The Pennsylvania Department of Education supported PEPPM under the leadership of John Bailey, who was then director of the department's Office of Educational Technology and now serves as director of Educational Technology at the U.S.
In just a short while, PEPPM moved into the eProcurement arena--and attracted other states to join the co-op including Colorado, California, Illinois, Minnesota aim Ohio.
According to Jim Randecker, PEPPM's director, Gateway had a sophisticated Web site where their products could be viewed and assembled in a shopping-cart fashion.
PEPPM started about 30 years ago and has gone national in the past 11 or 12 years, Randecker says, although the CSIU has never confined itself to the four counties that the state department of education charged it to serve.
According to Randecker, PEPPM serves districts of all sizes.