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Augusta Holds Open Forum To Help Local Businesses

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Helping out local businesses, that's the goal for some city leaders.  And an event being held right now, is proving to do just that. 

The open business forum is being held by Augusta's Procurement department at the Julian Smith Casino.  The goal is to gain more work to city departments, through local businesses. 

Speakers will be breaking down all of the policies and procedures that are necessary when bidding on a city project.  Organizers say it's important to them that they stay local if they can.  At today's event, all 9 city departments are on-hand, ready and willing to talk with those who want to do business with the city.   

"It gives you an opportunity to come and meet with those people and say, 'I have a product that I'm going to sell to you.  I want to be able to be in the bid process, tell me how to do that,'" said Donnie Smith, District 7 Commissioner, Augusta.

"We are also very cognizant of our tax payers, their investment into the city, and we just want them to know that the city of Augusta is doing well," said Geri Sams, Procurement Director.  "And we are very conscious of their input.  We're very conscious of being one of the cities, the best of the kind."

The event ends today (Monday) at 3 pm.  If you can't make it to the event and want more information, you can always call or go in person, to the procurement office.

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