Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Procurement Conference Attracts Key Defense Medical, Public Health, Infrastructure and Tech Leaders

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Register today to attend and hear HHS and Defense leaders discuss future pandemic preparedness strategy.

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Find out what it takes to thrive in today's competitive procurement arena by connecting with military and government agencies, prime contractors, and state and local representatives at the 19th Annual SMART PROC GovCon

SMART brings together senior government and Congressional leaders, federal program managers, contract officers and academia to provide insight into future programs, challenges and needs from industry in construction, defense, public health, preparedness and cyber/IT leaders. Back in-person, join over 300 attendees to network and do a year’s worth of business development in 1.5 days at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Frederick, Md.

The 2 day-long event offers valuable insights from procurement experts in government, business, and academia that will benefit large contractors, small businesses, minority- and women-owned concerns, and businesses run by service-disabled veterans. Powerful sessions from leaders in the Public Health response on the Future of Public Health Emergency Response, another on the needs of the future battlefield, hear from program offices at Fort Detrick, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Meade and Pax River. Meet with national small business advocates from the Department of Army, Department of Navy, Department of Homeland Security, Army Medical Command, Department of State, Department of Transportation, General Services Administration, National Institutes of Health, and many more.

Network with life science, tech firms, universities, and federal and state contractors at SMART PROC GovCon. Conference has over 80 speakers, 2 Keynote Plenary Sessions, 14 breakout sessions, over 40 exhibitors and sponsors with opportunities to meet one on one with agency contract officers. Networking receptions will showcase Maryland craft breweries, wineries and distilleries.

Kicking off the day will be keynotes from Kimberly Buehler, Director of Army Office of Small Business Programs, Dawn Rosarius, Principal Assistant for Acquisition for USAMRDC, Darryl Colvin, Joint Program Executive Officer for JPEO CBRND, APG, Tammy Griffith, Deputy Senior Acquisition Executive and Senior Team Lead, National Security Agency, Mr. Bryan Shuy, Chief of Staff for Representative Andy Harris, Lisa Swoboda, Senior Director, Office of Military and Federal Affairs, Maryland Department of Commerce, Arveice Washington, Deputy Director, Department of the Navy, Kathy Berst, Deputy Assistant Director for Acquisition and Sustainment, DHA, Wallace Sermons, Deputy Director for Government Contracting, GCBD, SBA, Patrick G. Shannon, Program Manager, CHIO/G6 Army MedCom, and 80 other speakers from the major military and civilian installations in the region.

Don’t miss the Future of Public Health panel with key HHS leaders like Dr. Jason Roos - H-CORE, Chris Houchens – BARDA, Dr. Paula Bryan – NIAID, MAJ Maira Malhabour – USAF, Jason Stears – SNS. Additional sessions will focus on the future battlefield with CDMRP, USAMMDA, USAMRDC, CCCRP, ORTA, JPEO CBRND and more. There are detailed breakout sessions to help small business navigate and network for information on federal opportunities. Each day there are networking receptions to foster teaming relationships.

Register or on-site the day of the conference, doors open to public at 12pm February 22 and 7 a.m. on February 23, 2023.

The meeting is sponsored by the Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow (SMART). The SMART organization 501c3 executes the vision of the SMART Congressional Iniative by providing a membership organization promoting tech enterprise in the region. The conference goal is to build stronger relationships, provide teaming partnerships and discuss upcoming procurement forecasts among industry, community, government, and academia.

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