INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The City of Independence Procurement Division of the Finance Department has received two national awards for excellence this fall. The National Procurement Institute awarded them the 2017 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award and the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance presented the City with the Customer Appreciation Award.
“Financial sustainability is a key part of the City’s new Strategic Plan and it is because of the work being done in our Finance Department every day that I know we will be successful,” Councilmember Karen Deluccie said. “These awards recognize not only a commitment to save tax payers money but our employees’ personal drive to excel as individuals in the field of finance and accounting.”
This is the fourth consecutive year the Procurement Division has earned the Achievement of Excellence Award (AEP). The AEP recognizes organizational excellence in public and non-profit procurement. The award criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement function.
U.S. Communities is a nonprofit government purchasing cooperative that reduces the cost of goods and services for participating public agencies by aggregating their purchasing power nationwide. The letter recognizing the City specifically highlighted, a “dedicated support to the principles of effective and efficient governmental purchasing principles.”