City of Saint Paul Honored for Procurement Savings

Press Release
Press Release

The National League of Cities is pleased to have joined the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance (U.S. Communities) in recently honoring the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The city was presented with a U.S. Communities Customer Appreciation Award last week in recognition of being a leader in saving taxpayer dollars through the use of cooperative purchasing.  The use of government purchasing cooperatives is recognized as a procurement best practice by NIGP - The Institute for Public Procurement.

"Receiving the U.S. Communities Customer Appreciation Award is a testament to the city's commitment to strategic purchasing," said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. "Led by the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity, the city has leveraged cooperative purchasing partnerships, like the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance and the National League of Cities, to maximize savings and cost-efficient public procurement practices."

"We are honored to have received the U.S. Communities award," said HREEO Director Jessi Kingston. "Receiving the award is a testament to the city's commitment to strategic purchasing and the commitment of the city's purchasing staff to find cost-effective solutions. I could not be more proud of our purchasing team."

Nationwide only 40 agencies of the more than 55,000 U.S. Communities participating public agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations receive the award annually and the City of Saint Paul was the only city in Minnesota to receive the award in 2015.

"It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the City of Saint Paul for receiving this award from U.S. Communities," said Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities. "Saint Paul is a leader among municipalities. The city's participation in U.S. Communities to save taxpayer money and achieve administrative efficiency illustrates its commitment to best practice. NLC is proud to be a founding national sponsor of U.S. Communities."

U.S. Communities aggregates the purchasing power of more than 90,000 public agencies nationwide by offering participating agencies the ability to make purchases through existing, competitively solicited contracts between a supplier and a lead public agency. Today, participating public agencies utilize U.S. Communities to purchase more than $2 billion annually.

Registration for U.S. Communities is free and open to cities, counties and other public agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. There are no fees, no commitments or no minimum orders.

For more information, visit U.S. Communities, contact your U.S. Communities regional manager, or contact Marc Shapiro at NLC, shapiro@nlc.org.     

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