Cooperative Procurement means procurement conducted by, or on behalf of, more than one eligible public procurement unit - City of Tempe Procurement Ordinance Chapter 26A-2 Chapter Definitions.
Cooperative procurement is most frequently used by governmental entities, since they are required to follow laws requiring competitive bidding above certain thresholds. Counties, Municipalities and Schools can sign an intergovernmental agreement that allows them to legally use a contract that was procured by another governmental entity. By pooling the purchasing volumes of a large group of entities better efficiencies and lower costs can be achieved.
Tempe is a member of the Strategic Alliance for Volume Expenditure - SAVE - Cooperative. The majority of contracts issued by the City of Tempe contain cooperative procurement language:
Cooperative Use of Contract: Any Contract resulting from this solicitation shall be for the use of the City of Tempe. In addition, public and nonprofit agencies that have entered into a Cooperative Purchasing Agreement with the City of Tempe's Procurement Division are eligible to participate in any subsequent Contract. Additionally, the Contract is eligible for use by the Strategic Alliance for Volume Expenditures (SAVE) cooperative - participating agencies. The parties agree that these lists are subject to change. Any such usage by other municipalities and government agencies must be in accord with the ordinance, charter and/or rules and regulations of the respective political entity.
Any orders placed to, or services required from, the successful Contractor(s) will be requested by each participating agency. Payment for purchase made under this agrement will be the sole responsibility of each participating agency. The City shall not be responsible for any disputes arising out of transactions made by others. Contractor shall be be responsible for correctly administering these Contract in accordance with all terms, condition, requirements and approved pricing to any eligible procurement unit.
Statewide Vendor Registration Portal
For the convenience of current, or potential vendors, Mesa Public Schools maintains a site that assists vendors with the task of locating and registering with Arizona procurement entities by providing links to agency websites.
Arizona Statewide Vendor Registration Portal
Other Procurement Sites
The list below is only representative of commonly used cooperatives - a more extensive list is available from the Statewide Vendor Registration Portal link above.
State of Arizona
Maricopa County Materials Management Office