TIPS is an acronym for The Interlocal Purchasing System. 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 lead agency, Region 8 Education Service Center, located in Pittsburg, Texas.
The benefits of using TIPS are available to Education, Government and Non-Profit Agencies. This includes but is not limited to: K-12 School Districts, Charter Schools, Private Schools, Colleges, Universities, State Agencies, Municipalities, Townships, Emergency Service Districts, Park Districts, Churches, Charitable Organizations, Counties and other entities with legislated purchasing/bidding requirements.
The TIPS website offers step-by-step instructions on how to become a member. The process is fast, and it’s free. It is, however, specific to state or organizational guidelines. Please visit this link to access the membership instructions and documents: www.tips-usa.com.