Gov. Deal announces launch of Georgia Defense Exchange

Gov. Nathan Deal announced the launch of the Georgia Defense Exchange (GDX), an interactive business development platform designed to assist Georgia businesses in finding new opportunities in Department of Defense (DOD) contracting.

 

“From the Bell Bomber Plant during WWII to the NSA and U.S. Army Cyber Command in Augusta today, Georgia enterprises enjoy a storied history of fulfilling contracts for national defense,” Deal said. “Last year alone, defense contracts executed in Georgia were valued at $6.4 billion. These contracts provide significant opportunities for Georgia businesses and drive new development in local communities across the state. The GDX platform will allow us to equip companies with the tools they need to be competitive in acquiring DOD contracts while ensuring that this long-standing tradition continues in Georgia.”

 

GDX offers Georgia’s defense contracting community a one-stop data research and collaboration platform. The platform was designed to support and engage businesses across a wide variety of industry sectors with its rich data visualizations, interactive dashboards, real-time DOD data and business-to-business communication tools. GDX will open new opportunities for both traditionally defense-related businesses and service-oriented companies with no experience in defense contracting.

 

Lockheed Martin, Meggitt, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman account for some of the largest defense contracts in Georgia. Additionally, more than $3 billion of Georgia’s defense contracts are related to services for facility maintenance, science and engineering, equipment and construction.

 

To develop GDX, the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) collaborated with The Simple VUE, an Atlanta-based full-service information technology and data analytics consulting firm, and the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC), a federally funded program that helps Georgia businesses identify, compete for, and win government contracts in order to sustain and grow their businesses.

 

GDEcD and GTPAC began collaborating on the project in September of 2016. A unit of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), Georgia Tech’s chief economic development arm, GTPAC provided its research data and advised on the creation of an economic development model for the aerospace and defense industries, said Chuck Schadl, EI2‘s group manager of government contracting services, which includes GTPAC and the Contracting Academy at Georgia Tech.

 

GTPAC staff also arranged for several Georgia defense contractors to provide focus group feedback on the GDX tool, make suggestions, and comment on its utility.

 

“We pride ourselves on maintaining the best business environment in the nation, and providing top-notch resources for our citizens,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “GDX levels the playing field, giving small businesses in Georgia the chance to know about and respond to the many defense contracting opportunities that are available. I am confident that all Georgia companies will benefit tremendously from GDX, and that our state will increase its competitive advantage in this sector.”

GTPAC-hosted event connect small businesses, government agencies, and prime contractors

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More than that 250 small businesses participated in the recent Industry Day. Hosted by the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center, attendees connected with various government agencies and resource partners to learn more about government contracting opportunities.

More than 250 small businesses attended a recent Industry Day event in which they connected and networked with government agencies seeking to contract with vendors.

The Jan. 24, 2017 event, which was hosted by the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) and sponsored by the Atlanta chapter of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), featured presentations on various federal, state and local government agencies’ contract opportunities. It also facilitated meetings between business attendees and government agencies and resource partners.

Sharon Morrow, the Army’s Office of Small Business Programs’ mentor-protégé program manager and small business liaison for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) /Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), delivered the keynote address.

Other featured speakers included NCMA Atlanta Chapter president Christina Edwards; GTPAC program manager Joe Beaulieu; Georgia State University executive-in-residence Cassius Butts; and NCMA Atlanta small business chair and CDC small business manager Gwendolyn Miles.

Attendees learned several key business engagement protocols and other tips from several representatives of the Small Business Administration, Veterans Administration, and General Services Administration, among other agencies.

Copies of presentations which were made at the event can be downloaded here: Industry Day 2017.

More information about the overall Industry Day 2017 event may be accessed here.

GTPAC receives funding commitments to enter 30th year of service

http://gtpac.orgOn Feb. 1, 2016, the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) enters its 30th year of continuous operation, serving Georgia businesses to help them win and manage government contracts.

 

GTPAC is one of about a dozen programs – known as Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) – that were established shortly after Congress launched the initiative in 1985. Today, there are 97 PTACs across the nation that serve all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

 

GTPAC’s continued operation is possible based on a 50-50 funding match between the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and state funding made available through Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2).

 

On Jan. 22, 2016, GTPAC received a fully executed award document from the DLA ensuring that funding would be made available to Georgia Tech for another year of PTAC operations in the state of Georgia.

 

The Georgia Tech program is recognized as a PTAC with one of the strongest track records. Last year, the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers ranked as one of the top five programs in the nation. On average, GTPAC helps Georgia businesses win between $500 million and $1 billion in government contracts each year.

 

In calendar year 2015, GTPAC’s clients won 3,618 government prime contracts and 613 subcontracts worth a combined total of $1.2 billion.

 

GTPAC counseled, instructed, and provided bid opportunities to an active client base of 2,500 businesses across the State of Georgia last year. GTPAC also conducted 126 classes and participated in 33 events statewide where more than 6,000 business people received instruction on how to effectively compete for government contracts. In all, GTPAC staff members conducted 6,339 counseling sessions with Georgia-based small businesses in 2015 as well as 262 counseling sessions with large businesses.

 

GTPAC maintains staff in Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Gainesville, Carrollton, Savannah, and Warner Robins. All businesses in Georgia are eligible to receive GTPAC’s services at no cost. The program provides Georgia businesses with counseling, training, and a complete set of electronic tools to research and identify government contracting opportunities.

 

For contact information, and to register for any GTPAC workshop statewide, visit the program’s website at www.gtpac.org.