Tribal Governments and Montana’s Political Subdivisions may purchase supplies and services in cooperation with the State, permitting local public procurement units to take advantage of the cost savings realized by the State’s volume purchasing. Interested entities need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the State Procurement Bureau (SPB) in order to participate.
Term Contracts and eMACS
Local governments may leverage the state’s purchasing power by utilizing the State’s Term Contracts for commonly used goods and services. Entities purchase directly from the contractor. eMACS is an online purchasing portal where entities can make purchases online. Contracts available online through eMACS are: 360 Office Solutions, Dell, Encompass Supply LLC, Fastenal, Hewlett Packard, Office Depot, Staples, and Grainger. Other term contracts not online but available can be found at: https://spb.mt.gov/Cooperative-Purchasing/Cooperative-Purchasing-Program . Visit https://spb.mt.gov/eMACS-Resources for portal access instructions.
Local governments may include their vehicle purchases along with the State's order by submitting the proper request forms by the established deadlines. The State will solicit bids from vendors and notify local governments of the results. Contact SPB for more information on set bid times, or visit https://spb.mt.gov/Cooperative-Purchasing/Vehicle-Purchasing to learn more.
Local governments may join the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) in purchasing certain commodities, including: road oil, traffic line paint and glass beads, road salt and chemical deicer, snowplow wear blades, rubberized asphalt, preformed thermoplastic pavement markings, and fencing materials. For complete information on how to participate in the purchase of these commodities, contact the MDT at (406) 444-6365.
SPB partners with the Professional Development Center (PDC) to offer procurement related training. These classes are ideal for new employees working in the area of procurement, and are available in the Spring and Fall of each year. The classes offered are: Basic Procurement Methods and Issues; Advanced Procurement Methods and Issues; Initiating and Navigating the RFP Process; and Contract Management. Visit pdc.mt.gov for more information and to register.
Contacts: Meghan Holmlund (406) 444-1459 | SPB (406) 444-2575 | spb.mt.gov