TIPS: The Interlocal Purchasing System
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The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS), is a purchasing cooperative serving public and private school districts, colleges, universities, federal, state, county and city municipalities. All the awarded contracts through the TIPS program have been awarded under the Competitive Bid Process. All awarded vendors have agreed to provide the best pricing set forth by the terms and conditions available to each and every TIPS Member.





  • To provide a proven cooperative purchasing process through quality customer service including timely responses, legal support and effective recruitment by providing sufficient resources to include personnel




  • Substantially save and provide the best value for participating members through cooperative purchasing

  • Provide school districts and other tax exempt entities opportunities for greater efficiency and economy in acquiring goods and services


How to Purchase:


  • View vendors by selecting link, then click Members- Contracts/Commodities, or

  • Select vendor, search by product at:   click on Members and then select contract/commodities

  • Contact Vendor Representative as listed. Identify yourself as a TIPS Member to receive special prices

  • Compare quotes (if desired)

  • Utilize your districts procedures to create a purchase order,(PO). To further insure the pricing guarantee write or stamp TIPS on you PO. Some vendors have specific contract numbers that must appear on the purchase order. The Contract # is listed on the Vendor Profile page. Please see the Vendor Page for specific requests

  • Fax the purchase order as instructed on the Vendor Page. If the PO goes directly to the vendor, you are requested to also fax a copy to TIPS at (866-839-8472)


Membership FREE to all eligible entities.



Please contact Terri Stewart for questions and guidance, at or call 304-267-3595


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