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Public Spend Forum: Employee engagement and using tech to help local govs create an equitable & sustainable future

10/15/2021 By


Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public buying everywhere. GovShop is its free-to-use global government market research tool for finding and connecting with suppliers. Read more from PSF and GovShop founder Raj Sharma here: Working towards a more open and accessible public sector marketplace – for suppliers and buyers.

And take a look at this LinkedIn post from Raj to get a feel for why he cares so much about Open Government Markets.

This week’s latest from PSF:

Strategies and tech to increase employee engagement and mental health

While traditional methods of employee engagement are important, technology has a critical role to play, especially cutting-edge tools built specifically to address employee engagement, motivation and mental health now that more and more people are working in a hybrid manner.

Keeping staff motivated and happy in virtual environments is a challenge for companies of all sizes, as well as for government agencies. So this virtual event “How Emerging Tech is Helping with Employee Engagement & Mental Health” will explain what these technologies are and how your organization or agency can apply them to drive highly engaged and highly motivated teams.

You will hear from three venture-backed companies that have turned employee engagement on its head and built innovative tools to drive high employee engagement, better mental health and more successful organizations.

Register for free here for Wed, Oct 20th, 2021 2pm – 3pm EDT

Data & tech helping local government create an equitable & sustainable future

In San Francisco Bay Area, nearly 8 billion people live, work and travel. In order to gauge the residents’ priorities, and to bring members of the public into the conversation, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments teamed up with co:census to gather data from their constituents, with the goal of providing a more equitable and sustainable future for all residents. They focused on key issues such as the economy, the environment, housing and transportation.

Some of the results showed:

  • Economy — most respondents selected free internet for the under-served and building office and retail spaces near transit.
  • Environment — respondents prioritized protecting communities most at-risk and establishing carpool and bike-share programs.
  • Transportation — respondents prioritized reducing freeway interchanges and bottlenecks, building safer streets, and enhancing public transit.

Read more about the plan here, and what they expect to do going forward.

And in other news … 

Cutting-edge tech: Leading the fight with disinfection, and similar suppliers on GovShop

Finland tweaks 2022 budget to accommodate HX fighter purchase

NI: Demand for online public services has soared — new report

Wind industry to approach DMRE with pitch for unlocking domestic value-chains from $8bn roll-out

Cost of building rising at twice rate as before pandemic

48 percent of UK businesses experience cyber breach during the pandemic

Scottish PPE contracts handed out ‘fairly’ but just 20 per cent hit transparency target

New Renovation tool will help cities tackle climate, economic and health crises

EC procurement triggers wider deployment of innovative disinfection robots across Europe’s hospitals

Innovation Tech Showcase

The ongoing GovShop Tech Pitch Showcase features 4 powerhouse entrepreneurs speed pitching their innovative tech products to government agencies in just 5 minutes.

Any Government official interested in lowering barriers to entry for emerging suppliers and who want to hear about innovative solutions for their department’s projects, will benefit from this short, sharp session. Equally, any company/supplier/vendor that wants to learn from peers about what makes a killer GovMarket tech pitch, will find this is 25 minutes very well spent.

The Tech Pitch Showcase is a no-cost platform for emerging and diverse companies to help them stand out in the GovMarket. Learn more and apply to present a pitch, here.

Register to join the next showcase here 


Interesting and useful material:

The GovShop Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) — is a one-stop-shop containing anything a small business would need to know to navigate public procurement in the United States, and beyond.

The 7 Principles for GovMarket Growth can be downloaded for free.

Meet Jack for a free GovShop demo

If you’d like to meet Jack from the GovShop customer success team, you can book a free consultation and demo to learn how to optimize your profile and get the most out of GovShop, the free government buyer/supplier matching and shortlisting database. From claiming your supplier profile and optimizing your keywords, to standing out in a crowded market and building your sales pipeline, email Jack to help.

Contact Public Spend Forum

Contact if you’d like to understand more about public procurement, the effect of the pandemic, where to find suppliers for a specific category, or any other burning issue you have.

PSF would also love to hear from you if you have a success story within your organization you’d like to share. If you’d like to share your opinions or insight on a public-procurement-relevant issue please see the Guest Author Guidelines here.