CIRAS Wins National Recognition for Government Contracting Road Map

The CIRAS PTAP Team: Jodi Essex, Beth White, Pam Russenberger and Andy Alexander.
The CIRAS PTAP team with its award: Mary Zimmerman, Jodi Essex, Beth White, Pam Russenberger and Andy Alexander. [Plus, Melissa Burant and Julie Fagle (not pictured).]
The CIRAS Procurement Technical Assis­tance Program (PTAP) was recognized by its national peers in April for its extraordinary efforts to educate Iowa companies on the intricacies of government contracting.

Iowa received the Outstanding Project of the Year award April 6 at the spring conference of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) in St. Louis. APTAC represents more than 90 government contracting assistance organizations throughout the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. According to APTAC, the annual award is meant to recognize an accomplishment “that stands out from the usual conference, event or other activity that all PTACs organize and undertake”—especially, one that is unique, innovative, and creative and can serve as a role model for other PTACs to emulate in their own programs.

CIRAS, after much groundwork and planning throughout 2015, earlier this year launched a comprehensive training program designed to standardize the way Iowa companies learn about government contracting. The new training road map includes a series of webinars that companies can take from any place at any time, as well as in-person events scheduled yearly in each of four regions around Iowa. The goal, according to program director Pam Russenberger, is to rapidly educate as many people as possible while maintaining maximum flexibility for busy companies. “This award recognizes the hard work contributed by each member of the team. I could not be more proud of the team and honored that APTAC acknowledged these efforts.”

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