By Marc Shapiro
The city was presented with a U.S. Communities Customer Appreciation Award for supporting cooperative purchasing and utilizing multiple U.S. Communities contracts over the past three years and purchasing more than $3 million of products and services since joining the program. The city has saved significantly on IT products, electrical supplies, maintenance and repair products, sports equipment, heavy equipment rental and more through its participation in U.S. Communities. Since its inception, U.S. Communities has saved local agencies across the country more than $1.5 billion.
Kirk W. Buffington, Deputy Director of Finance, accepted the award on behalf of the city from David Kidd and Kevin Juhring, U.S. Communities staff.
NLC executive director Clarence Anthony said about the award, "It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Fort Lauderdale for receiving the Merit Award of Appreciation from U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance. As a founder and sponsor of this great public benefit program, NLC is pleased that the city has supported the program and achieved savings from the pricing and best practices of our cooperative purchasing program."
In 2012, Colorado Springs,CO; Louisville, Ky; Rockville, MD; and Portland, OR. received the Merit Award of Appreciation. The use of government purchasing cooperatives is recognized as a procurement best practice by the National Institute of Government Purchasing. U.S. Communities is the only purchasing cooperative sponsored by NLC.