The Alliance Welcomes a New Partner, National Joint Powers Association

National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA) partners with local, regional, and national education, government, and nonprofits to boost student and community success.

ARTICLE | Nov 6, 2017

Within its home region of central Minnesota, NJPA supports local governments and schools across a five-county area, comprised of some of the highest poverty-stricken counties in the state.

Throughout the U.S., and Canada, NJPA offers an innovative cooperative purchasing program. On behalf of its 50,000 public entity members, NJPA conducts competitive solicitations, awarding to the most responsive and responsible vendors at the manufacturer level. Members can purchase off these contracts through their local dealers, streamlining the procurement process, saving time, energy, and money while shopping local.

The NJPA Director of Regional Programs, Paul Drange, says the goals and mission for NJPA and the Alliance for Innovation align in such a way that an official partnership makes sense.

“We exist to serve public entities and are dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that help our members work more efficiently,” Drange said. “NJPA is passionate about continuous improvement and enhancing processes. We are excited to partner with the Alliance for Innovation and look forward to collaborating with the organization’s members, affiliates, and other corporate partners.”

Karen Thoreson, Alliance CEO/President, welcomes NJPA by noting that the pre-Partnership discussion revealed an organization that is dedicated to serving members with an entrepreneurial approach. “NJPA doesn’t hesitate to explore new, innovative services that deliver value and impact to its members. Their cooperative purchasing program began in a five-county space and was so successful it easily expanded to a national market. We anticipate seeing more services and models emerge from NJPA with replicable, scalable solutions that Alliance members can utilize.”

NJPA membership is free. Visit to learn more and see all documentation of the 200+ awarded vendor contracts.

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