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Cooperative Purchasing

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.

New Connecticut Legislation for the 2016 Session

Substitute House Bill No. 5601
Public Act No. 16-144

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened: Section 1. Section 7-148v of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of the general statutes or any municipal charter, special act or ordinance, any municipality may purchase equipment, supplies, materials or services from a person who has a contract to sell such goods or services to other state governments, political subdivisions of the state, nonprofit organizations or public purchasing consortia available through a regional educational service center or regional council of governments, in accordance with the provisions of such contract.

About Cooperative Purchasing

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.

The PEPPM and AEPA programs are open to all. To access the CT Consortium for Cooperative Purchasing, you must first become a member by completing the application here.

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