The National League of Cities (NLC) presented the 2015 NLC Distinguished Service to Cities Award to the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance at the NLC Congress of Cities and Exposition in Nashville, Tenn. earlier this month.
The NLC Distinguished Service to Cities Award is given annually to a partner of the National League of Cities for making a significant contribution to building stronger, more innovative and resilient cities and towns. Since 1996, U.S. Communities has been the leading national nonprofit purchasing cooperative for public agencies nationwide. U.S. Communities was founded and is co-sponsored by NLC, along with the National Association of Counties, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the Association of School Business Officials International. In addition, 29 state municipal leagues are U.S. Communities sponsors at the state level.
The award was presented by NLC Immediate Past President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah, along with other NLC officers. "U.S. Communities is the only national purchasing cooperative created by public agencies to meet the needs of public agencies," Becker said. "Today, almost 20 years after its founding, more than 55,000 public agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations utilize U.S. Communities contracts to purchase more than 2 billion dollars annually with significant savings," he added. Accepting the award on behalf of U.S. Communities, senior program manager Doug Looney said, "On behalf of U.S. Communities, I want to thank NLC for this award and for NLC's outstanding sponsorship that has helped save cities millions of tax dollars while ensuring U.S. Communities continues to set the standard for cooperative purchasing."
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, and no commitments or order minimums. For more information, visit U.S. Communities, contact your U.S. Communities regional manager, or contact Marc Shapiro at NLC, (202) 626-3019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.