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Group & Cooperative Purchasing


BuyBoard Cooperative Purchasing

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The Local Government Purchasing Cooperative was created to increase the purchasing power of government entities and to simplify their purchasing by using a customized electronic purchasing system, called the BuyBoard. The Cooperative is administered by the Texas Association of School Boards and is endorsed by the Texas Municipal League (TML) and the Texas Association of Counties (TAC).

The Cooperative uses Internet-based technologies to create a single source for product and awarded contract information. The BuyBoard, a secured Web site, allows members to make confident buying decisions and streamline the purchasing process. All items and catalogs posted on the BuyBoard have been competitively procured and awarded by the Cooperative’s Board of Trustees based on Texas statutes. This eliminates the need for members to go through the bidding process on their own.

Educational and Institutional (E&I) Cooperative Service

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E&I is the member-owned, not-for-profit buying cooperative established by members of NAEP in 1934 to provide lower costs for higher education. E&I lowers the purchase price of goods and services by aggregating the purchasing power of member institutions, and streamlines the supply chain process for our members and business partners—reducing time, complexity, and total costs.

Houston - Galveston Area Council (HGACBuy)

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HGACBuy is a "Government-to-Government" procurement service available nationwide. Governmental entities have been procuring products and services through HGACBuy for over 30 years. As a unit of local government assisting other local governments, HGACBuy strives to make the governmental procurement process more efficient by establishing competitively priced contracts for goods and services, and providing the customer service necessary to help its members achieve their procurement goals. All contracts available to members of HGACBuy have been awarded by virtue of a public competitive procurement process compliant with state statutes.

Texas Inter Local Purchasing System (TIPS)

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U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance (U.S. Communities)

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U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance (U.S. Communities), a division of U.S. Communities Public Services Alliance was designed in cooperation with an Advisory Board of local and state government purchasing officials and is jointly sponsored by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), the National League of Cities (NLC), and the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM).

U.S. Communities provides a national purchasing forum for local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education and non-profits nationwide by pooling the purchasing power of over 87,000 public agencies.