U.S. Communities purchasing cooperative has a long history of working with thousands of K-12 public and private schools, community colleges and higher education institutions to save time and money. The U.S. Communities Advisory Board includes several school districts and university representatives. Moreover, U.S. Communities is the only cooperative purchasing program founded by the Association of School Business Officials International, the National Association of Counties, the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, the National League of Cities and the United States Conference of Mayors.
All U.S. Communities contracts are competitively solicited by a lead public agency in accordance with its public purchasing rules and regulations. Each solicitation contains language allowing public and private schools and institutes of higher education to piggyback on the contracts.
Education organizations are qualified to utilize U.S. Communities’ contracts to save significant time and costs while realizing bid competitive pricing. Furthermore, the prices your institution will receive through U.S. Communities are the lowest that will be offered by participating suppliers to government entities nationwide. With no cost to participate and no minimum order requirements, education organizations of any size have the ability to purchase the products, services and solutions they need at volume discount prices that would be nearly impossible to attain individually.
Although each school may have different procedures to follow for private or public education procurement, applying these competitive principles satisfies the competitive solicitation requirements of most agencies and organizations. By using U.S. Communities suppliers, there is no need to comparison shop. You can buy with confidence knowing you are getting the lowest overall government pricing. You'll be able to leverage our cooperative purchasing standards and supplier commitments to deliver value and savings to your education institution.
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