Ohio University program helped businesses win $315 million in government contracts in 2014

Hannah Koerner
April 17, 2015

ATHENS, Ohio (April 15, 2015) - The Ohio University Procurement Technical Assistance Center (OU PTAC) helped businesses in 55 Ohio counties win more than 2,410 government contracts worth nearly $315 million in 2014, according to a recently released annual report.
The report also noted that the center helped an additional 795 new clients in 2014 and assisted in creating or retaining nearly 6,293 jobs.
The center’s clients won a total of 2,414 contracts in 2014—a significant increase in the 1,307 contracts awarded in 2013. The total dollar value of the awards increased accordingly, totaling just under $315 million, a sum nearly $14 million higher than for all contracts awarded in 2013.
OU PTAC, one of five PTAC programs in the state of Ohio, is part of a nationwide network of PTAC offices created by the U.S. Department of Defense to help businesses compete for federal, state and local government contracts. OU PTAC has been affiliated with the Ohio University Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs since 2002.
Sharon Hopkins, director of OU PTAC, credits the increase in awards to her program’s participation in a Defense Logistics Agency pilot program designed to streamline reporting and more easily quantify program results. At the same time, the pilot program sharpened OU PTAC’s attention to businesses that showed the most interest in gaining government contracts.
“By focusing on the businesses dedicated to government contracting, we were able to make a bigger impact in our assistance and the end result was additional contract dollar awards to those businesses,” Hopkins said.
For further information, visit the OU PTAC website at ohio.edu/ptac or contact the center at ptac@ohio.edu.
About the Voinovich School
The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University finds researched-based solutions to challenges facing communities, the economy and the environment.  Its public-private partnerships encourage growth and stability.  And its students learn by doing as they prepare for careers serving the public interest in Ohio University's rural region and beyond.
For more information about OU PTAC, contact Sharon Hopkins at hopkins1@ohio.edu or 740.597.1868
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