NLC Honors Cities for Procurement Savings

Customer Appreciation Award
Customer Appreciation Award
Jason Angel, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the City of Richmond. Left to Right: Allison Bolduc, Buyer II; Ofelia Alvarez, Senior Buyer; Jason Angel; and Rose Gibson Martinez, Buyer II.

The National League of Cities is pleased to have joined the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance (U.S. Communities) in recently honoring the cities of Richmond, Calif., and Stockton, Calif., for saving taxpayer dollars through the use of cooperative purchasing.

The cities were each presented with a U.S. Communities Customer Appreciation Award last month for supporting cooperative purchasing and utilizing multiple U.S. Communities contracts over the past three years, and for purchasing more than $3 million of products and services since joining the program.

The City of Richmond has saved significantly on office printers and copiers from Ricoh, maintenance and hardware supplies from Home Depot, and equipment rental from Hertz Equipment Rental.

The City of Stockton has achieved significant savings on athletic equipment from BSN Sports/US Games and homeland security and public safety supplies from Safeware-Mallory.

"It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Richmond and Stockton for receiving the award from U.S. Communities," 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 cities have supported the program and achieved savings from the pricing and best practices of our cooperative purchasing program."

Jason Angel, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to Concepcion Gayotin, Purchasing Manager with City of Stockton.

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 29 state municipal leagues.

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, commitments or order minimums.

For more information, visit U.S. Communities, contact your U.S. Communities regional manager, or contact Marc Shapiro, NLC's Program Director of Strategic Partnerships, at (202) 626-3019 or

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