OMES seeks local businesses for state’s top projects
By Christa Helfrey
Oklahoma government is about creating better outcomes for the 4 million people who live in our great state. At the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, we take that job seriously. One of our main roles is to solicit bids on the state’s most important projects. OMES is always looking to get the best value for taxpayers, while also investing in our local economy when we seek goods and services from private companies. We know that private-public partnerships are critical to Oklahoma’s continued success, and we’re going a step further to bring these opportunities directly to businesses.
The first-ever State Suppliers Expo on Oct. 19 is an opportunity for companies to learn hands-on how to partner with the state to complete diverse projects, innovate state government and deliver critical services for all Oklahomans.
The OMES Central Purchasing oversees state govrnment's public procurement from start to finish, with processed aims to combine quality services and competitive prices, helping the state reach important goals and saving taxpayer dollars. The State Suppliers Expo, sponsored by OMES Central Puchasing, seeks to build partnerships with more Oklahoma businesses to bridge gaps, invest in our economy and grow to meet the state’s needs.
This year, for the first time, OMES is partnering with Gov. Kevin Stitt’s cabinet to highlight the state’s current and upcoming projects. The expo will feature a Procurement Learning Center, where companies can sign up to do business with the state, and booths for all 15 cabinet areas – from agriculture and transportation, to public safety and education.
Just a few projects being highlighted at the expo:
Statewide fiber network
We are expanding the statewide fiber network over the next few years, and we need suppliers to provide resources to communities all over Oklahoma as we build this network.
Oklahoma is investing $30 million toward a five-year offender management system called ICON, a comprehensive law-enforcement and judicial network.
After an inmate is incarcerated, they need to have a plan to re-enter society. ICON creates pathways, like GPS real-time tracking and mental health services directly to smartphones, to identify and eliminate potential barriers. However, we need companies that will connect to our system and help us provide those services to create a cost-effective, more accessible option to those being released from prison.
Transportation infrastructure and safety
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has multimillion dollar projects in Canadian, Carter, Creek and Tulsa counties, where we are seeking great partners who can help us complete major construction goals.
Tourism virtual reality application
We are searching for a supplier who can develop a virtual reality application that would allow park visitors of all abilities to experience Oklahoma State Parks, even if they cannot physically visit a park or maneuver trails, caves and other natural features.
If any of these opportunities interest you, we encourage your company to attend the expo on Oct. 19 at the Oklahoma City Convention Center and learn how you can provide goods and services to the State of Oklahoma.
Visit oklahoma.gov/stateyourbusiness to RSVP and learn more.