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Department of Defense, Iowa State University help Iowa businesses land government contracts


$435,000 contract renewal supports job growth, economic development

Iowa State University’s Extension and Outreach Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) has received a $435,000 cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to support Iowa businesses through the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP).

PTAP, funded in part by the DOD through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), provides assistance to business in marketing products and services to the Federal, state and local governments. The services are offered at no cost or at a nominal cost. CIRAS manages the statewide PTAP Program in Iowa.

“Pursuing government contracts is an easy, cost-effective way to build business,” explains CIRAS Program Manager David Bogaczyk. “Through PTAP, we’re helping Iowa companies gain more government contracts, expand their businesses and, ultimately, hire more employees.”

Bogaczyk and his colleagues work with Iowa businesses to understand the market potential of government procurement, reduce the barriers inherent in government contracting, and assist existing government contractors with market expansion. Specific assistance is provided in the areas of bid preparation, market research, contractor registration, and electronic commerce technologies.

Waukee-based Covenant Construction Services, LLC, has put these services to good use, earning more than $3 million in government projects since 2009.

“CIRAS has been an invaluable partner in helping us secure government contracts and grow our business,” says Covenant President Alan Sprinkle. “Working for the (U.S. Army) Corps of Engineers, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs has not only expanded our customer portfolio, but it’s also expanded our capabilities as a construction company.”

For more information, contact:   

David Bogaczyk, Center for Industrial Research and Service, 515 422-6313,

Rob Schweers, Engineering College Relations, 515 294-4881,