U.S. Communities

About U.S. Communities

What Makes Us Different


Setting the Standard for Procurement Resources and Solutions

U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance is a government purchasing cooperative that reduces the cost of goods and services by aggregating the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide. U.S. Communities provides world class procurement resources and solutions to local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education, and nonprofits. Our participants have access to a broad line of competitively solicited contracts with best in class national suppliers.

U.S. Communities’ rigorous supplier commitments ensure our supplier partners offer their best supplier government pricing. Third party audits are performed on all contracts and benchmarking analyses ensure ongoing value. Most importantly, U.S. Communities adheres to a stringent competitive selection process for all contracts offered through the program.

U.S. Communities is proud to be the only government purchasing cooperative organization founded by public agencies for public agencies. The program oversight of U.S. Communities is managed by the U.S. Communities Foundation which is made up of the top executives from our national founding sponsors. The administration of the program is assigned by the Foundation Board to Communities Program Management whose team is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program.

The U.S. Communities Foundation serves multiple functions, including approval of members of our Advisory Board of key public procurement professionals. Additionally, the Foundation is a charitable organization that has funded several projects to benefit the public sector including:

  • Training grants for NIGP courses to enable public procurement professionals to attend classes at no charge.
  • Kids in Need: funding backpacks for school systems throughout the country
  • Playground projects: donating playground equipment to designated cities or counties

Our Commitment to the Industry We Serve

At U.S. Communities, we serve as a trailblazer to identify gaps and deliver solutions that benefit the community, while providing value, efficiency and product/service effectiveness.

We support public agencies’ ability to deliver quality services by linking private sector expertise and a competitive marketplace for public benefit.

We believe in:

  • Delivering programs and solutions that best meet public sector needs, while adhering to the requirements of the law.
  • Conducting ourselves with honesty, integrity and professionalism and observing proper standards of industry conduct by adhering to our employee code of ethics.
  • Following the public agency competitive selection process which provides open access to competitive opportunities.
  • Delivering value, integrity and standards through supplier commitments.
  • Developing collaborative partnerships to meet public needs.

Social Responsibility
We support the efforts of public agencies’ initiatives to be socially responsible, economically focused and environmentally accountable through adherence to our cooperative purchasing standards, supplier commitments, and commitment to our Go Green Program.



U.S. Communities Brochure

Today more than 55,000 registered agencies, education institutions and nonprofits utilize U.S. Communities contracts to procure more than 2.7 billion dollars in products and services annually.

Each month more than 600 new participants register their organization to simplify their procurement process. This continuing growth is fueled by the program's proven track record of delivering excellence in procurement solutions.