News Release - City Joins Regional Bidding Network to Purchase Goods and Services

City of Rochester

News Release

(Monday, Jan. 9, 2017) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren today announced that City of Rochester has joined the Empire State Purchasing Group, a network of more than 200 public agencies that solicit goods and services through a single electronic-procurement provider called BidNet.

“Joining the Empire State Purchasing Group is good news for the City, its vendors and our taxpayers,” said Mayor Warren. “Using the latest technology to streamline the bidding process is more efficient and saves valuable resources - and it connects Rochester-area businesses to a wider network of customers in the public sector. Helping our entrepreneurs gain access to the money local governments spend each year on goods and services advances our efforts to create more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens.”

Vendors seeking business opportunities with the City and the other members of the Empire State Purchasing Group can gain access to local-government contracts through a single point of entry. By using BidNet to post and provide its upcoming bid offerings, the City ensures that a large community of vendors can view bid solicitations, download documents and stay up to date on the bidding process.

BidNet also provides a notification service for a small annual fee, which alerts vendors when new bids are posted by the City and other members of the Empire State Purchasing Group. All City bid specifications can be downloaded at no cost from BidNet except public works bids, which must still be purchased directly from the Bureau of Purchasing.

Vendors must self-register with BidNet to gain access to the Empire State Purchasing Group and ensure their contact information is correct and current. A link to the BidNet registration page can be found on the City website at


News Media: For more information, contact Press Officer Jessica Alaimo at 428-7135.