chuckChuck Spence, deputy director of Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s (GOED) Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC), has been named president-elect of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC). Spence will be a spokesperson for the association with Congress, national stakeholders and the Defense Logistics Agency, with which PTAC has a cooperative agreement. He will also provide training and development for PTAC members and oversee the association’s five committees. APTAC’s membership consists of more than 500 procurement professionals with more than 95 PTAC programs throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam. PTAC professionals provide government contracting assistance to small businesses. The Utah PTAC program has assisted Utah businesses in procuring $600 million in government contracts in 2014. Spence has more than 14 years of experience in business economic development. He served as a member of APTAC for nine years and formerly served three years as a regional director for APTAC. Spence also was the president of the Utah State Development Center for four consecutive years. Spence received his MPA from the University of Utah.