Ken-KnappThe Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center is looking for a new executive director.

Ken Knapp, who’s served as executive director of the contracting assistance office since March 2012, is moving to Pennsylvania, where he took a job as the executive director of an educational nonprofit. He’s been at the PTAC since its beginning in 2009 as the deputy director.

Knapp says the PTAC’s board of directors will name an interim executive director and then start a search for a permanent replacement. His last day is July 23.

He says he is proud of the reputation that the PTAC has built during the years.

“We are here to serve Colorado businesses, and help them grow,” he said. “We have businesses come to us because they’ve heard we’ve done a good job for other companies. And that’s something you can’t buy, but you can lose quickly.”

The PTAC was created in 2009 to connect state businesses with local, state and federal contracts. Over the years, it has helped more than 5,000 businesses apply for contracts – assisting with every step of the sometimes-complex federal process.

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The PTAC gets part of its funding from the federal government, and must match every federal dollar with state and private money.

“We have helped businesses with state contracts in other states, and we have one company doing business in Australia,” he said. “That’s what we’re about, helping businesses in the state grow and prosper. I’m proud of that.”