Kwik Kopy prints our business cards and is an Apple Valley business. Other local businesses the City patronizes include Apple Valley Ford and Collision, Napa Auto Parts, and several other auto parts businesses help maintain our fleet.
The City will create a list and share this information with other local consumers and businesses.
The City of Fergus Falls purchases many of our office supply items from the two local office supply stores in the city. We encourage our staff members to purchase routine supplies from the locally owned businesses whenever possible and we are members of the Chamber of Commerce as well.
The city of Grand Marais has created a "Sustainable Purchasing Guide" to be referenced by city employees, local business owners, and residents. The guide is intended to be a 'catch-all' source of information regarding sustainable purchasing and will eventually include products, energy, and services. The guide is a living document that includes best practices for purchasing sustainable products as well as a list of local practitioners in the energy efficiency, electrification, and renewable energy fields. This is an ongoing action.
Hopkins typically buys from local manufacturers whenever possible. A list of locally-produced products and suppliers for common purchases is currently being created. Again, no specific policy is in place but it is something the City is working on.
The city does not have a specific policy in place about local purchasing, however; Isanti makes every effort to purchase locally as a first choice. We have accounts set up with the following types of locally owned businesses: hardware, grocery, gas, auto repair, signs, and a marketing business that provides everything from embroidered shirts to the City flag. The Economic Development Director maintains a list of all businesses within the City and an inventory of the types of services or products they offer. A list of local businesses is available on the City’s website.
The city does not have a specific policy in place about local purchasing, but rather it is implied. The city makes every effort to purchase locally in every instance as a first choice. With Red Wing's geographic location and the fact that it's the largest town within a 25 mile radius, it makes sense financially for the city to purchase locally.
The City of St. Anthony supports a farmers market focusing on locally grown produce. Additionally, the City supports the Shop Local Program through the Chamber of Commerce.
The City purchaes supplies and vendor services locally when possible.