Tennessee’s Facilities Management Program Continues to Gain National Attention for Innovation and the Substantial Savings it is Giving to the State’s Taxpayers

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The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NAPSO) in September presented Tennessee with George Cronin Award, an annual honor that recognizes advances in innovation, service improvement and cost reduction of state government services. Tennessee received a bronze award for third place, along with first-place Virginia and second-place California.

Katie Lillard, left, and Andy Kidd, of Tennessee Department of General Services accepting the George Cronin Award in Burlington, VT.

The award was presented to the Tennessee Department of General Services Procurement Division. Tennessee’s entry, titled “Innovations in Facilities Management,” highlights success of the Department of General Services’ outsourcing of facilities management services as a strategy to reduce ongoing facility-related operating expenses, identify and prioritize short- and long-term maintenance projects and to extend the life of state-owned buildings.

Tennessee saved almost $5 million during the first year of the outsourcing agreement.

JLL is proud to be Tennessee’s partner in the effort. Tennessee is gaining notice as an innovator among all states to gain efficiency in its real estate services. Tennessee projects to save an additional $130 million over a decade by shedding about 1 million square feet of excess leased building space by using its own buildings more efficiently. As a result, other states are replicating the Tennessee innovation model.

“Our new procurement system helps ensure Tennessee taxpayers get the value for our dollars in state contracting,” said Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro), chairman of the Fiscal Review Committee.

Said DGS Commissioner Bob Oglesby, “This prestigious award is excellent recognition of the hard work that went into this project. Our decision to outsource initially raised some questions, but we were confident that it was a step that would improve services and reduce costs for the taxpayers of Tennessee. I am very pleased that this honor acknowledges the innovative nature of this successful program, and I congratulate everyone in our department who has played a role in developing and implementing it.”

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