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UNC School of Government

Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing

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This course is designed for new local government purchasing officials and covers basic principles and legal requirements for local government purchasing.

Topics include the following:

  • Competitive bidding requirements for purchasing and construction contracting
  • Purchasing ethics and conflicts of interest
  • Practical skills such as vendor relations, developing specifications, and bid solicitations
  • Purchasing policies and electronic bidding
  • Decision analysis, motivational strategies, and effective communication
  • Local government law overview, including open meetings and public records laws
  • Budgeting and fiscal control
  • Surplus property disposal
  • Tips for success from experienced local government purchasing professionals

Topics - Local and State Government

  • Leadership and Management
  • Local Government Finance

Who should attend

  • Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles
  • HR Professionals
  • Managers and Supervisors
  • Tax and Finance Officials


Norma Houston joined the School of Government in 2006. Prior to that, she served as chief of staff and general counsel to State Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight. She has also worked for UNC President Erskine Bowles and served as Dare County attorney, assistant attorney general in the NC...


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