About KPN: 10 key facts about us to get you started on the path to more efficient purchasing with cooperative contracts
The Keystone Purchasing Network (KPN) is a cooperative purchasing program. These 10 keys facts constitute the who, what, where, when and why about our program -- a short course about KPN and its many benefits to school districts and other public agencies.
1. We go to bid and solicit competitive, sealed-bid pricing, on behalf of our members.
Our sole purpose is to save school districts and other public agencies time and money by soliciting bids and leveraging demand. Cooperatively we can deliver better prices at a lower cost of acquisition. Occasionally, we issue requests for proposals (RFPs), but the overwhelming majority of our work centers on requests for bids, contract awards, and contract management.
2. We follow strict bidding procedures prescribed by law.
Since we are a public, education agency, we must follow bidding laws applicable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
3. We get our authority from Pennsylvania State Law.
KPN is a program of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, No. 16. The CSIU is an educational agency established by a law passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1971. As a public agency, we derive our bidding authority from Pennsylvania state law, which extends that right and responsibility to local jurisdictions.
4. We have been around a long time.
We’re no Johnny-come-lately. KPN started its cooperative purchasing efforts in 1974, so we may be older than many buyers using our program. We use our experience to solicit better bids and award useful contracts.
5. We started under a different name.
Originally, we were the Pennsylvania Education Joint Purchasing Counsel, a regional purchasing cooperative started by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit. We changed our name when our program became so popular that schools throughout Pennsylvania and the United States started using our contracts.
6. We serve agencies throughout the United States.
While we started locally nearly four decades ago, we now serve agencies in 43 states with KPN contracts. Each member agency exercises its right to use KNP contracts under the authority of their own respective state laws which contain language allowing them to cooperate with other agencies.
7. We invite any public agency to become a member for free.
While there are no fees to use our contracts, we require that you become a member by filling out a short membership form and accepting the terms and conditions. Membership is free. Just to mention some types of eligible agencies, our membership is open to school districts, intermediate agencies, vocational and technical education agencies, charter schools, court schools, cities, counties, towns, villages, court systems, police departments, libraries, community colleges, universities, non-public schools, states, non-profits, and special districts.
8. We cooperate with AEPA.
We are a founding member of the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA) and cooperate with 26 other states on many requests for bids so that we can leverage national demand to achieve lower bid pricing.
9. We are located in the central heart of our state in Milton, Pennsylvania. Visit us or send us mail:
Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit
90 Lawton Lane
Milton, PA 17847
10. We work so you can buy immediately under a fully legal purchasing instrument.
After you become a member, you can buy immediately without having to go to bid yourself. We have written the specifications, advertised for bids, published the bid solicitation, accepted sealed bid submissions, evaluated the results, awarded to low bidders, and managed awarded vendors.
Successful purchasing cooperatives have unique information technology needs. Mark Carollo has specialized in an IT niche that requires a comprehensive understanding of technology, networking, ecommerce, database management, and social media. He is the cooperative purchasing network and systems administrator for CSIU and has managed the infrastructure for cooperative purchasing for CSIU since 1997 after receiving his degree from Bucknell University. He has overseen major changes in technology and web design, while using his knowledge to consult on technology specifications, bidding, and contract management.
ABOUT KPN, THE SOURCE FOR PIGGYBACCKABLE PURCHASING CONTRACTS USED BY LOCAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE U.S.
Ten key facts about the Keystone Purchasing Network to get you started on the path to more efficient purchasing with cooperative contracts.
ABOUT THE CENTRAL SUSQUEHANNA INTERMEDIATE UNIT, THE PUBLIC AGENCY BEHIND THE KEYSTONE PURCHASING NETWORK
Buyers interested in using KPN contracts will be interested in the legal authority of the CSIU as a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
CONTACT OUR STAFF FOR HELPFUL CUSTOMER SERVICE TO FACILITATE YOUR USE OF KPN PURCHASING CONTRACTS
Contact us. You’ll find the KPN staff is a group of experienced public sector employees, all part of the team at the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit in Milton, Pennsylvania.
THE KPN STAFF INCLUDES EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS IN PURCHASING AND CUSTOMER SERVICE SOLUTIONS
The staff behind the KPN purchasing cooperative includes leaders who have been on the leading edge of public sector purchasing and innovation for decades.
MEET WITH KPN STAFF AT A TRADE SHOW NEAR YOU; GET A PERSONAL TOUR OF PIGGYBACKABLE CONTRACTS SUITED TO YOUR AGENCY
Trade shows are a perfect environment to find solutions and build relationships. KPN makes it easy to meet in person thanks to a full calendar of tradeshows near you.
KPN’S AFFILIATION WITH AEPA LEVERAGES NATIONAL DEMAND TO ACHIEVE BETTER LOCAL PRICING
National cooperation among 26 different state purchasing agencies leads to better pricing, but AEPA still leaves awards and contracting at the local level.
OUR BID PROCESS: THE CONTRACTING PROCEDURES THAT MEET MOST STATE BIDDING LAWS
With a cooperative history going back 40 years, KPN follows strict bidding procedures to make communities throughout the U.S. comfortable using its piggybackable bids.