Purchasing Cooperatives

The City of Garland utilizes several major purchasing cooperatives. The purpose of cooperative purchasing groups is to obtain the benefits and efficiencies that can accrue to members, comply with State bidding requirements, and identify qualified vendors of commodities, goods, and services. The membership of these cooperatives is comprised of cities, schools, counties, universities, and other governmental entities.

We want to help you, our vendors and suppliers, to take advantage of the enormous buying power available through competitively bidding the goods and services. By participating as an awarded vendor or supplier in one or more of the following cooperatives, you will achieve a virtual storefront with a customer base as big as Texas and beyond.

To participate in the competitive cooperative bid procedures, follow the links below.

Cooperative / Group Purchasing Programs

The Cooperative Purchasing Network – TCPN is available for use by all public and private schools, colleges, universities, cities, counties, and other government entities in the State of Texas. 

Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) – through the Texas Interlocal Cooperation Act, local governments, states, state agencies and non-profit corporations providing one or more governmental functions and services have access to contracts developed by H-GAC.

US Communities – all government entities are eligible to use US Communities contracts, which focus on high use, high volume items. 

BuyBoard – the BuyBoard was developed by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) along with the Texas Association of Counties and the Texas Municipal League. It is open to all local governments, nonprofits, and other political subdivisions of the state of Texas. School districts must be a member of TASB to participate.
The BuyBoard has established an authorization process for BuyBoard members to allow shopping—not buying—by non-procurement staff members. To obtain this authorization, please download the access form, complete it, and return it to the fax number or e-mail address on the form.

Department of Information Resources (DIR) – DIR is an agency of the State of Texas. Among their varied responsibilities, DIR must negotiate volume purchase agreements for quality products and services. All Texas state agencies are eligible to use these agreements.

Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS) – TPASS is a division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts whose primary responsibility is to provide goods, services, and facilities to the State of Texas. One part of fulfilling this responsibility is establishing term contracts available to all Texas state agencies.

Texas Multiple Award Schedules (TXMAS) - TPASS also maintains the Texas Multiple Award Schedules (TXMAS); these contracts have been developed from contracts awarded competitively by the federal government or any other governmental entity of any state. 

The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS) – TIPS is sponsored by the Region VIII Education Service Center and is available for use by all public and private schools, colleges, universities, cities, counties, and other government entities in the State of Texas. TIPS has competitively bid their contracts, and has followed the HUB guidelines of the State of Texas.

Choice Partners (HCDE) national cooperative provides quality services, legal procurement and contract solutions for governmental entities, including school districts, private and charter schools, colleges and universities, municipalities, counties and nonprofits.