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Cooperative Purchasing



Cara Hart
Coordinator of Cooperative Services
(860) 524-4021


“Thank you so much for allowing Ridgefield Academy to be part of the CREC consortium again in 2015-2016. The CREC consortium membership allows us to help improve our student's education from the significant savings we receive through CREC's purchasing power. We have been able to add new technologies in the classrooms and enhance curriculum for our students. We are a non-profit school from Preschool to 8th grade and any extra savings can be used to further our student's education.”

- Larry McDowell
Business Manager
Ridgefield Academy

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Cooperative Purchasing - Save Time and Money

CREC brings the buying power of many school districts, municipalities and non-profit organizations together to offer numerous savings opportunities. We try to make cooperative purchasing as simple as possible, so that school districts, towns and non-profit organizations save money AND time.

CREC’s philosophy regarding cooperatively bid programs encompasses the following:

  • All bids must be publicized so that all vendors have an opportunity to respond
  • All bids are evaluated and awarded based upon the total offer – lowest price, ability to offer the exact product requested, ability to deliver and customer service

CREC has a two-fold approach to these offers. First, when feasible, CREC develops its own competitively bid programs.  Secondly, CREC sponsors and promotes national competitively bid programs to complement CREC’s in-state offers. With this philosophy, CREC taps into the expertise of other programs who offer value and competitive prices.

These local and national programs are available to all public and private school districts, towns and municipalities, libraries and non-profit organizations. We continually do research to understand the market, improve our offers, and work with vendors to resolve problems. Our programs are endorsed by CT RESC Alliance and are available to districts throughout the state and throughout New England.

CREC’s Cooperative Purchasing program is one more way that we provide cost-effective solutions to public education challenges.

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