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Aggregated Purchasing - U.S. Communities

At-a-Glance

As you know, RFP processes take up a lot of time and tie up a lot of city money and resources. But why reinvent the wheel if someone else has already done the purchasing and legal work for you? That’s exactly what U.S. Communities, a non-profit instrumentality of government, does for certain common goods and services that cities purchase.


Aggregated Purchasing - U.S. Communities

Does the thought of yet another RFP make you heave a wearying sigh? You know what’s coming. The hours of market research, collecting requirements, creating and submitting the RFP, interviewing vendors, whittling down your final choices, and presenting the options to city council. Just to legally purchase something that is common, routine, and something that cities have purchased many times before.

Instead, why not use U.S. Communities?. Established by public agencies, U.S. Communities:
 
  • Reduces the cost of certain purchased goods and services. Expert professionals have already vetted the vendors and determined the lowest price points.
  • Streamlines your purchasing process. Avoid individually researching, sourcing, and bidding out contracts when others have already done the groundwork and established the right price for you.
  • Meets all legal purchasing requirements. Eliminate lengthy and complex RFP processes while still adhering strictly to the law.In other words, U.S. Communities has done all of the hard work for you.
  • U.S. Communities bids each contract that it administers through a local government agency to ensure that all governmental purchasing rules are followed and competitive pricing is established.
As part of its process, U.S. Communities:
 
  • Pools the cooperative purchasing power of 90,000 public agencies to help lower costs.
  • Achieves bulk volume discounts on behalf of public agencies through its purchasing clout.
  • Competitively solicits quality products through a lead public agency. No shortcuts or skimping on quality. U.S. Communities ensures high quality products from top name suppliers.
  • Provides oversight by public purchasing professionals. Objective third party pricing and audits ensure quality along with an expert advisory board that oversees the entire program.
  • Offers an easy way to go green by listing suppliers who provide green-friendly, lowest-price products and solutions.

Costs

The cost? Nothing. No cost. No fees. No commitments. No minimum orders.

Participating Entities

Acworth Kingsland
Adairsville LaFayette
Albany LaGrange
Alma Lakeland
Alpharetta Lilburn
Americus Locust Grove
Aragon Loganville
Ashburn Lookout Mountain
Athens Housing Authority Ludowici
Athens-Clarke County Lula
Atlanta Lyerly
Attapulgus Macon Housing Authority
Auburn Macon-Bibb County
Augusta Manchester
Austell Marietta
Avondale Estates Marietta Housing Authority
Bainbridge Housing Authority McCaysville
Baldwin McDonough
Berkeley Lake Menlo
Blackshear Milan
Blairsville Milledgeville
Bloomingdale Monroe
Braselton Monticello
Bremen Morrow
Brinson Moultrie
Bronwood Mount Zion
Brookhaven Nashville
Brunswick Newnan
Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission Newnan Hospital Authortiy c/o Sanders, Haugen, Sears & Meeker, P.C.
Byron Newnan Housing Authority
Cairo Norcross
Calhoun Palmetto
Camilla Peachtree City
Canton Peachtree City Airport Authority
Cartersville Pelham
Cedartown Pembroke
Chamblee Pendergrass
Chatsworth Perry
Chattahoochee Hills Pine Lake
Chickamauga Pine Mountain
Clarkesville Pooler
Cobbtown Porterdale
Cochran Poulan
College Park Powder Springs
Columbus Register
Comer Reidsville
Commerce Reynolds
Conyers Riceboro
Cordele Housing Authority Richmond Hill
Cornelia Rincon
Covington Ringgold
Cumming Riverdale
Dacula Rockmart
Dahlonega Rome
Dallas Rossville
Dalton Roswell
Danielsville Royston
Decatur Sandersville
Decatur Housing Authority Sandy Springs
Demorest Savannah
Doraville Savannah Housing Authority
Douglas Screven
Douglasville Senoia
Dublin Sharpsburg
Duluth Sky Valley
Dunwoody Smyrna
East Dublin Snellville
East Point Social Circle
Elberton St. Marys
Ellijay Statesboro
Euharlee Statham
Fairburn Stockbridge
Fairmount Stone Mountain
Fayetteville Sugar Hill
Flowery Branch Summerville
Forest Park Suwanee
Forsyth Swainsboro
Fort Oglethorpe Tallulah Falls
Fort Valley Temple
Funston Thomasville
Gainesville Thomasville Housing Authority
Gainesville Housing Authority Tifton
Garden City Toccoa
Greenville Trenton
Griffin Trion
Guyton Tybee Island
Hampton Tyrone
Harlem Union City
Hartwell Union Point
Helen Valdosta
Hephzibah Varnell
Hinesville Vienna
Hiram Villa Rica
Hogansville Warm Springs
Hogansville Housing Authority Warner Robins
Holly Springs Washington Housing Authority
Homer Waycross
Hoschton Waynesboro
Jasper West Point
Jefferson Winder
Jenkinsburg Winterville
Jesup Housing Authority Woodbine
Johns Creek Woodbury
Jonesboro Woodstock
Jonesboro Housing Authority Woodstock DDA
Kennesaw Young Harris

Resources

Follow the links below for more information on how the U.S. Communities aggregated purchasing programs works.
 
U.S. Communities Aggregated Purchasing Saves City Time and Money
April 23, 2015
For cities, placing bids and purchasing common items often becomes a tedious process that consumes a lot of precious staff resources. That’s why for many cities, GMA’s free service through U.S. Communities—a nonprofit that helps lower costs related to aggregated purchasing—is essential.
TAKE THE NEXT STEP
For more information on the U.S. Communities purchasing service, you can reach out to:
 
  • Eileen Thomas at (678) 686-6232
  • Outside Atlanta? Call toll-free in Georgia outside the Atlanta calling area at (888) 488-4462.
U.S. Communities Contact
 
WHY GMA?
GMA sponsors U.S. Communities and passes on this non-profit’s expertise to Georgia cities. Through using U.S. Communities, you’re entitled as a city to not only the best price from vendors but also discounted government pricing that lowers your costs even more. Getting to that steep discounted price can be hard to do on your own. U.S. Communities, with the help of GMA, has already done it for you.