New and Emerging Procurement Officers Program

Apply for NEPO 2023/2024

Connect with subject matter experts and peers in interactive sessions based on "real-time" issues, walking away with answers, plans and options to handle your day-to-day operational needs.Program content contributors include Center for Procurement Excellence, DIR, NASPO, and Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab.

Program Details

  • 8 sessions - held monthly at NCTCOG in Arlington
  • Netowrking breakfast, lunch and snacks included 
  • All sessions held at NCTCOG offices in Arlington


  • 8:00 - 8:30am Networking
  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Instructional Session and Open Forum Roundtable

Course Topics 

1. Leadership Development Assessments
Provides feedback on strengths and opportunities for improvement.
Provides valuable information about how to drive success for you and your organization.
Provides insight on how you can bridge your leadership style with the culture of your organization to improve
views of management, increase collaboration, and sustain an overall positive performance.

2. RFP Process (Spec Development & Evaluation Process)

  • What does it mean to take a results-centered approach when planning for and writing an RFP?
  • Planning for your RFP:
    • Putting together a project team
    • Engaging stakeholders
    • Conducting market research
  • Writing your RFP:
    • Background and problem statement
    • Goals
    • Scopes of work and specifications
    • Evaluation criteria
  • If time permits - best techniques for evaluating proposals could be added on

3. Creating a Meaningful Vendor Performance Program

4. Procurement Laws and Processes
This will be high level overview - a finance expert give an overview of taxes, TIF's, PID's and
what funds dedicated to specific endeavors such as hotel/Motel taxes.

5. Contracting for Construction
Process, Project Management, Contracts & Forms

6. Creating a Process / Training Manual

7. Project Management
Beyond the procurement process

8. Critical Thinking
How important is It? Who needs to have it? And when?

9. DIR - Serving your Technology Procurement Needs
Learn about their full suite of procurement offerings from purchase optionS to contract management.

10. Process Mapping for Success 
You know where you want to go - mapping out the best projects and processes to get you there!




Past Participants

Joanna Ash
City of Azle
Rosario Castillo
City of Forney
Melanie Cornwell
City of Cleburne
Drew Flores
City of Nacogdoches
Cynthia Hogue
City of Plano
Susan House
City of Mesquite
Craigan Johnson
Adam Lanter
City of Lake Worth
Angi Mize
City of Grand Prairie
Samantha Nelson
City of Royse City
Myra Rogers
City of Mesquite
Erin Roseman
City of Arlington
Tracey (Ogurek) Epps
Denton County
Michael Parrish
City of Plano
Kim Rivas
Parker County
Kim Ruiz
City of Grand Prairie
Christy Russell
City of Granbury
Briana Saldana
City of Corinth
Elizabeth Segura
City of Garland
Kay Wilkinson
Town of Flower Mound
Ryan Williams
City of Mesquite