The Purchasing Association of Cooperative Entities (PACE) is designed to give its members additional awarded contract tools to assist their entities in meeting bidding requirements, saving valuable staff resources. PACE finds vendors to assist members in meeting their operation goals and save funds when obtaining best value supplies.
PACE was created by Education Service Center, Region 13 in Austin, Texas and Education Service Center, Region 20 in San Antonio, Texas. PACE is administered by Education Service Center, Region 20. Education Service Center, Region 20 was established by the Texas Legislature in 1967 to assist school districts and charter schools in improving efficiencies and student performance. Region education service centers are non-regulatory, intermediate education units. Texas Education Code, Chapter 8, gives each school district the opportunity to voluntarily be served by and participate with a regional educational service center.
PACE welcomes public and government entities, including cities, counties, independent school districts, higher education institutions, non-profit agencies, political subdivisions, and others.
Why Should I Join?
- Provides government agencies opportunities for greater efficiency and economy in acquiring goods and services
- Takes advantage of state-of-the-art purchasing procedures to insure the most competitive contracts
- Provides competitive price solicitation and bulk purchasing for multiple government agencies that yield economic benefits unobtainable by the individual entity
- Provides quick and efficient delivery of goods and services by contracting with high performance vendors
- Equalizes purchasing power for smaller agencies that are unable to command the best contracts due to size limitations
- Maintains credibility and confidence in business procedures by maintaining open competition for purchases and by complying with purchasing laws and ethical business practices