All of the Cooperative Purchasing Connection contracts are established through a Request for Proposal (RFP), Request for Bid (RFB) or negotiated agreement. We award contracts based on quality, proven performance, and pricing.
RFPs and RFBs are done in accordance with purchasing procedures mandated by state procurement laws and regulations. Therefore, purchasing from these contracts meet the requirements of the Uniform Municipal Contracting Law (MS 471.345) and benefit all entities that must comply with state purchasing laws (public and private schools, colleges and universities, cities, counties, non-profits, and all governmental entities).
Contracts established through a negotiated agreement are called Preferred Vendor Agreements (PVA) and do not meet competitive bidding requirements. These agreements are only completed for proprietary products or services that will not exceed the bid limit.