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KCDC achieves continued accreditation by National Institute of Governmental Purchasing
Submitted by Scott Bird
January 23, 2023; 12:26 p.m.

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation’s (KCDC) Procurement Division once again has earned top accreditation by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, a designation it has held since 2006.

NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement recognized KCDC with Accreditation for Quality Public Procurement Departments (QPPD), which acknowledges excellence in sound procurement practices and places KCDC in a group of elite procurement organizations.

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Terry McKee; KCDC

“Our procurement division meets the highest standards of transparency to achieve and keep the public’s trust,” KCDC Executive Director and CEO Ben Bentley said. “The accreditation signals to our vendor partners that we engage in ethical practices and provide the best value to our residents, stakeholders and community. I commend the staff’s dedication and high standards.”

KCDC is among the more than 3,000 governmental agency members in NIGP throughout the United States and Canada, and 33 currently have QPPD accreditation, formerly known as Outstanding Agency Accreditation (OA4), through the self-assessment process. “This accreditation is an affirmation of our processes and procedures,” said Terry McKee, procurement director for KCDC. “Our vendors and the public can be assured we employ high ethical standards when it comes to sourcing and securing goods and services for KCDC.”

About Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation
Since 1936, KCDC has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Knoxville. KCDC’s mission is to improve and transform neighborhoods and communities by providing high-quality affordable housing, advancing development initiatives and fostering self-sufficiency. For more information, call 865-403-1100 or visit


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