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The Interlocal Purchasing System


The Interlocal Purchasing System, or TIPS, is a national purchasing cooperative that offers access to competitively procured purchasing contracts to its membership. TIPS is housed at and managed by the Region 8 Education Service Center located in Pittsburg, Texas.

Membership in a purchasing cooperative offers public education organizations

  • access to competitively procured contracts with quality vendors;
  • savings of time and financial resources necessary to fulfill bid requirements;
  • assistance with purchasing process by qualified TIPS staff; and
  • access to pricing based on a "national" high-profile contract

Membership in TIPS is free and the TIPS website offers step-by-step instructions on how to become a member. It is, however, specific to your home state. Membership instructions and documents are available on the TIPS website.

In order for a vendor to sell products or services through the TIPS cooperative they must be awarded a contract by TIPS. This can only happen when a vendor responds to a TIPS solicitation (RFP/RFQ) for their specific product or service and meets the scoring requirements to receive an awarded contract from the Region 8 ESC Board of Directors (which serves as the governing board of TIPS). For further information about becoming a TIPS vender, click here.

For additional information about TIPS, contact Randy Ramey at 630/802-1518, or by email at

Note:Before making a purchase from TIPS in excess of $25,000, members in Illinois should obtain an opinion from their board attorney to determine whether an exemption from the bidding mandate applies. For more information about the Illinois bidding statute, members should contact the IASB Office of General Counsel at:

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