Greg Faulkner - Director of the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
The Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at Bradley University welcomed Greg Faulkner on August 12 as the new PTAC Director. Greg is replacing Linda Krendick who retired in June of this year.
Since its opening of the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center in November of last year, the PTAC has worked hard to assist more than 200 clients with receiving more than $179 million in awards. Hosting the PTAC at the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship has been a benefit to local businesses and the surrounding community by creating or retaining 143 jobs since November of 2012.
The impact of the assistance provided by the PTAC is significant. As an outreach center for small business doing business with the government, it serves as a one stop shop for assistance in acquiring advantageous business certifications, receiving bid announcements that are relevant to the business concern, and guidance for assembling effective responses to bid solicitations. The PTAC uses their resources and knowledge of the procurement process to help small business engage all levels of government to sell their service or product.
As the federal government continues its efforts to push 23% of all federal spending to small businesses, the PTAC is vigilant in diversifying the client database to ensure there is a large representation of minority, women, and veteran owned small businesses to take advantage of this effort. PTAC services are available to all small business seeking to engage in the governmental procurement process. The PTAC is currently undertaking efforts to expand the client pool to include skilled trades related to the construction and manufacturing industry, service sector, and professional/technical expertise.
Greg recently moved to Peoria with his wife and two children from the Washington DC area. There Greg worked for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), whose primary focus is economic development in the 13 Appalachian states. Prior to ARC, Greg worked for the City of Columbus in Ohio. While at the City of Columbus, Greg worked in the Economic Development Department and in the Finance Division administering the procurement code for the Construction Management Office. Greg also worked for a non-profit and for-profit company in Dayton, Ohio on projects to revitalize the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.
Greg is a graduate of Wright State University with a Masters degree in Urban Administration and Bachelors in Urban Affairs.