Our bid process and contracting procedures meet most state bidding laws with sealed bids and published standards
Stringent standards set apart successful purchasing cooperatives because public agencies want to make sure that their own local policies for procurement are being met. That’s why KPN follows the best practices for bidding and procurement, not only those spelled out in state laws, but through national associations and local boards.
Three words describe KPN’s approach: impartial, competitive, and transparent.
The process starts with clear specifications. The opportunity to bid is offered, not only in required legal advertising, but in other public notices through email, websites, associations, and social media.
Bidding is competitive with requirements for all vendor bids to be sealed and delivered on time to the contracting agency.
KPN is a program of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, a political jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Bidding and awards are made under the authority granted by state law and under the local jurisdiction of the CSIU Board of Directors.
Bid are opened and read in public in front of witnesses for added transparency.
Bid evaluation criteria are published within each set of bid documents, and awards are made to the lowest responsive, responsible bidders.
For the purpose of leveraging volume and to achieve lower prices, KPN often cooperates with the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA), a group of 26 state cooperatives that jointly solicit bids, but make local awards.
See a list of KPN contracts that run the gamut from consumable commodities to public works contracts for flooring, roofing, and athletic surfaces.
Jeff Kimball has been the leader and innovator of KPN since 1987. As director of cooperative purchasing for the CSIU, Jeff has overseen the growth of KPN from a regional cooperative to a national cooperative. He is active in the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials and has been a thought leader in procurement with the Association of School Business Officials International. In addition, he was a founding member of the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies, which has now grown to include 26 state cooperative agencies. He serves on the board of directors of AEPA and also heads the association’s nationwide bidding initiatives. Closer to home, Jeff is also active in his community, serving with volunteer stints for local events and the Kiwanis Club.
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.