Award result of cost savings and significant purchasing technology improvements
The City of Saint Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) Department today announced it received the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance 2015 Customer Appreciation Award. The award recognizes efforts by government and non-profit agencies to utilize purchasing cooperatives in order to save taxpayer money.
“We are honored to have received the U.S. Communities Customer Appreciation Award,” said HREEO Director Jessi Kingston. “Receiving the award is a testament to the city’s commitment to strategic purchasing and the dedication of the city’s purchasing staff to find cost-effective solutions. I could not be more proud of our purchasing team.”
"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."
Nationwide only 40 agencies, of the 70,000 U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance members, receive the award annually. The City of Saint Paul was the only city in Minnesota to receive the award in 2015.
U.S. Communities Government and Purchasing Alliance cooperative contracts allow agencies to save time, administrative costs, and receive the best price available from a vendor. By utilizing cooperative contracts, agencies can pass along savings to other city services, like parks, libraries, and police.
About the National League of Cities. The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.
About U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance. U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance is a partnership between the Association of School Business Officials, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, and the United States Conference of Mayors, and is the leading national government purchasing cooperative, providing world class government procurement resources, and solutions to government agencies and nonprofits looking for the best overall supplier government pricing.