The City of Long Beach is a coastal city in Southern California. With a community of 462,081 residents, it is recognized as one of the most demographically diverse cities in America. It is also one of the largest buyers in the region, spending $2.6 billion every year.
With a not-so-small purchase threshold of $25,000 and nearly 6,000 government employees, the City makes most of its purchases through informal credit card swiping.
The surge of Covid-19 increased pressure on the City to come up with innovative and fast ways to counter the impact on the economy, especially on small, local, and diverse businesses.
GLASS proposed the City of Long Beach a government marketplace for small purchases where government buyers could seamlessly find all small, local, and diverse businesses, request instant quotes from them, and check out.
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