By Marc Shapiro
The National League of Cities is pleased to have joined with the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance in recently honoring the Washington (D.C.) Metro Transit Authority (WMATA) for saving taxpayer dollars through the use of cooperative purchasing.
WMATA 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. WMATA has saved significantly on electrical supplies, heavy equipment rental and other products through its participation in U.S. Communities.
Heather Obora, Chief Procurement Officer accepted the award on behalf of WMATA from Tyler McCall, U.S. Communities program manager.
"It is with great pleasure that we congratulate WMATA for receiving the award from U.S. Communities. Government Purchasing," NLC Executive Director Clarence Anthony said about the award." As a founder and sponsor of this great public benefit program, NLC is pleased that both Washington, D.C. and WMATA have supported the program and achieved savings from the pricing and best practices of our cooperative purchasing program."
U.S. Communities is a nonprofit government purchasing cooperative that reduces the costs of goods and services for participating public agencies by aggregating their purchasing power nationwide. Since its inception, U.S. Communities has saved local agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations across the country more than $1.5 billion It is the only national purchasing cooperative sponsored by NLC, along with four other national governmental organizations and many state municipal leagues.
For more information on how U.S. Communities can bring savings, efficiencies and added value to public agency procurement, visit www.uscommunities.org.