Lancaster – Lawmakers, economic development officials, and local business leaders came to the Ohio University Lancaster Campus Thursday for the official launch of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
The Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs recently opened the center in Brasee Hall. The PTAC helps local businesses navigate the process of securing government contracts. Mike Blythe, who has an extensive background working with the military and federal government, runs the Lancaster office as a PTAC Procurement Specialist.
"The Open House Networking Event was a chance for business leaders in the area to come together and learn what our office is all about," said Blythe."Our goal is to help businesses tackle the government contracting process at the federal, state and county levels and help them successfully compete to be awarded contracts."
Blythe has an eight county service area which includes Fairfield, Knox, Licking, Pickaway, Coshocton, Hocking, Muskingum and Perry Counties. Ohio University PTACs are also located in Athens, Columbus and Akron. They are funded by a combination of Department of Defense, State of Ohio and Ohio University commitments.
The networking event was held in the Earl C. Keaton Memorial Student Mezzanine near the front entrance to Brasee Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments were provided and Blythe made pamphlets and other information available about how the PTAC can help area businesses and the regional economy grow. Blythe's office on the Lancaster Campus is located in the Community and Corporate Learning Office on the third floor.