U.S. Communities

Nikki Guilford
Office of Management Consulting & Training

The National Governors Association (NGA) is a proud national sponsor of the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance. U.S. Communities has been a pioneer in the national cooperative purchasing movement since the mid-1990s, which has resulted in millions of dollars in cost and time savings for states, cities, counties, schools, towns and villages and taxpayers.

Earlier this year, the company that administers the U.S. Communities program – Communities Program Management (CPM) – was purchased by OMNIA Partners. Additionally, the cooperative purchasing landscape has changed dramatically with the formation and consolidation of cooperatives at all levels of government and across industry sectors. This dynamic environment could impede U.S. Communities’ ability to trail blaze the cooperative purchasing movement.

The change in management, along with the other rapid changes in the public procurement marketplace, has led to a joint decision by the U.S. Communities Foundation Board, and our other national sponsor partners—National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of County Officials (NACo), U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), California State Association of Counties Finance Corporation (CSAC) and the League of California Cities (LCC)—to sell and transfer ownership of the U.S. Communities brand and program to OMNIA Partners, effective immediately.

There remains a pressing need for our members to have access to a broad range of competitively solicited contracts with best-in-class suppliers.  Transferring ownership to OMNIA Partners to integrate operations of the National IPA and U.S. Communities cooperatives will position them to better serve our members and the public sector marketplace. We will continue to support U.S. Communities and cooperative purchasing as a best practice for our members.

“For more than 20 years, the National Sponsors have partnered with CPM, as operator of the U.S. Communities Program, which has enabled us to build a cooperative program that has met the procurement needs of government agencies while saving millions of dollars. We are proud of this partnership and what we have accomplished. We recognize that in the changing cooperative landscape, it was time to turn the program over to CPM/OMNIA Partners so they can continue to deliver on our shared commitment to drive value, savings and efficiencies for public agencies.” 

Scott Pattison
CEO/Executive Director
National Governors Association