Cooperative Purchasing Opportunities
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The Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA) was formed in 2000 and the Colorado BOCES Association (CBA) joined AEPA in 2001. The AEPA current membership of 23 states represents a total student enrollment of 25,444,100 students. The purpose of AEPA is to combine purchasing power to allow all school districts, large and small, the best educational prices available on products and services.
All biding laws of the 23 member states are covered in the bids issued by the AEPA and the bids have been advertised in at least one major publication in each member state. AEPA meets two times per year, spring and winter. The categories for the upcoming bids are decided at the Spring meeting, the bids are then prepared, advertised and published and the AEPA reviews and approves the bid responses at the December meeting. Each individual state then reviews the approved bids and issues contracts to the appropriate vendors, making those contract available through their state cooperatives.
Currently the AEPA has 28 active bids. Each bid is valid for one year with three one year extensions available upon review. At the end of the fourth year the category may or may not be re-bid.
Following is a listing of the contracts available to all Colorado School Districts through the Colorado BOCES Association. This listing also contains contact information for each vendor as well as description of the companies, ordering procedures and other pertinent information.
If you need additional information please do not hesitate to contact the Colorado BOCES Director of Cooperative Purchasing:
3097 Lane 4 North
Monte Vista, CO 81144
719-588-0013 or 719-852-2944
The Colorado BOCES/AEPA contracts are also available to any educational facility, governmental agency, or non-profit organization in Colorado according to your local procurement policies and procedures.
New Opportunity - Colorado BOCES enters a coop agreement with Cooperative Educational Services in New Mexico to provide additional products and services to Colorado schools, local and county governments, non-profits and higher education facilities. The "piggyback" contracts have been successfully bid through CES and meet current procurement laws.
AEPA Bid #013 - Each year, the AEPA selects categories of products and/or services for which they seek nationally advertised requests for bids from qualified vendors. Click the link for a copy of the "2013 AEPA Bid Notification" which was published in the Denver Post, and in appropriate media outlets in each member state, during the first week of September 2013.