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The city of Toledo awards nearly 600 contracts each year. Later this week, the city will be launching a new online bid and contract process in hopes of creating a more efficient system.
The city currently uses a paper folder system to circulate contracts from department to department. The process can take up to three months between a bid being awarded and a contract being signed for the work to start.
The city will begin accepting bids online and will be processing contracts online, as well.
Colleen LaChapelle, Toledo Purchasing Commissioner, says it's going to save the city time and money, plus reduce the possibility of work getting delayed. She also expects the process to save businesses time and money, which could encourage more companies to bid on city contracts.
"That will save businesses the expense of printing off, filling out the forms, mailing them into purchasing or delivering them. From there, it continues following the electronic process from bid to contract," explained LaChapelle.
The city is hosting a series of seminars to get companies up to speed with the new online process. The workshops will demonstrate how to use the new system and walk through the added value of bidding on city projects using the new online tools.
-Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. at the University of Toledo Scott Park Campus of Energy & Innovation, Student Center Room 1080C