The Mississippi Procurement Technical Assistance Program is an integral element of the Mississippi Development Authority, the chief economic development agency for the State of Mississippi. The program office operates as a bureau (Procurement Technical Assistance Bureau) in the MDA Minority & Small Business Development Division. The MPTAP delivers its services through a statewide network of procurement technical assistance centers with regional centers strategically located in Biloxi, Columbus, Southhaven, Meridian and Jackson. Private non-profit corporations (South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center and Northeast Mississippi Contract Procurement Center) operate the centers in Biloxi, Southhaven and Columbus respectively.
The MPTAP is partially funded by a cooperative agreement grant administered by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) with matching funds provided by the Mississippi Development Authority, city and county government agencies, economic development organizations and private corporations. The program is a member of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) .
The MPTAP provides its services only to Mississippi businesses. The services are provided at NO CHARGE
To enhance national defense and economic development of the state of Mississippi by assisting Mississippi businesses in obtaining federal, state, and local government contracts.