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KC Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC)

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The Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) is a local government purchasing cooperative. It is a partnership of the Mid-America Regional Council, the Mid-America Council of Public Purchasing (MACPP) and local governments.

The KCRPC is a purchasing resource for local governments. MARC operates the KCRPC, and Program Coordinator Rita Parker is responsible for its day-to-day activities.

The KCRPC is managed under the guidance of a steering committee, composed of city and county managers and purchasing officials who provide policy guidance, and an advisory committee of public purchasing officials who advise on specific programs and make specific recommendations on bids and contracts.

The KCRPC is a work in progress intended to help local governments obtain better prices and reduce administrative costs.

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About the Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative

Regional Cooperative Purchasing Activity Since 2003


KCRPC Contracts
70 participants, $16,082,552

HGACBuy
121 participants, $160,793,821

Total awards: $176,876,374

Total savings to local governments: $7,773,591


The objective is for the KCRPC to provide these benefits to local governments in the region:

  • More cooperative contracts and more opportunities for volume discount savings to local governments.
  • New initiatives and new opportunities to save money.
  • New opportunities through partnerships with other local governments, schools, and national purchasing cooperatives.

Benefits will also be gained the vendor by increasing bidding opportunities, larger volumes and increasing their customer base.

Mission Statement

The Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative will identify, develop and coordinate regional local government procurement opportunities, to reduce costs. The KCRPC values professional integrity with high ethical standards which is paramount to the performance and establishment of contracts in maintaining open, competitive and fair contracting business practices.

Background

KCRPC is a partnership between MARC, the Mid-America Council of Public Purchasing (MACPP) and local governments. MACPP is the regional professional educational organization for public-sector purchasing professionals, and the local chapter of The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP).

MARC serves as the legal entity that operates the KCRPC, under the guidance of a steering committee — composed of city and county managers and purchasing officials who provide professional and technical guidance — and MARC's Local Government Services. The KCRPC program coordinator is responsible for its day-to-day activities.

KCRPC is a self-supporting enterprise program funded by a small administrative fee, based on a national average, which is built into contract pricing. All vendors awarded contracts by KCRPC are responsible for accepting purchase orders from participating agencies, tracking sales, and remitting administrative fees to MARC.