The Interlocal Purchasing System

The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS) is sponsored by the region VIII Education Service Center (ESC8) and is governed by the Region 8 ESC Board of Directors. The Interlocal Purchasing System is available for use by all public and private schools, colleges, universities, cities, counties, and other government entities in the state of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The Purpose of TIPS

  1. Provides quick and efficient delivery of goods and services by contracting with “high performance” vendors.
  2. State-of-the-art purchasing procedures to insure the most competitive contracts.
  3. Assists entities in maintaining the essential controls for budget and accounting purposes.
  4. Provide competitive price solicitation and bulk purchasing for multiple government entities.