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U.S. Communities, an OMNIA Partner, Announces Withdrawal from NIGP Cooperative Accreditation

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U.S. Communities will withdraw from the NIGP, Institute for Public
Procurement Cooperative Accreditation program, effective immediately.

OMNIA Partners continues to support the education programs of NIGP, and
through National IPA and U.S. Communities remains fully committed to the
lead agency model and to the public procurement profession. All
contracts offered in the portfolios of both subsidiaries have been
competitively solicited and publicly awarded by a lead agency utilizing
industry best practices, processes and procedures and both subsidiaries
make the benefits of such practices, processes and procedures available
to participating public agencies.

The lead agencies who currently solicit and award cooperative contracts
available through both U.S. Communities and National IPA are considered
some of the best procurement teams in the nation.

The withdrawal from the NIGP Accreditation program will not have an
impact on any of the contracts currently offered, solicitations
currently in process or future contract awards made available through
the U.S. Communities cooperative.

About OMNIA Partners

OMNIA Partners is a leading group purchasing organization (GPO) in
procurement and supply chain management. Comprised of four subsidiaries:
Corporate United, Prime Advantage, National IPA and U.S. Communities,
OMNIA Partners serves over 35 industries in both the private and public
sector. Through Corporate United, the GPO provides world-class indirect
supply and service offerings for companies across the globe, including
more than 20% of the Fortune 1000. Through Prime Advantage, the GPO
offers access to elite direct materials suppliers specializing in
commodities, engineered components, raw materials, services and
supplies. The GPO also covers sourcing needs across the public sector
through National IPA and U.S. Communities, with fully transparent,
value-driven pricing. OMNIA Partners leverages the economies of scale of
its group with decades of procurement experience to execute mutually
rewarding contracts in a multitude of verticals, while providing an
extensive portfolio of sourcing solutions and partnerships for its
members and suppliers.

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