National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) is a public service agency that is committed to providing cooperative solutions that assist government, education, and non-profit entities as they strive for efficient public service. NJPA was created in 1978 by Minnesota Statue 123A.21, Subdivision 1 as one of Minnesota's nine service cooperatives, providing services for members on a national scale, including Canada. As a core offering, NJPA provides effective and efficient cooperative contract purchasing solutions. Serving over 50,000 member agencies, NJPA utilizes its nationally leveraged purchasing power to solicit competitive contracts which offer aggressive pricing for high quality products, equipment, and services delivered through a national, world class vendor community. Contract purchasing volume approached $1.5 billion dollars last year, demonstrating the value and embracement of our contracts by both member agencies and the business community. Regionally, NJPA creates and sustains programming and partnerships as a leading provider of innovative and trusted solutions for education and government in Region 5.