The Rural Northern Michigan Consortium sent out the following message concerning Activity Four.
We are pleased to announce that the 22i Device Purchase Pilot program is nearly ready to launch. In preparation for the launching of the State Purchasing Online Tool (SPOT) on Monday March 18, please complete the survey below ASAP to create authorized users in this new system. Districts should have a single authorized SPOT user to ensure accurate district wide forecasting and purchasing.
(the long link is here - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18TP0GFns1we2jXM7QbAOC5ZT9JS26GTrPLPz263cBeg/viewform)
In order to ensure that users are created in time to complete the forecasting, please complete this survey by March 26th.
Device technical specifications will be available inside the SPOT tool by Monday, March 18, and also will be on the REMC Save bid site under Customer Center Resources.
Once users are created, districts and charter schools will be able to use the SPOT tool to indicate their anticipated (non-binding) purchase volume of each device. This information will be collected from 3/18/13 until 3/29/13. The aggregate totals will then be shared with our prospective vendors to help drive pricing based on projected sales. Bids will be received, analyzed, and awarded by May 21.
After bids are awarded, districts will be asked to complete their purchases through the SPOT tool from 6/1/13 through 7/31/13, for delivery no later than 8/30/13.
There will be up to $5M in incentive payments available after all purchases have been completed statewide, up to a maximum of $100 per device purchased. Specific incentive amounts will not be available until all purchasing under this program is complete.
This purchasing program is open to all districts and charter schools in the state. The incentives will only be available to those that are participating in the 22i Tech Readiness Infrastructure Grant and that purchase devices through this bid.
Questions about accessing the SPOT tool or completing the survey can be directed to
Rural Northern Michigan Consortium