Delivering value with cooperative purchasing and programming support.


National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) places a priority on providing high quality support to schools, by listening to their needs, analyzing regional school data, and staying knowledgable about national research trends in highly effective practices.

NJPA_cmyk_for-print-300x119NJPA is one of the leading cooperative purchasing agencies in the nation, with cooperative purchasing its flagship service. NJPA helps its members maximize efficiency by leveraging the agency’s large purchasing power to solicit competitive contracts for high-quality equipment, goods, and services. Membership is free.

Over 50,000 NJPA member agencies have the option to avoid duplication of the competitive process by taking advantage of contracts competitively awarded by NJPA. The success of this flagship service allows NJPA to reinvest in the communities they serve, with customized programs and services.

Regionally, NJPA creates and sustains programming and partnerships as the leading provider of innovative and trusted solutions for education and government in Region 5 (Cass, Wadena, Todd, Crow Wing, & Morrison County).

NJPA partners with Region 5 schools to provide services in professional development through relevant trainings and consulting services for administrators, teachers, and staff. Training and consulting/coaching sessions include such topics as:

  • Systems planning
  • Leadership
  • Instructional & peer coaching
  • Professional learning communities
  • Curriculum
  • Data
  • Assessment
  • Effective instruction and intervention
  • Technology

NJPA was created in 1978 by Minnesota Statue 123A.21, Subdivision 1 as one of Minnesota’s nine service cooperatives and offers a variety of cooperative programs and services for members on a local, statewide, and national scale, including Canada.

NJPA is a public service agency that is committed to providing cooperative solutions that assist government, education, and nonprofit entities that strive for efficient public service.On behalf of locally elected Board of Directors and public employee staff, NJPA aims to meet and exceed the expectations of its members. To find out more, visit