Cooperative Purchasing Alliances


    The Alvin Independant School District is a member of various Purchasing Cooperatives (co-ops) that include a large selection and variety of vendors for all commodity codes.  Most cooperatives have established competitive pricing and ensure legal compliance with EDGAR and ARMS regulations.  Cooperative vendors have been awarded contracts through a specific purchasing cooperative which allows the District to procure equipment and services without completing the District's RFP/Bidding process.


    Staff interested in using cooperative vendor should request a copy of their contract number, a copy of their W-9 and a quote for items they are requesting to purchase.  Upon receipt, submit all paperwork to Purchasing for review.  Purchasing will follow-up with the vendor, and upon approval, provide staff a vendor number and commodity code associated with the contract for the purchase.



    Our district is currently members of the following co-operatives:







    • DIR - Texas Department of Information Resources



    • EPIC 6 - Educational Purchasing Interlocal Cooperative at Region 6





    • HGACBuy - Houston-Galveston Area Council





    • OMNIA PARTNERS formerly National IPA, US Communities, TCPN,  and Region IV



    • PACE - Purchasing Association of Cooperative Entities









    • SOURCEWELL formerly National Joint Powers Alliance







    • TIPS -  The Interlocal Purchasing System




    Vendors are welcome to contact the above co-ops for information on how to become a vendor.  Many public agencies, school districts and municipalities utilize these cooperatives.