Request for Proposals: Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want

Local governments are grappling with supply chain delays and rising costs. This panel looks at procurement strategies for today’s trying times. 

It is almost impossible to escape news coverage about inflation, supply chain delays, and just general uncertainty in the economy. Much like many families’ checkbooks, current economic conditions are cutting deeply into local government finances. This largely translates into project budgets not going as far, or procurement delays increasing project turnaround times and adding to costs. This panel hears from multiple experts in the field to try and take the pain our of procurement.

Description: One of the most important facets of county engineering is the purchase of services and materials – responsible spending and safe and reliable construction are high priorities for all public servants. This crucial work has been made more difficult as public works leaders contend with record inflation, supply chain shortages, and the great resignation. Public and private sector leaders discuss a variety of procurement practices, challenges, and opportunities in the wake of the pandemic and the continuing turbulent economic environment.


  • Tom Sadowski, Executive Director – Maryland Economic Development Corporation
  • Joseph Siemek, PE – Director of Public Works, Harford County – President of County Engineers Association of Maryland (CEAM)
  • Melinda Peters, PE – Partner, RK&K – President of American Council of Engineering Companies, Maryland (ACEC-MD)
  • Rick Scheetz – President, Gray and Son

Moderator: Delegate Melissa Wells

Date/Time: Thursday, August 18, 2022; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The 2022 MACo Summer Conference will be held at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD from August 17-20. This year’s theme is “Taking Care of Business.” More information can be found on our conference website.
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