PAEC Horizon Newsletter
  Tuesday, October 7, 2014   Issue 138  

PAEC Cooperative State Purchasing Program Saves School Districts Time and Money

The Panhandle Area Educational Consortium’s (PAEC) Cooperative State Purchasing program is tailor made for school districts as well as other governmental or non-profit organizations. The program partners with the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA) to leverage the purchasing power of 26 member states to benefit all schools, regardless of size, with the ability to purchase at equal buying levels.
Pre-bid contracts that meet or exceed Florida’s strict purchasing guidelines are available state wide with PAEC acting as the representative in Florida on behalf of AEPA. All contracts are nationally bid and locally awarded. Through the PAEC/AEPA partnership, districts can purchase pre-negotiated, pre-bid products ranging from office supplies, vehicles, Medicaid billing, school maintenance, school security, and everything in between. District purchasing agents do not need to advertise or delay making important purchases because all of the pre- purchasing work has been done on their behalf. If the products desired are not available through the current vendors, AEPA will locate a vendor and negotiate the best price for you while leveraging the buying power of the national consortium.