 19 or 20, 2023 Whatcom/Skagit County (TBD)
Information coming soon
May 17 or 18, 2023 Clallam County (TBD)
Information coming soon

Tools for Local Governments

For more info on local government public works procurement and contracting, see MRSC's resources on Purchasing and Contracting.

Upcoming Live Webinars

Digging Into Unit Price Contracts and Job Order Contracts
Thursday, January 19, 10 AM – 11:30 AM | Webinar | Free

This webinar will focus on Unit Price Contracting and Job Order Contracting (JOC). Join us to learn how each of these unique public works contracting methods can potentially fit in with your agency’s contract portfolio. We have also invited several contractors to share their own perspectives. Learn more and register for free.

Recorded Webinars

Meaningful Engagement Strategies for Local Government Procurement
Recorded Webinar | Free

Many potential business contractors and consultants consider the idea of bidding on contracts for local government mysterious, complicated, and overwhelming. To better understand the marketplace, local government agencies need to establish an engagement strategy for communicating opportunities and seeking feedback. For this important topic, we’ve pulled together a panel of professionals to discuss and answer your questions about creating an engagement strategy for your agency. Register to view the recording

MRSC Rosters Electronic Bidding Webinar
Recorded Webinar | Free

MRSC Rosters, in partnership with Bonfire, is pleased to announce that we will launch a new electronic bidding service for local governments in Washington State, beginning in January 2023. E-bidding can significantly reduce the administrative effort involved in public bidding, increase bidder participation and satisfaction, and provide valuable reporting capabilities. Register to view the recording and download the FAQs.

Tools for Contractors

For tools and technical assistance for private contractors, see the PTAC website.