Made in Virginia – New Procurement Preference Law

Jul 11, 2024 | Government Affairs

 

On July 1, 2024, Virginia enacted a new law for procurement processes favoring goods manufactured in Virginia. This initiative aims to boost the local economy and support Virginia-based manufacturers.

The VMA was proud to support this important legislation that levels the playing field for Virginia manufacturers with their out-of-state competitors.

Key Provisions:

  1. Tie Bids:
    • Preference first goes to goods produced in Virginia.
    • If not available, preference shifts to goods produced in the U.S.
    • If neither is applicable, the tie is decided by lot.
  2. Price Matching:
    • Virginia manufacturers can match the lowest bid if their bid is within 10% of the lowest bid from a non-resident.
    • This ensures Virginia businesses remain competitive in state contracts.
  3. Reciprocal Preferences:
    • If a non-resident’s state gives local preferences, Virginia extends the same benefits to its residents.

Expiration and Review:

  • The preferences are set to expire on July 1, 2027.
  • The Department of General Services (DGS) will study the law’s impact and report findings by January 8, 2025, allowing for potential amendments.

Impact:

This law is expected to:

  • Encourage growth in Virginia manufacturing.
  • Keep more state funds within Virginia.
  • Strengthen Virginia’s job market.

In summary, the new procurement preferences are a significant step towards fostering economic growth and supporting local businesses in Virginia. By prioritizing goods manufactured in Virginia, the state aims to create a more robust and self-sufficient economy.

Read the full provision here.

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