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City of Manistee Joins Online Purchasing System

Manistee, MI, - The City of Manistee announced recently that it is has joined the Michigan Intergovernmental Trade Network (MITN), an online procurement system that provides vendors with an easier and more economical way to access and compete for government bids. 

Manistee "went live" on the MITN system on July 5th, providing its vendors with convenient access to bid information for the City of Manistee and all other agencies on the system free of charge.  The network was developed with the assistance of IPT by BidNet, an Albany, New York company that manages numerous government purchasing websites across the country. 

The benefits to vendors of membership on the new system include:

  • 24-hour access to business opportunities
  • Notification based upon the vendors designated product or service 
  • More reliable and timely delivery of notifications and documents
  • Vendor managed registration system

"The benefits to participation in the procurement network and sharing resources with other agencies are tremendous," said Edward Bradford, CFO.  "As part of the MITN system we will be able to lower costs for both our agency and its vendors-which is critical in the current economic climate. It's a win-win situation for the City and our vendors-the vendors have free, centralized access to bid opportunities from multiple agencies, while we benefit from increased vendor competition and process automation."

For additional information about the MITN system, and how vendors can participate, go to, or contact the City of Manistee.

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- Mark Heydlauff, Charlevoix City Manager