Digging Into Public Works: Training and Technical Assistance
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)||
|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)||
|May 17 or 18, 2023||Clallam County (TBD)||
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.
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.