Since 1952, NCAGP has supported public procurement professionals in North through a variety of educational and networking programs and opportunities. A vibrant and growing organization, we are committed to the ongoing professional development of our members who represent the purchasing departments of state, county, municipal and educational agencies.

To promote the importance of our members' roles in responding to the increasing challenges and demands faced by government procurement, we target these goals in our short and long-term planning strategies:

  • The study, discussion and recommendation of improvements in governmental purchasing.
  • The exchange of ideas and experience and the sourcing of expert advice on local and state purchasing problems.
  • The collection and distribution to governmental purchasing officials of information on the organization and administration of governmental buying.
  • The development and promotion of simplified standards and specifications for governmental buying.
  • The promotion of uniform purchasing law and procedures.
  • The improvement of laws relating to governmental purchasing.
  • The provision of information to taxpayers on governmental buying problems to foster interest in public affairs and cooperation between governmental buyers and those they serve.
  • The encouragement of professional development through sponsorship of educational programs and other professional development activities.


In 1952, the Carolina-based members of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. saw the need for a regional organization that would devote itself to improvement of purchasing techniques by public purchasing officials. At that time the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), with its headquarters in Washington, D.C., encouraged its members to organize chapters to operate under its existing rules and regulations.

An organizational meeting was held April 24, 1953 where officers were elected, bylaws were adopted and 20 charter members operated as a chapter of the NIGP. In 1959, NCAGP withdrew from NIGP and was affiliated with and operated from the School of Government at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

In 2003, NCAGP realized a need to offer additional training for its members and decided to pursue re-affiliation with the NIGP. NCAGP now operates as Chapter #86 of the NIGP while continuing its affiliation with the School of Government. NCAGP grew from 20 Charter Members in 1953 to 250 members in the late 80's, entered the millennium with 400 members and will soon pass the 450 mark.

If you are a government purchasing professional, we invite to join us. Click here for more information.