55 episodes

There are nearly 20 million employees in state and local governments and educational institutions across the United States. They are all touched by the procurement decisions that are made every day. Decisions That Matter is brought to you by Procurated, and features in-depth discussions with procurement leaders and subject matter experts on the the most pressing topics in the public sector.

Decisions That Matter: A Public Procurement Podcast Procurated

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There are nearly 20 million employees in state and local governments and educational institutions across the United States. They are all touched by the procurement decisions that are made every day. Decisions That Matter is brought to you by Procurated, and features in-depth discussions with procurement leaders and subject matter experts on the the most pressing topics in the public sector.

    Ep. 54 - Workplace Optimization with Shuli Steele

    Ep. 54 - Workplace Optimization with Shuli Steele

    On this episode, we sit down with Shuli Steele to discuss workplace optimization in the public sector, and its implications on employee engagement, retention, efficiency and overall profitability. The workplace has evolved over the years, and there are many reasons for that evolution, but not all have led to positive outcomes or a more productive workforce. Listen to hear Shuli explain how you can adjust your government office or higher ed / k-12 set up to give people the best environment to excel. 

    This podcast is brought to you by Procurated, the first supplier evaluation and vendor management platform created exclusively for public sector purchasers. If you have a supplier that you love, or one that you want to warn other purchases about about, you can write a review in 90 seconds at www.Procurated.com/review.

    • 33 min
    Ep. 53 - Building Broadband Infrastructure and Access across Wisconsin w/ Alyssa Kenney

    Ep. 53 - Building Broadband Infrastructure and Access across Wisconsin w/ Alyssa Kenney

    On this episode, we are joined by Alyssa Kenney, the Director of Digital Access for the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin. Her  mission to bring high-speed broadband internet to the people that need it most, across the state of Wisconsin, is truly inspiring. She discusses the challenges that come with working in both densely populated cities and more spread out rural areas, and she shares details about how they allocate funds to different regions and projects. 

    This podcast is brought to you by Procurated, the first supplier evaluation and vendor management platform created exclusively for public sector purchasers. If you have a supplier that you love, or one that you want to warn other purchases about about, you can write a review in 90 seconds at www.Procurated.com/review.

    • 27 min
    Ep. 52 - Using Data to Build an Effective Fleet Management Operation w/ Mike Derr

    Ep. 52 - Using Data to Build an Effective Fleet Management Operation w/ Mike Derr

    This episode of Decisions that Matter, a Procurated podcast, features a great conversation with Mike Derr about the ins and outs of transforming a fleet division by using data to its fullest capacity. Michael recently joined the Procurated team after running Contracts and Purchasing for over 20 years for the County of Monterey in California. 

    Decisions That Matter is brought to you by Procurated. For a limited time, Procurated will donate $5 to NIGP's Membership Scholarship for every supplier review that our listeners write on Procurated.com, so visit the site today and share your experiences working with local suppliers to help fund NIGP Memberships for at-risk members.

    • 37 min
    Ep. 51 - Transitioning to a Green Fleet w/ Mark Stevens and Alison Kerstetter (City of Sacramento)

    Ep. 51 - Transitioning to a Green Fleet w/ Mark Stevens and Alison Kerstetter (City of Sacramento)

    This episode of Decisions that Matter, a Procurated podcast, features an incredibly insightful discussion about transitioning to a green fleet with Mark Stevens and Alison Kerstetter from the City of Sacramento in California. Together, they discuss how Sacramento’s sustainability policy has impacted the city’s push for a green fleet, how they get buy-in from local agencies, how they standardize and build an infrastructure to support green fleet, and finally, how they take full advantage of the cooperative purchasing options at the state and national level.  

    Decisions That Matter is brought to you by Procurated. For a limited time, Procurated will donate $5 to NIGP's Membership Scholarship for every supplier review that our listeners write on Procurated.com, so visit the site today and share your experiences working with local suppliers to help fund NIGP Memberships for at-risk members.

    • 38 min
    Ep. 50 - Creating a Centralized Procurement Division with TDOT's Chris Yarbrough

    Ep. 50 - Creating a Centralized Procurement Division with TDOT's Chris Yarbrough

    This episode features an interview with Chris Yarbrough from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Chris shares several actionable pieces of advice from his years in procurement about how to effectively create a new, centralized procurement division from scratch, and how to excel by being agile when the plan has to change due to unforeseen events like the 2020 pandemic.

    Decisions That Matter is brought to you by Procurated. For a limited time, Procurated will donate $5 to NIGP's Membership Scholarship for every supplier review that our listeners write on Procurated.com, so visit the site today and share your experiences working with local suppliers to help fund NIGP memberships for at-risk members. Hope you enjoy this episode, and have a great day.

    • 38 min
    Ep. 49 - Public Procurement in 2021 & Beyond with Jennifer Olzinger (Pittsburgh) and Trevor Day (Philadelphia)

    Ep. 49 - Public Procurement in 2021 & Beyond with Jennifer Olzinger (Pittsburgh) and Trevor Day (Philadelphia)

    On this episode of Decisions that Matter, Procurated CEO and Founder, David Yarkin, and co-host Bernadette Launi, sit down with two of the most innovative procurement leaders in Pennsylvania, Jennifer Olzinger, the Assistant Director and Procurement Manager for the City of Pittsburgh, and Trevor Day, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Philadelphia.  They share their experiences working in public procurement in the age of COVID, and they tackle important topics like sustainability, social responsibility, the realities of working in centralized vs. decentralized governments, and much more.

    Decisions That Matter is brought to you by Procurated. For a limited time, Procurated will donate $5 to NIGP's Membership Scholarship for ANY supplier review written on Procurated.com, and there is no limit to the number of entries, so visit the site today and share your experiences working with suppliers to keep one of your peers from losing their NIGP membership.

    • 41 min

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