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National Joint Powers Alliance Is Now Sourcewell

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National Joint Powers Alliance is now Sourcewell
Self-funded Minnesota government purchasing cooperative positions itself for future growth.


STAPLES, Minn. (13 June 2018) -- National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) has announced the launch of its new brand name, Sourcewell, to better reflect its purpose and to position itself for ongoing local and national growth. Founded as an Educational Cooperative Service Unit (ECSU) for its five-county region in 1978, the organization's core focus on education and schools has continued as it has expanded to serve other government entities and nonprofits in Minnesota and across the country.

This year, as it celebrates its 40th anniversary, Sourcewell is a $3 billion self-funded agency, making it the largest government purchasing cooperative of its kind in the country. Its nearly 20-percent increase in contract purchasing volume in 2017 translated to continued reinvestments in its member communities. Dr. Chad Coauette, executive director and chief executive officer of Sourcewell, anticipates that the organization’s contract purchasing volume will triple over the next five years, all of which will be dedicated to the public service work of its members.

“Our story is a true win-win-win for our members, our service providers, and the community members where we serve,” says Coauette.

In a world filled with acronyms, the name Sourcewell stands out and begins to describe the organization’s purpose and mission. The name change also better positions the organization for future growth. For members, vendors, and partners the name change is the only change. Sourcewell's mission, vision, values, and nationwide cooperative purchasing program remain the same.

Created as a purpose-driven agency, Sourcewell is government serving government, unlike almost all other cooperatives. Sourcewell’s value to its members begins with its vetting and establishment of partnerships with hundreds of national manufacturers and service industries. Schools, other government agencies, and nonprofits who are members of Sourcewell are then able to make purchases from these approved partners, saving them valuable time in the procurement process.

In addition, members save money because of the purchasing scale advantage they gain from being part of the cooperative. Whether purchasing buses or school food in districts across the country, supporting the shift to a municipal waste service in Alabama or the conversion to hybrid/electric vehicles in California, Sourcewell’s more than 32,000 members benefit from a breadth of support and services. Currently, 96% of the organization's members are from states outside Minnesota, including New York, Texas, Alabama, and California.

Sourcewell’s proven business model of service will drive ongoing community reinvestment. Money saved at the local level allows members to contribute a greater percentage of their operating funds to the true purpose of their institutions.

“Our ability to bring such diverse resources to our members in a cooperative purchasing structure reflects our commitment to be a trusted partner and the best solution source, as reflected by our new name,” says Coauette.

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Sourcewell Contract Awarded to Global Environmental Products, Inc.

Sourcewell Contract#: 122017-GEP
Category: Roadway Maintenance, Asphalt, Snow & Ice


We sell our Products and Services through a network of indendent distributors in the USA and Canada. It is very important to us that Our Customers have the ability to customize their sweepers to best suit their needs. Streamlining the procurement system and simply making it less time-consuming to purchase, we have teamed up with Sourcewell. At its core, Sourcewell is a Member-driven service cooperative that is designed to help municipalities, state agencies and non-profit organizations purchase all equipment covered by its contracts without going out to bid.

With over 50,000 Members, Sourcewell is established as a public agency serving our member agencies across the United States and Canada as a municipal contracting agency. Sourcewell operates under the enabling authority of Minnesota Statute 123A.21. This statute was created in 1976 to serve education entities and revised in 1995 to allow cities, counties, local governments and non-profits to benefit from the use of service cooperatives.

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When making a decision as whether to consider a purchase through Sorcewell® please consider the following:

  • Sourcewell is a government entity
  • Sourcewell staff are public employees
  • No-cost, liability or obligation membership
  • National leverage Volume pricing
  • Saves Time and Money

Sourcewell contract 093021-GEP gives access to the following types of goods and services:

  • Road Street Sweepers
  • Airport Street Sweepers
  • Runway Street Sweepers
  • Vacuum Street Sweepers
  • Compact Street Sweepers
  • Regenerative Air Street Sweepers
  • Electric, Plug-In, Class 7 Street Sweepers
  • Holder & Karcher Equipment
  • Hybrid, Plug-In, Class 7 Street Sweepers


Contract#:  093021-GEP
Category: Road and Airports/Street Cleaning
Maturity Date: 11/16/2025

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