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Image of AEP Award For the fourth year in a row (2007-2010) the City of Tampa has received the prestigious "Achievement of Excellence in Procurement" award from the National Purchasing Institute.

This award is designed to recognize organizational excellence in public procurement. The program measures innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement, and leadership. The annual award is earned by these organizations that demonstrate excellence in procurement by obtaining a high score on a rating of benchmark criteria. Each year the criteria measured for the award are modified to provide new challenges for professional growth and operational improvement.

The National Purchasing Institute is comprised of professional purchasing personnel from across the country dedicated to the development of efficient purchasing methods and practices in the areas of governmental, educational, and institutional procurement.