Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing

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This course is designed for new local government purchasing officials and covers basic principles and legal requirements for local government purchasing.

Topics include the following:

  • Competitive bidding requirements for purchasing and construction contracting
  • Purchasing ethics and conflicts of interest
  • Practical skills such as vendor relations, developing specifications, and bid solicitations
  • Purchasing policies and electronic bidding
  • Decision analysis, motivational strategies, and effective communication
  • Local government law overview, including open meetings and public records laws
  • Budgeting and fiscal control
  • Surplus property disposal
  • Tips for success from experienced local government purchasing professionals


Additional files:
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This course is offered periodically.
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Scholarship Information:
The Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are five deadlines to submit applications: March 1, June 1, August 1, September 1 and December 1.

Faculty Coordinator

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Lecturer in Public Law and Government

We are now utilizing Sakai; an online site accessible to registrants only. You will receive instructions from me on how to log on this site about 1 week prior to class. (make sure you check your spam/junk folders). If you do not receive this email, please contact Jo Ann at

To access the agenda please click on the link below (it is a hyperlink)  

Agenda - Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing

For questions regarding course details, please contact the program manager.

Faculty Coordinator

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Program Manager
For questions regarding course content, please contact the faculty coordinator.

Faculty Coordinator

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Lecturer in Public Law and Government
For questions regarding registration, resetting passwords, or login issues, please contact Registration at or 919-966-4414.
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