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Innovations in state procurement

From cooperative purchasing agreements to streamlined bidding processes, through small-business outreach and participation in trade shows, state and local procurement officials are finding innovative ways to maximize the dollar value of state purchases.

At the same time, states and cities are thinking about procurement in relation to local economic development, protection of the environment, and human rights. 

This section looks at innovation in the area of trade and democracy--the expression of citizen values through state and local purchasing programs.

Apparel purchases and labor rights
States and cities are developing a 'sweatshop-free' consortium of buyers.
Local food purchasing preferences
Helping regional farmers find steady markets. Helping kids find nutritious food.
Public Leadership
The NASPO promotes multi-state cooperative procurement.

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