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Our 30th Anniversary 1984~2014
Pursuing the highest standards of Public Procurement
through Education & Cooperation
Thirty years ago, in February 1983, twenty-five forward-thinking procurement professionals applied for a Charter with the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, forming a provisional Chapter of NIGP in the Portland/Vancouver area. The Chapter would be called the Columbia Chapter.
They took this step to provide educational opportunities to purchasing officers in the area that would help further their personal and professional development in the public procurement field. It was a goal of these founding individuals that the formation of this Chapter would also provide an avenue for certification that is nationally recognized by professional public purchasers and public agencies. On May 03, 1984 NIGP presented the Columbia Chapter with their charter and swore in the first cabinet of officers making them an official affiliate of NIGP.
The Columbia Chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) is a local not-for-profit education and research organization dedicated to helping governments manage tax dollars wisely. The chapter consists of members from the Portland Metropolitan area and surrounding communities.