Service Cooperatives are public, nonprofit membership-based organizations dedicated to providing services that help make our members successful.
Minnesota Statute §123A.21 is the enabling legislation of the service cooperatives. It defines that the service cooperative role is to provide programs and services that meet the needs of members. Cooperative purchasing is one of those programs. Membership is open to schools, cities, counties, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and other partnership agencies.
Minnesota Statute §471.345 Subdivision 15 defines how our members can purchase from the contracted vendors while staying in compliance with the competitive bidding requirements. This statute states:
“A Municipality may contract for the purchase of supplies, materials, or equipment without regard to the competitive bidding requirements of this section if the purchase is through a national municipal association’s purchasing alliance or cooperative created by a joint powers agreement that purchases items from more than one source on the basis of competitive bids or competitive quotation.”
The combination of these two statutes gives service cooperative members the ability to purchase from CPC’s contracted vendors while staying in compliance with the competitive bidding requirements.
CPC primarily serves members in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Organizations interested in leveraging CPC’s contracts with awarded vendors should confirm that they are eligible to do so before attempting to use a CPC contract. Most schools, municipalities, nonprofits, and other government agencies are able to leverage the CPC contract.
North Dakota and South Dakota Statutes
North Dakota statute §54-40.3 of the North Dakota Century Code
South Dakota statute §5-18A-37