About Us

The Organization for Purchasing Professionals


“To Promote Professionalism and Enhance Education in Public Procurement and Supply Chain Management.”  

CAPA Objectives Include TO:

  • Establish Cooperative Relationships Among Members For The Development Of Efficient Purchasing Methods And Practices In The Field Of Educational, Governmental And Public Procurement, And Supply Management;

  • Encourage Maintenance of Ethical Standards When Buying and Selling;

  • Adhere to Public Purchasing Laws and Simplified Standards and Specifications;

  • Collect and Disseminate Useful and Beneficial Information to Its Members;

  • Support Research and Investigation; Sponsor Such Activities As They May Be Useful In Providing Its Members with More Knowledge to Apply Efficient Procurement Procedures;

  • Strive By All Legitimate Means to Advance the Procurement and Supply Management Profession;

  • Nurture the Interchange of Ideas and Experiences within Procurement and Supply Management;

  • Promote Professionalism In Public Procurement Through Continued Education.

About Our Members: 

CAPA is the premier organization for public procurement professionals in and around the heart of Virginia. Here, our procurement experts collaborate, learn, teach, mentor and share ideas in all areas of government or public purchasing to help maximize Virginia's taxpayer dollars and sustain the Commonwealth of Virginia's Financial stability. 

Our members represent procurement professionals, accounting and other procurement-related careers in state and local government, higher education, public schools, localitites, and other public bodies. CAPA is a non-profit, non-partisan chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). 

Our motto is "Captilizing Purchasing Professionals". 


The Capital Area Purchasing Association, CAPA, first commenced in 1976, but did not become a recognized charter for the Richmond Metropolitan area until year's later. Today, by NIGP standards, CAPA is considered a large membership. CAPA members are made up of procurement or supply management professionals or those who deal with individuals in this field and are located in or around Central Virginia.

Capital Area Purchasing Association, CAPA, is a chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, NIGP. On March 21st, 1978, CAPA became an official Chapter of NIGP which is subject to all rules and regulations promulgated by the Board of Directors of the NIGP.


CAPA may or may not meet monthly, but not during July and August, meetings are held in the second or third week of each month during normal lunch hours (unless there is a vacation or scheduling conflict). Business Meetings would combine a luncheon, orginazational business material and a speaker.

The annual year's budget and goals are presented to the Members during the January meeting, March is Government Purchasing Month, the CAPA Fall Conference is held in September, the nominations for the Board are presented in October, election of officers is held during November and the new years Board of Directors are then installed in December.