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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.

For more information on the U.S. Communities purchasing service, you can reach out to Darin Jenkins at (678) 686-6264, Eileen Thomas at (678) 686-6232 or James Brent at (678) 686-6349. If you are outside the Atlanta metro area, you may call toll-free at (888) 488-4462. You may also contact William Burnett at U.S. Communities at (404) 807-9996.

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 Co. Fire & Emergency Services Lula
Athens-Clarke County Lyerly
Atlanta Macon Housing Authority
Attapulgus Macon-Bibb County
Auburn Manchester
Augusta Marietta
Austell Marietta Housing Authority
Avondale Estates McCaysville
Bainbridge Housing Authority McDonough
Baldwin McRae
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
Clay County Board of Commissioners Porterdale
Cobbtown Poulan
Cochran Powder Springs
College Park Register
Columbus Reidsville
Comer Reynolds
Commerce Riceboro
Conyers Richmond Hill
Cordele Housing Authority Rincon
Cornelia Ringgold
Covington Riverdale
Cumming Rockmart
Dacula Rome
Dahlonega Rossville
Dallas Roswell
Dalton Royston
Danielsville Sandersville
Decatur Sandy Springs
Decatur Housing Authority Savannah
Demorest Savannah Housing Authority
Doraville Screven
Douglas Senoia
Douglasville Sharpsburg
Dublin Sky Valley
Duluth Smyrna
Dunwoody Snellville
East Dublin Social Circle
East Point St. Marys
Elberton Statesboro
Ellijay Statham
Euharlee Stockbridge
Fairburn Stone Mountain
Fairmount Sugar Hill
Fayetteville Summerville
Flowery Branch Suwanee
Forest Park Swainsboro
Forsyth Tallulah Falls
Fort Oglethorpe Temple
Fort Valley Thomasville
Funston Thomasville Housing Authority
Gainesville Tifton
Gainesville Housing Authority Toccoa
Garden City Trenton
Greenville Trion
Griffin Tybee Island
Guyton Tyrone
Hampton Union City
Harlem Union Point
Hartwell Valdosta
Helen Varnell
Hephzibah Vienna
Hinesville Villa Rica
Hiram Warm Springs
Hogansville Warner Robins
Hogansville Housing Authority Washington Housing Authority
Holly Springs Waycross
Homer Waynesboro
Hoschton West Point
Jasper Winder
Jefferson Winterville
Jenkinsburg Woodbine
Jesup Housing Authority Woodbury
Johns Creek Woodstock
Jonesboro Woodstock DDA
Jonesboro Housing Authority Young Harris
Kennesaw

Resources

Follow the links below for more information on how the U.S. Communities aggregated purchasing programs works.
 

U.S. Communities’ Vendor, Insight Public Sector is a One-Stop Shop for Warner Robins Police Department 
July 10, 2018
Through a U.S. Communities contract, Insight Public Sector provided a way for Warner Robins to purchase Panasonic Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) by providing a quality product at a reduced price.


Inclusive Playground Equipment Encourages Play in Powder Springs, Georgia 
July 10, 2018
Through their contract with the leading national cooperative purchasing program U.S. Communities, GameTime offered the City of Powder Springs competitively-priced playground equipment options that previously seemed out of reach.


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.

CONTACT US ABOUT THE Aggregated Purchasing Service
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.