About The 2023 RCF

Celebrating 19 years of collaboration and leadership among the Puget Sound Region’s largest government entities

In 2023, we are proud to celebrate 19 years of impact and how the many public agencies that come together each year to plan and host the annual Regional Contracting Forum has grown to serve a broader, more diverse and inclusive annual event representing all phases of the public procurement process.

Our community includes entrepreneurs, public procurement buyers, elected public officials, capital project managers, equity and social justice practitioners, business owners and other stakeholders.  We host one of the largest government-led outreach and networking forums in the Puget Sound Region, honor the investment of time by attendees through no-cost admission, and offer focused one-to-one meetings between prime contractors and prospective subcontractors/consultants, myriad networking opportunities, and dynamic speakers.

As we reflect on the Forum’s growth since its birth in 2003 in downtown Seattle at the site of Sound Transit’s, “Great Hall” and Board Room, we are reminded that of our duty to ensure that the content of the Forum delivers value and a return on the investment of time that is made by all participants. This investment is what continues to spur the expansion of this highly anticipated annual event. In less than 3 years, the Forum attendance exceeded the 250-person maximum occupancy limit at the Great Hall. The Forum planners were asked to identify a larger venue.

In recent years, attendance has surpassed 2,500 persons, leading the planners on a journey to secure space at larger venues including the Washington State Convention Center, McCaw Hall at Seattle Center, and most recently, the Tacoma Convention Center.   We are excited to continue our mission to inspire dialogue, support networking, and collaboration among business owners to productively engage in contract opportunities in the years to come. 

Introduce your business to the region’s largest government entities:

  • Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Sound Transit
  • City of Seattle
  • King County
  • University of Washington
  • Washington State Office of Minorities and Women’s Business Enterprises
  • Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
  • Port of Seattle
  • City of Bellevue and others.
  • Department of Enterprise Services
  • City of Tacoma
  • Tacoma Public Schools

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet government contracting representatives and network with contractors, consultants, and suppliers all at one event.

The 2023 Regional Contracting Forum

Please join us at our annual “reverse trade show” where government organizations and prime contractors are exhibitors.

Regional Contracting Forum attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Network and meet government and regional contracting representatives in the areas of contracting, architecture and engineering and procurement
  • Get information on doing business with government
  • Get information regarding upcoming contracting opportunities
  • Ask questions and leave contact information for future conversations.
  • Receive information regarding mega projects in the regions
  • Sign up for one-on-one interviews with representatives from local government, state agencies, county jurisdictions and prime job contractors
  • Receive assistance and information from business resource organizations that will help grow their businesses