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US Communities

  1. 1. SAPPA Lone Star Conference
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Government Purchasers Saving You Money ” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Created by Local Government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ National Local Government” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Non-Profit Instrumentality of Government </li></ul><ul><li>Public Purchasing Director/Manager Oversight </li></ul><ul><li>National Program (all 50 states) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Advisory Board <ul><li>Allegheny County, PA </li></ul><ul><li>Charlotte/Mecklenburg, NC </li></ul><ul><li>Cobb County, GA </li></ul><ul><li>Dallas County, TX </li></ul><ul><li>Denver, CO </li></ul><ul><li>Detroit Public Schools, MI </li></ul><ul><li>Davis JUSD, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Fairfax County, VA </li></ul><ul><li>Hillsborough Schools, FL </li></ul><ul><li>Harford Co. Schools, MD </li></ul><ul><li>Hennepin County, MN </li></ul><ul><li>Houston, TX </li></ul><ul><li>Los Angeles County, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Maricopa County, AZ </li></ul><ul><li>Miami-Dade County, FL </li></ul><ul><li>San Antonio, TX </li></ul><ul><li>San Diego County, CA </li></ul><ul><li>San Diego City Schools, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Seattle, WA </li></ul><ul><li>Wichita Schools, KS </li></ul>Public Procurement Professionals
  4. 4. National Sponsors <ul><ul><li>Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Association of Counties (NACo) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National League of Cities (NLC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Eligible Agencies <ul><li>Public Government Agencies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Counties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Districts & Authorities (e.g., airports, sewer, water etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State Agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>K12, Colleges, Universities and Private Institutions that receive public funds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nonprofits (e.g., Hospitals, Clinics, YMCA’s, Red Cross, Churches…) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Market Diversity
  7. 7. Rapid Growth
  8. 8. Solicitation Process <ul><ul><ul><li>Competitively solicited contract by a lead public agency </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Methods ( most common ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Request for Proposal (RFP) or </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Invitation to Bid (ITB) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Solicitations include: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public Participating Agency language enabling other agencies to use contracts </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Public Agency Value <ul><ul><li>No cost to agencies to participate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best government pricing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optional and non-exclusive contracts; no minimum spending requirements-Voluntary Use program. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meets competitive solicitation requirements </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Contracts <ul><li>Office/School </li></ul><ul><li>Office/School Supplies- Office Depot (New Award) </li></ul><ul><li>Office Furniture- Knoll, Herman Miller, Haworth, KI (New) </li></ul><ul><li>School Furniture- Virco </li></ul><ul><li>Office Machines- Ricoh, Savin, Gestetner </li></ul><ul><li>Phys Ed Equipment- Sportime </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Solutions- GTSI </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Products- Tech Depot (New Contract) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Contracts <ul><li>Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Electrical/Data Comm - Graybar </li></ul><ul><li>Janitorial Suppliers - Zep </li></ul><ul><li>Carpet & Flooring - Milliken </li></ul><ul><li>Parks & Playground - Little Tikes, Gametime, Landscape Structures </li></ul><ul><li>Homeland Security Solutions – Hagemeyer NA (New) </li></ul><ul><li>MRO Supplies – HD Supply, The Home Depot (New) </li></ul><ul><li>Auto Parts – Autozone (New) </li></ul><ul><li>Roofing – Hickman Community Services (New) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Green Initiative <ul><li>Resource for both Green Products & Solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with Responsible Purchasing Network </li></ul><ul><li>Stepping stone to next generation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List of Green Products & Certifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to search by keyword for Green Products </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Presentation/Round Table at NIGP Forum </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.uscommunities.org/gpa/green/ </li></ul>
  13. 13. Other Initiatives <ul><li>10 Year Anniversary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over $735M Saved! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Canadian Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Artificial Turf RFP </li></ul><ul><li>Office Machines RFP – Resolicitation </li></ul><ul><li>Cleaning & Janitorial Supplies Resolicitation </li></ul><ul><li>Flooring Resolicitation </li></ul>
  14. 14. Public Agency Resources <ul><li>National Sponsors </li></ul><ul><li>State Sponsors </li></ul><ul><li>Advisory Board of Public Procurement Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Program Managers </li></ul><ul><li>Legal and Administrative Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Participating Public Agencies </li></ul>
  15. 15. How to Participate <ul><li>Program, register online @ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.uscommunities.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on register to participate tab </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference Master Intergovernmental Cooperative Purchasing Agreement (“MICPA”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Registration is one time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can register more than one dept. and buyer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Registration enables agency to use program and to be automatically notified of new contracts </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Log in Benefits <ul><li>Participant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Once registered can access this page on website: page enables agency to; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Refer other agencies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make program suggestions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access all program support documents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Change registration data </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Program Information <ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Website: www.uscommunities.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Register online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authorizing Legal Statutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) sheet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentation: original solicitation and contract </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>References: Advisory Board Members, State Sponsors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supplier links, product information & Contact information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participant Login Page </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Questions??
  19. 19. Thank You!!

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