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Doing Business with Government Programs Reach Out to Vendors.

 On the morning of April 16, 2012 the New Jersey State League of Municipalities in partnership with the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce held its first of a two part series of seminars on the topic of “Doing Business with Local Government -The Procurement Process and Ethics Rules are Different” at the Conference Center at Mercer in West Winsor.

Attendees
Attendees at the “Doing Business with Government” seminar
on April 16, 2012 at the Conference Center at Mercer
Thomas Bracken
Thomas Bracken, CEO/President New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce

The full day program began with opening remarks from NJ Chamber President and CEO Thomas Bracken who welcomed attendees to the program. Next, Moderator and Committeeman and Immediate League Past President Chuck Chiarello of Buena Vista began the informational seminar. The first speaker, Joseph Valenti, Retired Chief of Bureau of Local Management Services, from the Division of Local Government Services spoke on the basic concepts, laws and rules for government procurement process. Mr. Valenti illustrated to attendees the distinct differences between purchasing in the private sector world and the public sector world. The next speaker, Dave Hollberg, Township Manager, Chief Financial Officer, of Pequannock and President of the Government Finance Officers Association, discussed how vouchers and governing body approval is needed before any checks or other payments are issued when doing business with local government.

Krista Hadinger
Kristina P. Hadinger Esq. Mason, Griffin & Pierson PC

The afternoon portion of the program featured an in depth look into the Pay-to-Play Laws in New Jersey and the Ethics rules. Kristina P. Hadinger, Esq, League Assistant Counsel discussed the rules of Pay to Play, contracting limitations, penalties, and contract disclosure. William Kearns Jr, Esq, League General Counsel discussed Ethics and Conflict of Interest with respect to doing business with local government and the marked differences between the public  and the private sector.

By the end of the day, attendees remarked that they had a much better understanding of the procurement process and ethics rules in local government and were glad that they had attended. The second part of this program “Partnering with Municipal Government for Economic Development” will be held on May 3 at the Crowne Plaza in Monroe Township.

For more information on this or the May 3 program please call the League office at 609-695-3481 ext 118 or click the following link: http://www.njslom.org/seminar-documents/2012-0503-econ-dev.html

 

 

 

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