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Improving Purchasing by Empowering Public Servants — ICYMI

Pavilion CEO and co-founder Mariel Reed talks about how government and technology are the two most important tools for improving lives at scale, and her goal of improving public purchasing for state and local agencies.

Procurement may not be the most exciting part of government, but it's one of the most important for making government better — and faster.

So says Pavilion (formerly CoProcure) co-founder and CEO Mariel Reed, a self-proclaimed "proud public procurement nerd."

She notes that procurement directly determines the speed and quality of public services, affecting everything that both the private and public sectors aspire to do in order to make government better. As a result, often the most impactful thing that the public sector can do isn’t adding new programs or projects — it’s removing obstacles to progress.

On this episode of ICYMI, Reed joins Dustin Haisler and Joe Morris to discuss her journey from government to the tech industry, witnessing the direct positive impacts of more efficient processes on the local community, the significant hurdles still encountered by public servants and the procurement trends she is currently seeing.


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“In Case You Missed It” is Government Technology’s weekly news roundup and interview live show featuring e.Republic Chief Innovation Officer Dustin Haisler and Deputy Chief Innovation Officer Joe Morris as they bring their analysis and insight to the week’s most important stories in state and local government.

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Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As President, Haisler drives exponential growth, implements new ideas and promotes a corporate culture that rewards creativity. Read his full bio.
Joseph Morris is the Chief Innovation Officer of <i>Government Technology's</i> parent company e.Republic and a national keynote speaker on issues, trends and drivers impacting state and local government and education. He has authored publications and reports on funding streams, technology investment areas and public-sector priorities, and has led roundtables, projects and initiatives focused on issues within the public sector. Joe has conducted state and local government research with e.Republic since 2007 and knows the ins and outs of government on all levels. He received his Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations from the California State University, Sacramento.