Media Release

NIGP 6th Annual Reverse Trade Show

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 1:00 AM
9:00 a.m.

ALACHUA COUNTY - North Central Florida businesses have a chance to turn the tables on local governments. The North Central Florida Chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.(NIGP) 6th Annual Reverse Trade Show will be held at Central FL Community College on Wednesday, July 16, 2008.

Instead of setting appointments and spending days to travel to each of the government agencies represented, businesses will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and meet with purchasing representatives from all the agencies in one room during a four-hour period. They will be able to get pointers on dealing with the government and ascertain which entities may have need for their services and/or products.
"The government agencies participating in the reverse trade show are eager to tap the largest possible pool of vendors when they make purchases," Alachua County Purchasing Manager Larry M. Sapp, CPPB, said. "We're especially interested in reaching small business enterprises (SBE'S)."
Last year, approximately 250 visitors took advantage of the opportunity to meet with purchasing professionals representing 20 government agencies including cities, counties, state agencies, US GSA, community colleges and universities, water districts, school boards, and utilities.  The NIGP heard many positive comments from vendors who are delighted to be able to meet with so many agencies at one place and at one time.
Participating governmental agencies: 
  • Alachua County BoCC & Library District
  • Alachua County School Board
  • Alachua County Health Department
  • Central Florida Community College - CFCC
  • Citrus County BoCC
  • City of Gainesville
  • City of Ocala
  • Gainesville Regional Utilities - GRU
  • Marion County BoCC
  • Marion County Public Schools
  • Santa Fe College - SFC
  • Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • St Johns River Water Management District
  • State of Florida Department of Corrections
  • State of Florida DMS
  • Suwannee River Water Management District
  • US General Administration - GSA
  • University of Florida - UF
  • Village Community Development Districts
And other upon registration
Visit the website of the North Central Florida Chapter of NIGP at to pre-register.
For additional information, contact Darryl R. Kight, CPPB, or Matt Stevens, Alachua County Purchasing Division at 352.374.5202.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).