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Brownsville Receives Prestigious Award

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The City of Brownsville has been awarded the prestigious 2022 Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI).  Image courtesy of the City of Brownsville
The procurement and contract management division at The City of Brownsville. From Left: Damian Espinoza, Alejandra Guajardo, Victor Puente, Denise Trevino, Dr. Antonio L. Caldwell, Carol Vasquez, Miguel Barajas.  Image courtesy of the City of Brownsville
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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The City of Brownsville has been awarded the prestigious 2022 Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI).   The AEP Award is earned by public and non-profit agencies that demonstrate a commitment to procurement excellence. This annual program recognizes procurement organizations that embrace Innovation, Professionalism, Productivity, Leadership, and e-Procurement.

“I would like to recognize the City’s Procurement and Contract Management division, as this is the first time the City of Brownsville has received this prestigious award. It is through our organization’s commitment to excellence that the City will continue to live out its core leadership value of innovation.” said Helen Ramirez, Interim Manager for the City of Brownsville.  

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The AEP program encourages the development of excellence as well as continued organizational improvement to earn the award annually. The Procurement and Contract Management division has worked to strengthen policies and streamline processes to elevate operations for two years. The City of Brownsville is one of 171 successful agencies including 73 cities, 36 counties, 15 special districts, 17 school districts, 14 higher education agencies, 5 state or provincial agencies and 11 others. 

In addition to the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI), the AEP is sponsored by the NIGP, the Institute for Public Procurement and Texas Public Purchasing Association (TxPPA), California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO), Canadian Public Procurement Council / Conseil Canadien des Marchés Publics (CPPC), Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO), National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). The AEP is supported by the Airport Purchasing Group (APG), OMINA Partners, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), and the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC).

“I am thrilled to lead such a passionate and high-performing team. We are responsible for the compliance and facilitation of all the City’s procurement processes. Our mission is to promote good financial stewardship by ensuring that the best value and quality of goods and services are procured by the city for its citizens and community.” said Dr. Antonio L. Caldwell, Procurement and Contracting Manager for the City of Brownsville.  

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Caldwell stated, “This achievement was truly a team effort; however, Carol Lynn Vasquez was instrumental in navigating the application process. We will continue to strive for excellence in procurement to better serve our internal and external business partners and member of the community.”

The public will have a chance to attend a “How to do business with the City of Brownsville” workshop at the Brownsville Event Center later this fall. Information on how to register to attend will be shared later this month.

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