Jefferson County Commission sponsors the Purchasing Association of Central Alabama (PACA) which is administered through the Purchasing Division. PACA is a cooperative of governmental entities by a mutual covenant agreement to conserve tax revenue through joint purchasing agreement to achieve volume discounts on material, services or equipment for economic advantages of its members. Membership is open to all public entities that are subject to the State of Alabama Competitive Bid Law (Code of Alabama § 41-16-50) within the State of Alabama.
To provide innovative, world-class procurement services to the Jefferson County Commission, its constituency, and public entities in the State of Alabama; to be an example of public procurement excellence for government organizations across the United States.
To conduct procurement activities in a legal, ethical and professional manner which results in the efficient, and effective use of County funds and provide value to the Commission and its constituency.
What is PACA?
The Purchasing Association of Central Alabama is one of the most successful governmental cooperatives in the state of Alabama. The Jefferson County Commission sponsors the Purchasing Association of Central Alabama (PACA) which is administered through the Purchasing Division.
The Purchasing Association of Central Alabama (“PACA”) main objective is to assist public entities large and small in the State of Alabama conserve tax revenue through a joint bidding process and discounts on volume purchases. This is accomplished by competitively soliciting bids and proposals and awarding contracts for commonly purchased products and services. Membership is open to all government or public entities within the State of Alabama that are subject to the State of Alabama Competitive Bid Law (Code of Alabama§41-16-50) and agree to be governed by the provisions of the intergovernmental agreement
- Promote economic cooperation between government and public entities.
- Convenience of immediate access to a variety of products and services.
- Joint bidding collaboration for goods and services not currently available
- Competitive pricing and reduce administrative costs associated with preparing a bid, including research, resources, and time.
- Improved vendor relations as a result of volume business.
- Value of having procurement professionals put together, solicit and award contracts within the legal guidelines of the State of Alabama Bid law.
- Increased purchasing power for smaller agencies that are unable to command the best contracts for themselves.
- Local accessible representation to answer questions and provide assistance.