Attention education vendors looking for new territories to expand their sales - there’s growing opportunity in the Beehive State!
Utah may soon shed its status as the worst state in public funds spent per student. For several years, it has been 51st—behind all states and the District of Columbia. In March, Utah lawmakers upped state spending as they had a windfall of revenues.
Utah’s Spending on Education Poised to Grow
The state’s main budget includes a 4% increase in per-student educational funding, plus $68 million to cover the expected costs of having 10,000 more students arriving in public schools than last year. The combined amount equals $120 million.
State lawmakers also added the money to its $16 billion budget to help Utah schools, give state workers a raise, fund Medicaid growth and build new university buildings, among other projects.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Utah school districts need at least a 2.5% increase in spending simply to cover inflation in retirement and healthcare costs. The remaining 1.5% can be used at districts’ discretion.
Utah Education Contracts Focus on Facilities Maintenance and Construction
From January 2016 to June 2017, education-related contracts in the Salt Lake City metro area totaled 1,732. Most of the 953 contract awards were valued at $100,000 and less. The largest portion of education-related contracts focus on facilities upkeep related services such as maintenance of heating and air conditioning systems.
Here’s a few examples of recently awarded contracts sourced from Onvia’s B2G Intelligence System:
Canyons School District Awards Contract for Restroom Renovation
The Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah, recently awarded Arnell West, Inc. a one-year contract valued at $133,900 to renovate middle school restrooms.
Jordan School District Awards Contract for New High School Construction
The Jordan School District in Herriman, Utah, awarded Westland Construction Company a contract valued at $76.2 million contract in June for the construction of a new high school. The school district created a preapproved list of subcontractors to work with Westland on this major project.
Information Technology is Crucial in Utah Schools
Technology is another major part of spending in education. Elementary and higher education institutions are spending on items like audio/video equipment and computer software.
One recent opportunity to sell IT to Utah schools came from the Granite School District in Salt Lake City, which recently bid for TV system equipment.
Onvia’s B2GIS reveals that top vendors for Salt Lake City public schools and colleges include Americom Technology, which has received at least $2.64 million in contract awards and Agilent Technologies, which received $1.21 million as reported by the agencies.
In the coming year, school districts will have more money to spend to improve their schools. Construction companies and technology firms will have more contracting opportunities. And school districts are likely to invest their additional funds in basic needs, including cleaning buildings and getting more technology in the classroom.
Join Onvia and National Cooperative Procurement Partners in Salt Lake City on August 27th, 2017
Pursuing government contracts in the State of Utah, Salt Lake City or from other agencies like the Canyons School District?
Register here to join us for a complimentary networking event co-hosted by Onvia and National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP) in Salt Lake City on August 27th, 2017. Connect with business peers and government buyers while you are in town for the National Institute for Governmental Purchasing’s (NIGP) annual forum!
Featured speakers include:
- Tammy Rimes, Executive Director, National Cooperative Procurement Partners
- Russ Mann, CEO, Onvia
- Ben Vaught, Director, Onvia for Government
Learn more about this free event and register to reserve your spot at the link below: