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Public Education, Local Government, & Non-Profit

How to buy

TIPS (The Interlocal Purchasing System)

TIPS is a national purchasing cooperative that offers access to competitively procured purchasing contracts to its membership.  TIPS is housed at and managed by the Region 8 Education Service Center located in Pittsburg, Texas.

How do you benefit from TIPS?

For governmental agencies such as public education organizations, higher education entities, and city or county governments, membership in a purchasing cooperative offers the following benefits:

  • Access to competitively procured contracts with quality vendors

  • Savings of time and financial resources necessary to fulfill bid requirements

  • Assistance with purchasing process by qualified TIPS staff

  • Access to pricing based on a "national" high-profile contract

Who are typically members of TIPS?

TIPS currently serves entities such as state and local governments and non-profit organizations, including but not limited to:

  • K-12 school districts

  • Charter Schools

  • Colleges and Universities (State and Private)

  • Cities/Municipalities

  • Counties/Parishes

  • State Agencies

  • Emergency Services Districts

  • Non-profit organizations as defined by the Internal Revenue Service

  • Other entities with legislated purchasing/bidding requirements.


BuyBoard Cooperative Purchasing

The Local Government Purchasing Cooperative is an administrative agency created in accordance with Section 791.001 of the Texas Government Code.  Its purpose is to obtain the benefits and efficiencies that can accrue to members of a cooperative, to comply with state bidding requirements, and to identify qualified vendors of commodities, goods, and services.  The Cooperative also relieves the burdens of governmental purchasing by effectively using current technology and realizing economies of scale.


GSA Advantage

Our golf car and utility vehicles are available for purchase through the U.S. General Services Adminstration.

GSA Advantage Program.

Schedule 78. Contract Number GS-03F-0059U. 


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What is GSA Advantage?

GSA advantage is the government's central online shopping superstore.  GSA Advantage provides online access to millions of products and services from thousands of federal contractors.  Members enjoy all the benefits that GSA Advantage has to offer including purchasing privileges, e-mail updates, the ability to store order history and more.

Why should I use GSA Advantage?

Using GSA Advantage ensures that you are getting GSA-negotiated prices, and dealing with GSA-approved sources.  The system is designed to facilitate shopping as well as market research.  GSA Advantage contains millions of GSA schedule, stock and special order products and services from thousands of schedule contractors.

Can State and Local government entities use GSA Advantage?

State and local customers may browse GSA Advantage anytime.  State and local government entities that may use GSA include: States, counties, municipalities, cities, towns, townships, tribal governments, public authorities, school districts, colleges and other institutions of higher education, council of governments, regional or interstate government entities, or any agency or instrumentality of the preceding entities, and including legislative and judicial departments.  The term does not include contractors of, or grantees of, State or local governments.

Ordering: State and Local customers who wish to order must use a state or local government issued credit card.  No other form of payment is accepted at this time.  The State or local government ordering activity is responsible for ensuring that only authorized representatives of their governments place orders and that the supplies or services purchased will be used for governmental purposes only.


As an alternative purchasing method, the Statewide Procurement Division establishes Texas Multiple Award Schedule (TXMAS) contracts that have been developed from contracts awarded by the federal government or other governmental entities.  

Texas Multiple Award Schedule Approved.

Contract Number: TXMAS-18-7803

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