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The National Joint Powers Alliance┬« (NJPA) is by statute a Minnesota Service Cooperative. Our Alliance is governed by eight publicly elected government officials that serve as the NJPA Board of Directors. Our enabling legislation, M.S. 123A.21, challenges us to serve all school districts, cities, counties and other government agencies or units, including non-public schools and other partnership agencies or organizations as defined in M.S. 471.59, Minnesota’s Joint Exercise of Powers Statute. Governmental Units, under this section, includes every city, county, town, school district, or other political subdivision of this or another state, another state, any agency of this state or the United States, and includes any instrumentality of a governmental unit. Through the combined purchasing power of all of NJPA’s qualifying members, we determine their needs and then we competitively bid products and services on their behalf. These contracts are then available to our members under their Uniform Municipal Contracting Law, which in Minnesota is M.S. 471.345. This statute, under Subdivision 15, allows our members to purchase off of our nationally bid contracts without regard to their competitive bidding requirements because the purchase is through a national association’s purchasing alliance. NJPA’s members are asked to sign a joint powers agreement which then makes all of this possible.

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