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Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC)

LVAIC identifies strategic sourcing and procurement opportunities that meet the common needs of our members.   LVAIC does not purchase any goods directly on behalf of the members, but rather, works in conjunction with members and suppliers to establish mutually beneficial agreements. Working together, members in the consortium can purchase goods and services collectively as a group to maximize our financial resources and operational efficiencies through effective procurement practices while leveraging our collective volume and expertise.

LVAIC institutions work together to identify or source high value opportunities for joint purchasing through membership in Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) or through LVAIC Preferred Suppliers or Contracted Vendors. By utilizing LVAIC Preferred Suppliers or Contracted Vendors, members are assured of doing business with suppliers that offer competitive pricing, consistent and proven service, and excellent performance.

E&I Cooperative Services (National Association of Education Procurement)

With over 125 competitively solicited contracts, comprehensive consulting services, and dedicated member resources, E&I helps to improve your procurement process.   Their RFP process has been validated by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) as being in compliance with generally accepted public procurement standards, including Uniform Guidance regulations. 

National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA)

NCPA utilizes state of the art procurement resources and solutions that result in cooperative purchasing contracts that ensure all public agencies, including higher ed institutions, are receiving products and services of the highest quality at the lowest prices.  

National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) / Sourcewell

Sourcewell combines the buying power of more than 50,000 government, education, and nonprofit organizations. Sourcewell holds hundreds of competitively solicited cooperative contracts ready for use.  

US Communities / OMNIA Partners

All contracts available through OMNIA Partners are competitively solicited and publicly awarded by a lead agency (government entity/educational institution), using a competitive solicitation process consistent with applicable procurement laws and regulations.