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Communication Towers

Has anyone contracted with a company that builds & manages communication towers on your site and then sells broadband access to carriers while paying a monthly fee to the entity, as rent? We’ve been approached by Vogue Towers out of Chattanooga. Debbie Dillon, CPPO, CPPB Director, Purchasing City of Johnson City, Tennessee P.O. Box 2150 (37605) 209 Water Street (37601) Johnson City, TN 423.975.2717

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Peachtree Recovery Services

Has anyone contracted with Peachtree Recovery Services? They have contacted our Risk Department about providing recovery on property damage claims and making a big push to do business with them as a professional service, without competition. They have TML's endorsement of their model contract (TML lists them as a partner in their website) and claim they can recovery a considerable amount for the City. They have also provided information seeming to indicate they are a sole source and of course, quoted state law on professional services. Just curious about others involvement since it's coming across as a hard sell.

Thanks and stay safe!

Penny Owens, CPPO

City of Knoxville

[email protected]

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LulzBot TAZ 3D Printers

Has anyone done a bid bid for LulzBot TAZ 3D Printers?

 

 

Lynn Farnham, CPPO, CPPB

Roane County Purchasing Agent

200 East Race Street, Suite #3

Kingston, Tennessee 37763

Phone 865-376-4317

Fax 865-376-4318

Mobile 865-804-4104

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Epidemic/Pandemic Processes

We all know that epidemics/pandemics, could impact and disrupt the supply chain. Whether or not the current corona virus threat is realized, sooner or later there will be one that impacts our country. Even a flu epidemic could injure the supply chain. Such events could reduce the production of materials and supplies we need to operate. Such events could also sicken our vendor workforce and thus impact those that we use for services. Have any of you:

• Developed a pandemic operation plan for your office?

• Contacted your vendors and asked them about the steps they are taking to be prepared?

• Taken other steps to "stay on top of the situation?" Just wondering.

 

Terry McKee

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RFP for IT Outsourcing

I am posting this for Michael Giles with McGhee Tyson airport - please feel free to directly reply to him at [email protected]. The Airport Authority may issue a RFP for outside IT Services. They are seeking documents or resources to assist with producing a quality Request for Proposals for outsourced IT and technology support services. Please contact Michael if you have examples of a similar RFP to share.

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Process Feedback Question

How does your entity procure transactions that apply to the following Tennessee Code Annotated provisions. How is the process performed for (1) contracts over $25,000, and (2) under $25,000. TCA 12-3-1209 - Requirements of professional persons or groups providing legal services, fiscal agent, financial advisor, advisory or consultant services covered by this part. TCA 12-4-107 - Contracts for professional services.

 

Bonnie Woodward [email protected]

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Shields Electronics

Does anyone work with Shields Electronics on a cooperative contract that would allow us to piggy back?

Thank you,

Debbie Jackson
Hamilton County Department of Education
[email protected]

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P-Card Software

If you have a p-card program in place and use on-line software to manage it, how long does the software retain the data and images? I.e. does it retain the data and images as long as we are required to retain records?

Thank you,

Terry McKee
[email protected]

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Leasing of Land

The City of Clarksville recently purchased about 300 acres of land for a future athletic complex. However, we are still studying the needs and wants for what to put on the site. So in the meantime, we would like to lease the land to farmers to grow their crops. Have any of you done anything like this? If so, how did you do it? RFP/Bid?

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Univ. of TN Seeking Applicants for Buyer Position

The University of Tennessee's System Administration division is seeking applicants for an open Buyer position. Details are available at the link below. The job is based in Knoxville, but might require occasional travel. If you have questions, please contact Blake Reagan at [email protected].

University of Tennessee Buyer Position

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Food Purchase Policy - Employee Meal

Chattanooga would greatly appreciate reviewing any existing meal policy. (Beyond Per Diem or travel-related policies, unless the two are combined). Thank you! Examples: Employee Events (Awards, etc.) Meetings and Training, Board Meetings Retirement Celebrations, Special Events, Public Events, Emergencies

 

Thank you,
Bonnie Woodward
City of Chattanooga
[email protected]

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Job Shadowing Opportunites

Good Afternoon All,

ETPA makes an annual presentation to the University of Tennessee's Master's in Public Policy and Administration class titled "Careers in Public Procurement." This year six students joined ETPA after the presentation. This afternoon we hosted a Lunch & Learn for the new student members. When asked how ETPA could better serve them and attract students to the Procurement field one student suggested job shadowing. Job shadowing would allow students to experience the Procurement world firsthand. Roughly 30% of government employees are currently retirement age. It is vital the we work to attract an untapped group to Procurement. Having said all that, would any of ETPA's member entities be interested in taking part in providing job shadowing opportunities to our student members?

Thank you,
Hazel Gibson
[email protected]

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Bid Award Question

Good Morning, KCDC recently received bids for a service type solicitation. The low bidder had a previous award with KCDC. During the term of that contract, the supplier failed to invoice for services and/or sent incorrect invoices. They are currently (several years later) seeking payment for those services totaling several thousand dollars. Litigation hasn't been initiated, but the case has escalated recently. Has anyone faced such an issue? If so, what was the decision and outcome? If not, would you award to the low bidder? The 2nd and only other bid received, was much higher.

Thanks,
Hazel Gibson,MBA
Procurement Analyst & Advisor
Knoxville's Community Development Corporation
[email protected]

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Liquidated Damages

What is the common dollar amount that you use for liquidated damages on construction projects?

Terry McKee, CPPO, CPPB
[email protected]

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Protests - Application to Contract Renewal

Does your agency apply a protest procedure to your contract renewals? Only questioning the recognition of the procedure itself, to the context of a renewal period. For instance, would your office recognize Vendor A protesting the renewal (aka new contract period) of a contract with Vendor B? Our procedures currently only explain it in the context of a fresh solicitation process (the initial contract period).

Bonnie Woodward
City of Chattanooga
[email protected]

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Mandatory Pre-Bid Meetings

Does your agency use mandatory pre-response meetings? What is the criteria that leads to this choice? Has your agency had any experience or received any interpretation that has guided your use of the 'mandatory' designation?

Bonnie Woodward
City of Chattanooga
[email protected]

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Welding Services

Good Morning, Does anyone have a welding services bid that KCDC could piggyback? If not, would anyone have a welding company or companies they would recommend that I could send a welding services solicitation? Have a wonderful afternoon!

Hazel Gibson
KCDC
[email protected]

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Thumb Drive Solicitations

In addition to a hard copy does your agency accept sealed solicitations on a thumb drive (in lieu of extra paper copies)? If so, does Purchasing verify that the contents of the thumb drive match the hard copy?

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Pnuematic Tube Systems

Has anyone had to install or provide service to a "pneumatic tubing system" at a location in East Tennessee?  I am looking for a local company who does this. These systems are seemingly found in banks and hospitals primarily.

Thanks,
David Griffin
PBA
[email protected]

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"Indoor Golf Facility" RFQ or RFP

Hello Members, I am reaching out to see if there are any members that work for a University went out to bid (RFQ and/or RFP) for an "Indoor Golf Facility" ? I'm looking for specifications, boilerplate language, and a list of vendors that I can use as a guide. Thank you in advance for any assistance and/or information that you may have. Victor Howell E-Mail: [email protected]

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2020 Reverse Tradeshow and Business Matching Event
July 23, 2020

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2020 Fall Professional Development Conference
October 29, 2020

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