The EPCNT is a Purchasing Cooperative organized under Chapter 271.101 of the Texas Local Government Code and Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD is the fiscal agent for this cooperative. It is made up of equal members whose entities reside within the geographical boundaries of Regions 10 and Region 11 as defined by the Texas Education Agency, have executed the necessary Interlocal Agreement and are current with annual dues of $100.00 per entity. While EPCNT is a Purchasing Cooperative, there is no agency that functions as the administrator for this cooperative. Instead, EPCNT is a contract sharing cooperative and not an administrative cooperative.
Each eligible contract used under the EPCNT umbrella is issued and awarded by one of its members. Inclusive language accepted and agreed to by each awarded vendor is what allows contracts to be shared within the legal bounds of this purchasing cooperative. Compliance with all required procurement laws is a component of each individual purchase contract and not with the EPCNT Purchasing Cooperative itself, since there is no administrative board, body or agency that operates the EPCNT. For members to utilize eligible contracts, it will be necessary to obtain all needed due diligence documentation from the awarding member entity.