Purchasing Cooperative's BCBE Joined:

  • Purchasing Cooperatives:

    Purchasing Cooperatives are a type of cooperative arrangement to agree to aggregate deman to get lower prices from selected suppliers. It is often used by government agencies to reduce costs of procurement. Purchasing Cooperatives are used most frequently by governmental entities, since they are required to follow laws requiring competitive bidding above certain thresholds. Counties, municipalities, schools, colleges and universities in the majority of states can sign an agreement or contract that allows them to legally use a contract that was procured by another governmental entity. This form of procurement is not currently allowed under public works law; this is only applicable to competitive bid law. 

    The folllowing are some approved purchasing cooperatives.  To use an approved purchasing cooperative click the link below: 

    OMNIA (formally US Communities and National IPA)

    Sourcewell (formally NJPA Cooperative)



    E & I Cooperative 

    TIPS Cooperative