Procurement Technical Assistance Center

About Us

The University of Texas–Pan American Rio South Texas Regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center was established to increase the number and types of businesses selling products and services to government agencies, from local to state to federal.

Our Service Area

The Rio South Texas PTAC serves the following counties:

  • Brooks
  • Cameron
  • Hidalgo
  • Maverick
  • Starr
  • Webb
  • Willacy
  • and Zapata.

We exist to work you through the maze of governmental contracting!


The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) was authorized by Congress in 1985 in an effort to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the governmental marketplace.

The UTPA PTAC is dedicated to providing you - at little or no cost with:

  • An understanding of the requirements for government contracting.
  • Opportunities to network with other business owners to form lasting and profitable partnerships.
  • The know-how to obtain and perform federal, state, and local government contracts.

In addition, the local PTAC holds numerous workshops and seminars on procurement-related topics.  If you are interested in selling to the government, Procurement Specialists at the UTPA Rio South Texas Regional PTAC can get you started with free and confidential counseling!

These workshops are developed and presented to both existing and start-up businesses throughout the year for free!  Whether it's basic instruction, or more indepth trainings like OSHA Trainings, preparing bids to Sell to Cities, or getting questions regarding Bonding asked and answered, UTPA PTAC can help!

For a list of such seminars click here.

UTPA PTAC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The content of any written materials or verbal communications of the PTAC does not necessarily reflect the official views of or imply endorsement by DOD or DLA. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance. Assistance for the hearing impaired can be attained by calling the TDD line at (956) 665-5071.