purchasing

Rhode Island Resident Bidder Preference

Revised March 2, 2015

Rhode Island General Laws, §37-2-8. Foodstuffs grown or produced in Rhode Island by Rhode Island farmers are given preference when available and purchased at prevailing market prices.

Rhode Island General Laws, §37-2-59.1 For contracts entirely supported by state funds, all other things being equal, preference is given to Rhode Island architectural, engineering, and consulting firms or secondly those professionals who propose a joint venture with a Rhode Island firm.

Rhode Island General Laws, §37-2-80. Where contracts are entirely supported by state funds and two or more bidders respond and are equal on all other factors, the chief purchasing officer shall select a vendor or service provider whose headquarters or primary place of business is in Rhode Island first and those who propose a joint venture with such an in-state business second.