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HCDE Combines Purchasing,Food,Facility Co-ps to Become Choice Partners Cooperative

HCDE combines purchasing, food, facility co-ops to become ‘Choice Partners Cooperative’ at www.choicepartners.org

Competitively bid contracts save members time, money on bidding, purchases

Harris County Department of Education’s three procurement cooperatives have been combined into Choice Partners Cooperative. Choice Facility Partners, the HCDE Purchasing Cooperative and the Gulf Coast Food Co-op will merge and be housed together at HCDE’s 6005 Westview Dr., Houston office, under the direction of Executive Director Les Hooper.

Combining the contract procurement services for facilities, food, supplies and services will optimize HCDE processes and make it easier for client members to find the contracts they need. Choice Partners will provide shared services solutions to governmental entities, including school districts, private and charter schools, colleges and universities, municipalities, counties and nonprofits.

“Cooperative purchasing contracts are win-win-win,” said Hooper. “Our members benefit from the time and leveraged cost savings in procurement, our vendors benefit by having an awarded contract that has been competitively procured, and the cooperative wins by receiving a small percentage for their work in bidding, awarding and managing the contract.”

“I really believe this is going to improve our ability to serve our clients,” said John Sawyer, HCDE county superintendent.

During the transition to the new combined cooperative effort, members can continue to save money by accessing contracts for choice facilities at www.ChoiceFacilityPartners.org, for choice food at www.GulfCoastFoodCo-op.org and for choice supplies at www.HCDEPurchasingCooperative.org.

About Choice Partners:
Choice Partners Cooperative offers quality, legal procurement and contract solutions to meet the purchasing needs of governmental entities. Contracts are competitively bid so governmental entities can act immediately to access the contract they need, saving time and money on the bidding process and purchase. Choice Partners includes:

• Choice facilities planning and facility contracts to meet needs for remediation, renovation and remodeling. For more information, call 877-696-2122.

• Choice supplies and service contracts, including a unique school supply catalog. For more information, call 866-696-8241.

• Choice food contracts for bread, dairy, grocery, produce and cleaning/ware washing products. For more information, call 713-696-0742.

For more information go to www.choicepartners.org.

About HCDE:
Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 26 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, and Head Start programs. We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at www.hcde-texas.org.

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Contact:
Carol E. Vaughn,
Communications/Media Relations Manager
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd., Houston TX 77022
713-696-0756 office,
281-660-9205 cell,
281-744-4303 Blackberry
www.hcde-texas.org

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