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NACo-US Communities Cooperative Purchasing Alliance

U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance (U.S. Communities) is the leading national government purchasing cooperative, providing world class government procurement resources and solutions to your local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education institutes and nonprofits looking for the best overall supplier government pricing.

The U.S. Communities program provides local agencies in the U.S. with competitively bid public contracts for various products and services. U.S. Communities designates a lead county to accept bids from vendors on behalf of all counties. Senate Bill 62, which became effective in November 1997, enacted ORC Section 9.48 which gives counties the authority to purchase from a contract of another entity, in or out-of-state, as long as that entity used a publicly solicited RFP or competitive selection procedure. Ohio counties are able to purchase products offered by the Program without going through the competitive bidding process. Through the buying power of large government purchasers in the U.S. Communities program, all local government agencies and nonprofit organizations receive access to excellent pricing and contract terms.

U.S. Communities offers local agencies:

  • No sign-up fees
  • No user fees
  • No minimum purchasing requirements
  • Best overall supplier government pricing
  • Quality brands
  • Integrity and experience
  • Management by public purchasing professionals
  • Green eco-friendly products

E-Commerce Marketplace

The U.S. Communities Online Marketplace is available at no cost, provides quick visibility into products and pricing, and integrates many U.S. Communities supplier contracts into a single shopping environment, making it easier than ever to shop and compare prices. The marketplace offers access to thousands of products from multiple suppliers with a single payment using a p-card, credit card or purchase order.

It is quick and easy to join U.S. Communities! Visit the U.S. Communities website at and click on “Register Now” and begin to save!

About U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance

U.S. Communities is a nonprofit 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. NLC is a sponsor of U.S. Communities and serves on its governing body.

The National Association of Counties (NACo), the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO), the National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP), the National League of Cities (NLC), and the U.S. Conference of Mayors jointly sponsor the U.S. Communities Purchasing Alliance.

The U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance is an endorsed CCAOSC program partner.

For further information, please contact:

Travis Brown
Regional Program Manager
U.S. Communities Purchasing Alliance

Ohio Counties Participating in NACo-US Communities Cooperative Purchasing Alliance