City of Sarasota Purchasing Division one of only 28 Florida recipients of prestigious award

This is the fourth straight year the National Procurement Institute has honored the city

Employees of the City of Sarasota Purchasing Division gather outside City Hall in celebration of their recognition. Photo courtesy City of Sarasota

The City of Sarasota Purchasing Division recently received the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2018 from the National Procurement Institute, the city has announced.

“This professional achievement recognizes national best practices in the field of procurement” on an annual basis, a news release explains.

“The City of Sarasota is one of just 28 recipients in Florida and one of only 65 cities in the United States and Canada to be honored in 2018,” the release points out. This is the fourth straight year the city has earned the award.

The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award “recognizes innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership in procurement,” the release adds. Applications by public and nonprofit organizations are scored on the basis of standardized criteria.

“This award recognizes our team’s commitment to continuous improvement and fiscal responsibility,” said Purchasing General Manager David Boswell in the release. “We are always striving to innovate, and this year we focused on providing more training opportunities for both vendors and City departments. Our goal is to serve as financial stewards for the City and its taxpayers by achieving cost savings along with quality products and services,” he added in the release.

The Procurement Division facilitates about 90 formal solicitations (bids, requests for proposal, invitations to negotiation) and 3,500 purchase orders per year — for everything from construction services to office supplies to professional services, the release notes.

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