Local Government Purchasing Assistance
Division of Local Government
1313 Sherman Street, Room 521
Denver, Colorado 80203
The State-Local Purchasing Program enhances the procurement programs of counties, municipalities, school districts and special districts with access to state awards, cooperative purchasing, technical information and procurement alternatives.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What Is State-Local Purchasing?
The Colorado State-Local Purchasing Program enhances the procurement programs of counties, municipalities, school, special districts and other political subdivisions with cooperative purchasing, technical information and procurement alternatives. The Division of Local Government in the Department of Local Affairs provides local support for the program.
What are State Awards?
The Colorado State Division of Purchasing and Division of Local Government rely on competitive bids to award contracts to purchase thousands of different commonly used commodities. Local governments can buy off these awards at volume discount prices, often without having to go through their own bidding process. Local governments annually purchase millions of dollars worth of vehicles through state awards. This benefits both the state and political subdivisions.
What are Some Advantages of Cooperative Purchasing?
Lower prices from competition for larger volumes.
Reduced overhead costs because one organization handles the bidding process.
Improved vendor relations as a result of volume business.
Combined expertise of many purchasing professionals.
Lower freight costs from "piggy-backing" orders for multiple organizations to one location.
How Do I Purchase From a State Award?
State-local purchasing provides descriptions of price agreements and an on-line index used to buy directly from vendors. Vendors make shipments to and invoice direct with purchasers. Buying off state price agreements is a trouble-free process, compatible with current procurement procedures of individual organizations. Searching for the best price and supplier requires simply looking up the product in the appropriate award or index.