For Release: December 5, 2016
Contact: Gerald Brashears, 800.695.2919, ext. 3616

BuyBoard® Purchasing Cooperative Returns $6.9 Million to Members

(Austin)—The Local Government Purchasing Cooperative Board has announced a distribution of approximately $6.9 million to 994 of its members. This action is a result of continuing growth in the Cooperative’s annual purchasing volume and membership, and brings the total amount rebated to members at just over $33.5 million since 2006. The Cooperative was created in 1998 to increase the purchasing power of government entities and to simplify their purchasing by using a customized electronic purchasing system, called the BuyBoard.

“The BuyBoard provides our member’s competitive pricing, a trusted and transparent procurement process, reduced internal costs, and superior service. With another successful year, the Cooperative continues to stay true to our commitment, while increasing in strength as it grows in members and vendors. While each dollar saved is money back in the member’s budget, seeing such a healthy return to our members truly demonstrates the power of local governments working together through collective purchasing. We benefit our members and their communities by saving money, putting it back in their budgets, and easing compliance with state purchasing laws,” said Matt Rivera, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD director of purchasing and chair of the Cooperative Board of Trustees.

“From a modest start with 40 members, the Local Government Purchasing Cooperative has grown substantially since its inception. Currently, we have a total purchasing volume exceeding $1 billion and a membership of more than 4,900 that includes school districts, colleges and universities, counties, municipalities, other local governments, and nonprofit organizations,” said Gerald Brashears, BuyBoard division director, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). “The continuing health of the Cooperative has resulted in more vendor service fees than needed to cover annual expenditures, and the Board is extremely pleased to again approve the rebates. Such a step is a direct result of the confidence members have placed in the Cooperative and their ongoing participation,” Brashears said.

The Cooperative is endorsed by the Texas Association of Counties, Texas Association of School Administrators, Texas Municipal League, and TASB. The Cooperative is also a Strategic Partner with the Texas Association of School Business Officials. Hundreds of vendors and thousands of items, from copier paper to fire trucks, are posted on the BuyBoard. “Over the years, the Cooperative has continued to expand available products and services based on member needs, resulting in significant growth in purchase orders and ever-increasing interest from local governments. The wide selection of vendors, great prices, convenience, and competitively procured goods and services will provide members increased benefits now and in the future,” Brashears said.