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Capitol Region Council of Governments

CRCOG is made up of 29 municipalities in the Greater Hartford/Capital Region. The executive elected officials of those 29 municipalities provide the direction and guidance for CRCOG.

These municipal governments have been cooperating for over 30 years, at CRCOG, to complete projects which work to improve the quality of the Capital Region. CRCOG also helps to implement a long term vision in the Capital Region. CRCOG members work together to decrease costs and increase efficiency of government through providing shared services and other programs like their cooperative purchasing program.

CRCOG operates the Capital Region Purchasing Council (CRPC), a voluntary purchasing cooperative serving 88 municipalities, boards of education, and public agencies.  Learn more at their website.

Also available through CRCOG is the EZ IQC program.  The competitively bid Indefinite Quantity Construction (IQC) contract features on-call construction contractors ready to perform renovation, repair, and small to medium sized construction work quickly and at competitively bid prices.  To learn more, click here.

Contact:
Jennifer March-Wackers
Senior Program Manager, Municipal Services

Maureen Barton
Program Assistant
Telephone: 860-522-2217
Fax: 860-724-1274

mbarton@crcog.org

Cooperative Fuel Purchasing

Districts may be interested in the following fuel offers which are not administered by CREC:

Arum & Associates LLC Fuel Offer

Arum & Associates LLC offers procurement opportunities for the following types of fuel. Please note these opportunities are not competitively bid, but are solicited and negotiated group prices.

  • Diesel Fuel
  • Heating Oil - No. 2
  • Unleaded Gasoline

Ed Arum, the principal of Arum & Associates, has a long and distinguished record of serving school districts for over 37 years in a variety of business roles. He has organized and managed procurement opportunities for school districts and towns for many years.

Arum & Associates fuel procurement opportunities are available at no charge to all Connecticut school districts (public & private), towns & municipalities, non-profit organizations and libraries.

To participate in the procurement of negotiated fixed price fuels, please contact Ed Arum at 860-309-7913 or edarum@hotmail.com.

EASTCONN

EASTCONN facilitates a yearly fuel bid (#2 heating, unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel). Members contact the fuel company directly to set-up a contract; fuel contracts between fuel vendors and EASTCONN Cooperative members are on an individual basis. To participate in the fuel pricing, please contact Sandra Garcia at 860-455-1584 or sgarcia@eastconn.org.

CT Dept. of Administrative Services

DAS offers many cooperative purchasing opportunities. Learn more

Carol Wilson, Director of Procurement Programs and Services
carol.wilson@po.state.ct.us
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 713-5093
Fax: (860) 622-2904

CT Library Consortium

The Connecticut Library Consortium is a statewide membership collaborative serving all types of Connecticut libraries by initiating and facilitating cost-effective services to strengthen their ability to serve their users. CREC has partnered with the CT Library Consortium to expand their book bids and expand membership to more schools throughout the state.

Contact:
Connie Sear
Director of Product Research & Purchasing
860-344-8777
csear@ctlibrarians.org
www.ctlibrarians.org

EASTCONN

EASTCONN, one of Connecticut’s RESCs, offers competitively bid pricing for the following items:

  • Cafeteria & Food supplies

These awarded bids are available to all CT school districts, municipalities, non-profit organizations and libraries. There is no annual membership fee.

Please contact Sandra Garcia 860-455-1584 for further information, or visit EASTCONN's website.

These awarded bids have been endorsed by the CT RESC Alliance.

Public Purchasing Association of Connecticut (PPAC)

CREC is a member of the Public Purchasing Association of Connecticut (PPAC). The group was chartered by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) on May 11, 1994 to foster and promote advancement of the public purchasing profession though education training opportunities, cooperative interaction, development of best practices, and technical assistance and discussion.

The PPAC provides a medium for the interchange of ideas and information among the purchasing buying agencies of Connecticut and professional certification is encouraged for all members to validate the expertise required for effective public procurement.

Our Goals:

  • To promote ethical, efficient and cost-effective public purchasing policies and practices;
  • To provide educational programs, products, and services for public purchasing personnel;
  • To enable public purchasing personnel to exchange useful information about policies, practices, procedures, products and services of common interest;
  • To otherwise facilitate the conduct of purchasing activities by government and other public agencies;
  • To assist other charitable and educational organizations in the conduct of similar activities.

PPAC is a membership-based non-profit organization. Membership in the PPAC Chapter of NIGP is open to persons who are employed by a governmental, quasi-governmental or non-profit agency or subdivision thereof, and whose duties in whole or in part consist of purchasing supplies, materials, or services or duties related thereto. For more information, visit www.ppac.us.

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