U.S. Communities Launches New Website

April 18, 2013

By Marc Shapiro

The U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance, the only national purchasing cooperative sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC), launched a new website this week with improved design and features. U.S. Communities is still located at www.uscommunities.org and city purchasing officials and other local officials will find it easier to register, navigate through the numerous available products and solutions, comparison shop and benefit from other available resources.

U.S. Communities was founded in 1996 as a partnership between NLC, the Association of School Business Officials, the National Association of Counties, the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, and the United States Conference of Mayors. It is the leading national government purchasing cooperative, providing world class government procurement resources and solutions to local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education institutes, and nonprofits looking for the best overall supplier government pricing.

All purchasing cooperatives are not the same. U.S. Communities offers:

  • No User Fees - no costs or fees to participate.
  • Best Overall Supplier Government Pricing - by combining the potential cooperative purchasing power of up to 90,000 public agencies, you are able to access the best overall supplier government pricing. 
  • Quality Brands - thousands of the best brands in a wide variety of categories, services and solutions.
  • Integrity and Experience - unlike other government cooperative purchasing organizations, U.S. Communities national government purchasing cooperative is founded by 5 national sponsors and over 70 state, city and regional organizations. 
  • Oversight by Public Purchasing Professionals - our third party audits on contracts ensure that program pricing commitments are met, with benchmark analyses against other suppliers and retailers to guarantee participants the best overall value.

Today more than 55,000 registered local and state government agencies, education institutions and nonprofits utilize U.S. Communities contracts to procure more than 1.4 billion dollars in products and services annually.

Register today to become part of the only government purchasing cooperative founded by public agencies for public agencies.