Many municipalities purchase supplies, materials, or equipment through the State of Minnesota’s Cooperative Purchasing Venture (CPV). Minnesota law requires municipalities to consider the CPV for contracts estimated to exceed $25,000. For these contracts, a municipality must “consider the availability, price and quantity of supplies, materials, or equipment available through the state’s cooperative purchasing venture before purchasing through another source.” Minn. Stat. § 471.345, subd. 15.
The Minnesota Department of Administration (MDA) oversees the CPV. More information on the CPV can be found on the MDA website at:
Date this Avoiding Pitfall was most recently published: 8/28/2015