The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is hosting an event in June for businesses interested in securing business contracts with local government agencies.

The Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will lead the Local Procurement Forum on June 12. PTAC aims to give businesses the opportunity to “thrive in the government contracting marketplace” through its mission to increase the number of government contracts awarded to Washington firms, according to a press release.

The event is from 8 to 10 a.m. June 12 at the Thurston EDC Center for Business and Innovation located on the SPSCC Lacey campus.

The event is free to attend, but it’s requested that attendees register online.

Washington PTAC provides no-cost, confidential, one-on-one technical assistance on all aspects of selling to federal, state, and local governments. At the event, businesses will have the opportunity to meet representatives from the city of Olympia, LOTT Clean Water Alliance, MSRC Rosters, Intercity Transit, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, the City of Lacey, the City of Tumwater, and South Puget Sound Community College.

A panel discussion at the event features local procurement professionals. Afterward, attendees can meet directly with purchasing representatives. Washington PTAC business counselors also will be on hand to answer questions, including how to register a business, where to find opportunities, and how to become certified.

“We are delighted to offer an event that helps connect local government agencies to qualified firms from our region,” said Washington PTAC Program Manager Tiffany Scroggs in a statement. “It will be a great opportunity for everyone to learn from each other.