City of Kalamazoo Introduces Online System for Vendors and Bidders

Businesses that provide or would like to provide products and services to the City of Kalamazoo can now take advantage of a new web-based system that makes it faster and easier to be notified of bid opportunities, view purchase orders, and more.

Join the Bidders List

pdf Registration/Eden Online Instructions (4.35 MB)

All currently registered vendors and bidders will receive a notice in the mail encouraging them to register in the new system by December 1, 2019. 

All businesses that currently work with the City of Kalamazoo, as well as any businesses that would like to be notified of future bid opportunities, are encouraged to register at www.kalamazoocity.org/purchasing. When registering, each business will be required to provide their contact information and the commodity codes that are applicable for their business (commodity codes are standard classification codes for products and services). When the City has bid opportunities, each business registered with the applicable commodity codes will be notified by email. Detailed registration instructions are available online.

“This system is more consistent with how organizations are doing business now and simplifies the process for business owners,” noted City of Kalamazoo Purchasing Manager, Michelle Emig. “We are committed to reaching as many businesses as possible, especially Kalamazoo-based businesses, so we are really encouraging everyone to sign up and have the opportunity to work with us.”

The system also allows businesses to easily keep their contact information up-to-date, and view purchase orders, invoices, and their bid history. The system will be expanded in the future to allow quotes to be submitted or updated online.

City staff has scheduled several opportunities to provide in-person assistance to business owners:  

11/07/19

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Community Room (2nd Floor-City Hall)

11/07/19

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Community Room (2nd Floor-City Hall)

11/13/19

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Community Room (2nd Floor-City Hall)

11/13/19

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Parks & Recreation Main Building

11/15/19

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Community Room (2nd Floor-City Hall)

11/19/19

8:30 am – 10:30 am

Community Room (2nd Floor-City Hall)

Businesses are encouraged to register online and explore opportunities to do business with the City of Kalamazoo.

 

Fall Leaf Collection Begins Monday, November 4

2019 Fall leaf collection begins Monday, November 4 and runs through December 13. Residents can place any volume of leaves, sticks smaller than 4' in length and 2” diameter, grass clippings or other organic debris as part of this program.  We ask that residents push the organic material to the curb lawn where it will be picked up by City crews. Leaves need to be out by 7 a.m. on the Monday for your designated area. 

Each section of the City will have two pick-up dates scheduled, however depending on the weather, the second pick-up may not occur. If your leaves are not taken, please store them until the following April for collection during the April Spring Clean Up, or take them to a private drop-off site. Please do not report missed collections until the crews have made a complete sweep through your section. This best utilizes crew’s time and efforts, and ensures the most productivity.

Please avoid placing leaves near mailboxes, utility poles, landscaped areas, or over or directly adjacent to storm sewer drains. If you notice a blocked drain, please take a moment to clear any obstructions. This helps ensure the stormwater system operates efficiently and avoides unnecessary maintenance. 

pdf Leaf Collection Schedule (PDF) (1021 KB)

Complete program details

Planning, Economic Development, and Community Development Offices Moving to 245 N Rose

 

Planning, Economic Development, and Community Development Offices to Relocate Starting Wednesday, November 6

New Offices at 245 N. Rose Street Will Open Tuesday, November 12. All City Offices are closed on Monday, November 11 for the observance of Veteran’s Day.

 

The City of Kalamazoo’s Planning, Economic Development, and Community Development offices will be relocating to downtown Kalamazoo starting Wednesday, November 6. New offices will open at 245 N Rose Street Suite 100 on Tuesday, November 12.

The remaining divisions of Community Planning & Economic Development (Permitting, Code Administration, and Rental Registration) will move to the new location December 18. The Public Services personnel located at the Stockbridge Avenue facility will remain.

All phone numbers will remain the same, and city staff in these divisions will continue to be available to assist residents during the move.

Visitor parking is available at the new office location at the Arcadia Parking Ramp on Eleanor Street, on street surrounding the new address, and the Radisson Hotel Parking Ramp. A map of public parking downtown is available here.

This move is part of an effort to better utilize and maintain facilities owned by the City of Kalamazoo. A facilities study completed in 2019 examined all city-owned facilities, considering current and future needs for each city department, facility condition, and the most optimal way to utilize space. The study revealed that more space and rehabilitation were needed at the city’s 415 Stockbridge Avenue facility, which is shared by the Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) and Public Services departments. Following the move of CPED offices, rehabilitation work will take place at the Stockbridge facility that would not be possible with staff present.

After considering cost, location, networking requirements, parking, and customer convenience, 245 N Rose Street was selected as the best option. The City Commission approved a five-year lease on August 19. Within the next five years, the Kalamazoo County District Court is expected to vacate the space that it leases at the City’s Crosstown Parkway facility, which may become the permanent location for CPED and other city offices. 

 

 

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