If you haven’t heard of NJPA (National Joint Powers Alliance), you’re missing out on a stress-free organization that could change the way you contract out projects. We’ve been a member since 2016, and have seen the difference it makes. Let’s go over some of the basics and get you acquainted with what they’re all about.
Who is NJPA and what is their purpose?
NJPA is a public corporation that serves as a municipal contracting agency for government and education agencies. In a nutshell, NJPA creates national cooperative contract purchasing solutions on behalf of its member agencies (you), which include all government, education, and non-profit agencies nationwide and in Canada. Eligible members include any unit of government, education (K-12 and higher ed) or non-profit agencies nationwide.
What does the process look like?
NJPA contracts establish a business to government style transaction flow. Members are encouraged to begin communications with their local dealer/representative of NJPA’s contract holder, as they are the experts in helping members determine their specific needs and thereby defining the best solution for equipment, products, and services needed. Members communicate with the vendors through contract proposals that include pricing. Members may contact NJPA to verify the awarded contract pricing and confirm contract terms and conditions. To execute a purchase, a member should issue a purchase order according to their normal organizational parameters. In addition, the member should include identifying language on the face of that purchase order such as: “This purchase order is issued pursuant to NJPA Contract #XXXXXX-AAA” which will notify the local dealer/representative of the desire and intent to use the NJPA contract that includes its pricing, terms and conditions (http://www.njpacoop.org/about-us/faqs).
What are the advantages of being a member?
- The competitive solicitation and contract process is completed and satisfied on behalf of your agency.
- National aggregation of product and equipment demand and volume resulting in aggressive and competitive pricing.
- Choice of equipment, products, and services is offered under awarded contracts featuring the highest quality solutions from industry leading and nationally acclaimed vendors.
- Members enjoy a broad range of exceptional product and equipment selections complemented by substantial time saved and other related benefits for participating agencies.
- NJPA contract solutions offer choice with the ability to continue to perform your own competitive solicitation process if you choose to do so.
- The NJPA takes the guesswork out of the equation and streamlines the process–you won’t have to personally contact multiple vendors.
NJPA strives to exceed members’ needs and expectations. In creating a contract pathway through a unified and commonly embraced contracting process, NJPA contracts are accepted by the highest level of government and education agencies across the country. NJPA increases members’ comfort by conducting complete financial audits of their organization annually through an independent auditor with the results submitted to the State of Minnesota as required by state law (http://www.njpacoop.org/about-us/faqs).
These cooperative contract opportunities offer both time and money savings for their users by consolidating the efforts of numerous individually prepared solicitations to one national, cooperatively shared process. This process leverages the aggregation of volume from members nationwide. The NJPA has evened earned accreditation from the University of Texas System: http://www.ktre.com/story/36021048/njpa-earns-ut-system-accreditation. Find more testimonials here: http://www.njpacoop.org/about-us/testimonials/
What’s the catch?
Okay, now that you’re convinced of the benefits you may be wondering: “What’s the catch” and “how much does it cost?” The answer is absolutely nothing! There is no cost, no obligation, or liability to join or participate in the NJPA Contract Purchasing program. There is no minimum contract purchasing requirements or commitments for members when opting to use NJPA contracts. Are you a part of a government, education, or non-profit agency? Over 50,000 Members are already enjoying the value of choice in purchasing. Hundreds more are joining each month, so don’t miss out on this opportunity! Become a member of the NJPA here: http://www.njpacoop.org/cooperative-purchasing/join-njpa/
We’re proud to be a trusted vendor and a part of NJPA and we look forward to building your vision in the future!
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