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Chamber Press Release

"Education, Information and Change" was Focus of 2009 Ft. Belvoir Procurement Forum
Published Wednesday, February 4, 2009
by Corey Goggin

Fort Belvoir, Va. - The Fort Belvoir Procurement Forum took place February 3rd at the prestigious Officers' Club located on the U.S. Army Base.

The focus of the day "Education, Information and Change." Colonel Mark Moffatt, Garrison Commander at Fort Belvoir, provided opening remarks with a spotlight on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). He discussed the estimated effects the increase in people and jobs at Fort Belvoir would have over the next several years including a dramatic increase in Federal procurement opportunities.

Three concurrent sessions were offered to provide attendees with valuable information on how to best identify, target and execute strategies for successful Federal procurement endeavors. Session topics were: "Learn How to do Business with NGA," "Cyber Initiative Overview," and "Acquisition Practices: Changes and Compliance." There was also an afternoon seminar presented by Mission Installation Contracting Command, Director of Contracting - Ft. Belvoir (MICC DOT-Ft. Belvoir) about "Marketing to the Government: Finding Who Needs What We Sell."

In between the concurrent sessions, attendees had the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from various government contracting companies who set up exhibit booths at the event.

The luncheon keynote was Dr. Jack London, Chairman of the Board of CACI. London gave a presentation on the importance of small business in government contracting, highlighting his tenure at CACI.

Following lunch, attendees were able to participate in one-on-one interviews with various companies and government agencies.

"One of the many highlights of the day was the arrival of representatives from various Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (SADBU) for exclusive one-on-one meetings," said event co-chair Linda Drake, Senior Consultant at GCS, Inc. "We were also honored to include contracting officers from selected Army acquisition centers."

The event was presented in partnership with MICC DOT-Ft. Belvoir and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce's GovCon Council.

Established in 1925, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce is a privately operated, nonprofit membership organization that represents northern Virginia's premier businesses. The Fairfax County Chamber leverages its access, influence and relationships to advance the economic vitality and quality of life in the northern Virginia region. For more information about the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, visit the Chamber's Web site at

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