The simplicity of KPN membership explained with seven quick instructions
1. Start with the understanding that membership is free to a qualifying agency or institution with no strings attached.
Eligible agencies include all public government agencies, from school districts and charter schools, from cities and counties to special districts. In addition, non-public schools qualify for membership as do non-profit agencies.
2. Prepare yourself; get some information ready before you go to the registration page.
You’ll need addresses for your agency, a phone number, its website URL, and the names of people in key positions of leadership, for example, your superintendent, city manager or executive director, your buildings manager, and your IT director. If you are a school district, please also get ready with the name of your food services director and your athletic director.
3. Go to the membership page, and get ready to identify yourself as the Primary Contact for your agency. Choose a name and password for yourself; type in the contact information for other employees.
Set yourself up as the primary contact for your agency. We’ll need all your contact information.
Associate an email address with yourself and all other key contacts. All this information will be used by KPN staff to vet your application and allows our staff to contact you and others to ensure your agency is qualified for membership.
4. Accept the terms and conditions of membership.
Read this document. It establishes a relationship between your agency and the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit.
5. Wait a little while. Your agency must be vetted as a qualified, legitimate buying agency.
We’ll research your agency, compare it to our records, and verify the legitimacy of your application.
6. After you are approved, others from your agency can register on the website and then see privileged information on the KPN site for themselves.
The key contacts for your agency will be in our database. If any one of those people wants to see protected information on our website, they will need to register separately and choose a password for themselves.
7. Take advantage of your membership by browsing awarded products and services and buying immediately from bid-protected contracts.
You are now ready to use the contracts. You are on the way to a legal purchase. Contact awarded vendors for the solutions that will benefit your agency.
Sue McDermott is a accomplished staff member of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit with 27 years’ experience, bringing her capabilities to the Cooperative Purchasing Program for the last two years. Sue processes co-op membership forms and communicates with new members. She also processes invoicing and collections for KPN, and contracts for legal advertising for KPN and PEPPM. She frequently represents cooperative purchasing programs at conferences and trade shows.
ABOUT KPN, THE SOURCE FOR PIGGYBACCKABLE PURCHASING CONTRACTS USED BY LOCAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE U.S.
Ten key facts about the Keystone Purchasing Network to get you started on the path to more efficient purchasing with cooperative contracts.
ABOUT THE CENTRAL SUSQUEHANNA INTERMEDIATE UNIT, THE PUBLIC AGENCY BEHIND THE KEYSTONE PURCHASING NETWORK
Buyers interested in using KPN contracts will be interested in the legal authority of the CSIU as a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
CONTACT OUR STAFF FOR HELPFUL CUSTOMER SERVICE TO FACILITATE YOUR USE OF KPN PURCHASING CONTRACTS
Contact us. You’ll find the KPN staff is a group of experienced public sector employees, all part of the team at the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit in Milton, Pennsylvania.
THE KPN STAFF INCLUDES EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS IN PURCHASING AND CUSTOMER SERVICE SOLUTIONS
The staff behind the KPN purchasing cooperative includes leaders who have been on the leading edge of public sector purchasing and innovation for decades.
MEET WITH KPN STAFF AT A TRADE SHOW NEAR YOU; GET A PERSONAL TOUR OF PIGGYBACKABLE CONTRACTS SUITED TO YOUR AGENCY
Trade shows are a perfect environment to find solutions and build relationships. KPN makes it easy to meet in person thanks to a full calendar of tradeshows near you.
KPN’S AFFILIATION WITH AEPA LEVERAGES NATIONAL DEMAND TO ACHIEVE BETTER LOCAL PRICING
National cooperation among 26 different state purchasing agencies leads to better pricing, but AEPA still leaves awards and contracting at the local level.
OUR BID PROCESS: THE CONTRACTING PROCEDURES THAT MEET MOST STATE BIDDING LAWS
With a cooperative history going back 40 years, KPN follows strict bidding procedures to make communities throughout the U.S. comfortable using its piggybackable bids.