Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
We have heard there is a new program available through the MML where
local units of government can purchase on national contracts at very good
prices. Can you provide us with the information?
The League provides cities with access to the lowest costs for purchasing
certain goods through the U. S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance.
(U. S. Communities). U. S. Communities was designed in cooperation with
an Advisory Board of local government purchasing officials. U. S. Communities
pools the purchasing power of public agencies, achieves bulk volume discounts
on behalf of public agencies, competitively bids quality products through
a lead public agency and provides a purchasing forum for public agencies
US Communities was co-founded by the National Association of Counties
(NACo), the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), the
National League of Cities (NLC), and the United States Conference of Mayors
For low cost purchasing opportunities visit the U. S. Communities web
site at www.uscommunities.org.
Is there a government store in Lansing where municipalities can
Municipal entities can purchase a wide variety of goods from
the State of Michigan through four purchasing programs.
The Extended Purchasing Program. A joint purchasing program that
allows members to purchase goods for the same price as paid by
the State. Contact Penny Saites, Office of Purchasing, (517) 373-7324.
State Surplus Property. Municipalities can get on the auction
mailing list by contacting Bill Kullimore at (517) 335-8444.
Michigan State Industries. Governmental entities and non-profit
501(c)3 organizations can purchase goods and services produced
at correctional institutions. Call (517) 373-4277 to receive a
Department of Management and Budget Warehouse. The warehouse has
building and maintenance supplies and forms and publications. It
is located at 7285 Parsons Drive, Secondary Complex, Lansing MI 48913.
Please call first to make an appointment at (517) 322-5168.