We believe that there are countless opportunities why you should attend the biannual Kansas City Regional Procurement Exposition, or KCRPE, but we've managed to narrow it down to five:
Learn new skills and upgrade current ones. No matter how long you've been in public sector procurement, chances are there is still something you need to learn. Trends and law change, new strategies and innovations in procurement happen all the time. To stay up-to-date you need an educational opportunity that provides you with the full range of procurement knowledge. Earn contact hours for certification and re-certification.
Network with your peers. We know you've heard it all before, but networking is a huge part of your professional success. When you meet with your peers, you have an opportunity to collaborate, hear new ideas, and validate or change your perspectives. You may hear what others are doing and be inspired to implement something similar - or you could even hear another idea and realize you're already on the right track! You can find a mentor or become one, and even make connections to help you further your own career.
Meet with new vendors and suppliers. Our exhibitors are industry experts and solution-providers who truly know what is happening in the world of procurement - and they have answers to your questions. Invest time in the exposition hall - our vendors are some of the best people for you to get to know if you want to learn more about what's happening in procurement now - and what's going to happen in the future. Trust us: discovering innovative products and services is necessary to identify the best products and services at the lowest competitive prices in today’s world.
Hear from the experts. Our speakers are proven business leaders, strategists, practitioners, and peers. Many of them are procurement professionals; others are well-respected industry leaders who know what you need to know. Our selection process for speakers is as rigorous as you'll find anywhere, and we make sure that you're hearing from the best. You'll get a solid grounding in tried-and-true procurement fundamentals and unique insight into the innovative new practices.
Have fun. Let's be honest - KCRPE is a lot of learning packed into a short amount of time.
Kansas Association of Public Purchasing Professionals was established as the 34th chapter of NIGP. KAPPP includes public procurement professionals for the state of Kansas. Chapter website is www.kappp.org.
Mid America Council of Public Procurement was established as the 31st Chapter of NIGP. MACPP includes public procurement professionals in the Kansas City area, reaching out to both Missouri and Kansas. Chapter website is www.macpp.org.
NIGP-The Institute for Public Procurement has been developing, supporting, and promoting the public procurement profession through premier educational and research programs, professional support, technical services, and advocacy initiatives that benefit members and constituents since 1944. With over 3,000 member agencies, 75 chapters such as KAPPP, MACPP, and MAPP, and representing over 15,000 professionals across the United States, Canada, and countries outside of North America, the Institute is international in its reach. To learn more about NIGP, access the organization’s website at www.nigp.org.
The Missouri Association of Public Purchasing was established in 1972, the 3rd chapter of NIGP. MAPP includes public procurement professionals for the state of Missouri. Chapter website is www.mappi.org.