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City recognized for usage of purchasing cooperative

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Cooperative Educational Services is awarding the City of Roswell the cooperative’s bronze plaque for the city’s consistent use of the purchasing cooperative to obtain the best vendors and price discounts on city solicitations for goods and services.

Cooperative Educational Services (CES) is the administering agency for a cooperative authorized by New Mexico statute and approved by the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration. Its members and participating entities are public agencies that have joined together for the purpose of pooling their efforts and resources to acquire goods and services at an economical price through cooperative and collaborative activities and volume purchasing.

The CES Bronze Plaque recognizes a volume of purchasing through the cooperative of between $1 million and $3 million in a fiscal year. The City of Roswell’s sales volume with CES for FY2017 was $2,356,754. The award will be presented at the City Council meeting on Thursday. By using CES for purchases the cooperative can assist with saving the city time and money by not having to conduct its own solicitations in those cases.

In using CES contracts, the city receives the best possible price from any CES vendor, as they are contractually obligated to reduce their best price to the city by at least an additional 2 percent when working through CES.

CES also provides assistance to the city in forms such as acquiring construction documents and helping to resolve any difficulties encountered in transactions.