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Grand Rapids Public Schools joins the MITN Purchasing Group

Registered vendors can access bids, related documents, addendum and award information.

Grand Rapids Public Schools has officially joined the MITN Purchasing Group, one of Bidnet Direct’s regional e-procurement solutions, providing vendors throughout Michigan easy online access to its upcoming solicitations. Grand Rapids Public Schools invites all vendors to register online at

The regional purchasing group connects local public agencies with vendors looking to do business with the government. Registered vendors of the MITN Purchasing Group can gain access to a variety of bid opportunities throughout Michigan in one easy-to-use location. By posting upcoming bids and RFPs on the MITN Purchasing Group, Grand Rapids Public Schools ensures an entire community of vendors can view their solicitation, download documents, and receive notification of addenda, helping to streamline their procurement process.

“Through the MITN Purchasing Group we now have more vendors submitting bids for our items or services. The more bids we get, the better the chances are that we will be able to get fair pricing and reliable work from our vendors. Participating with the MITN Purchasing Group allows us to post our bids and reach more vendors, which then creates more competition for the bid process,” said Diane Liggins, Director of Purchasing of Grand Rapids Public Schools when asked why their department decided to join the MITN Purchasing Group.

Grand Rapids Public Schools invites all local vendors to visit and register to receive access to its upcoming solicitations as well as the upcoming bids and RFPs from 284 other public agencies participating on the MITN Purchasing Group. Registered vendors have the option to upgrade their service to receive customized bid alerts, notification of term contract expiration, and notification of a real-time addendum.

About Grand Rapids Public Schools:

The Grand Rapids Public Schools is a public school district serving Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) is Michigan’s eighth largest public school district. It is also the third-largest employer in the City of Grand Rapids. GRPS serves nearly 14,557 students with 2,700 employees, including 1,400 teachers. The student population represents 55 countries with 54 different languages spoken, creating a diverse educational experience.

About Bidnet Direct:

Bidnet Direct, powered by mdf commerce, is a sourcing solution of regional purchasing groups available at no cost to local government agencies throughout the country. Bidnet Direct runs regional purchasing groups, including the MITN Purchasing Group, across all 50 states that are used by over 1,600 local governments. To learn more and have your government agency gain better transparency and efficiency in purchasing, please visit

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