Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing

This course will be held in-person and online at the School of Government.

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 in public procurement;
  • Practical skills such as vendor relations, developing specifications, and preparing 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; and
  • Tips for success from experienced local government purchasing professionals.

 

Additional information

The 2021 Agenda is on the Materials tab.

Next Class is scheduled for April 25-27, 2023

  • Chapel Hill, NC
    This course is also available online.
    April 25 - 27, 2023

    Chapel Hill, NC 27599
    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before April 17, 2023 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after April 18, 2023, but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.
    View Hotel Information

    Fairfield By Marriott                 99.00/night plus taxes
    Includes Hot Breakfast
    7807 Leonardo Dr, Durham, NC 27713
    Phone: 919-806-8200
    Reservations must be received on or before 5PM Thursday, March 23, 2023
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     Holiday Inn Express –Local Government Purchasing  104.00/night plus taxes

    A block of rooms has been set up at the newly renovated Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill with a rate of $104.00. The rate includes a full deluxe hot breakfast and Wi-Fi. To reserve a room online please click the link Local Government Purchasing  To reserve a room by phone call the hotel at 919-489-7555 and provide the name Group Code "LGP”.

    To receive the discounted rate reservations must be made no later than March 31 2023

     

     

    $590.00
    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.
  • Chapel Hill, NC
    April 25 - 27, 2023
    UNC School of Government

    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before April 17, 2023 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after April 18, 2023, but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.

Access to Canvas for materials will be provided closer to the first day of class.

For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Carla Stowe

Program Manager, Local and State Government Group
919.843.8176