The history of KPN going back to 1974 demonstrates pioneering best practices for cooperative purchasing

The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) initiated its cooperative purchasing program in 1974. While many cooperatives have arrived on the scene recently, CSIU’s was a pioneer in promoting the benefits of agencies working together to streamline their purchasing more than forty years ago.

Created as the Pennsylvania Education Joint Purchasing Council (PAEJPC), the program offered area members opportunities to save on basic supplies. In the ensuing years, the PAEJPC expanded membership to allow statewide entities throughout Pennsylvania the opportunity to utilize our contracts and take advantage of best procurement practices.

In 2000, PAEJPC became a member of the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA) and was one of the founding agencies. Through this partnership, the PAEJPC could offer members additional commodities in Pennsylvania and neighboring states.

These programs and their successes were the building blocks for the national program that we offer today, known as The Keystone Purchasing Network (KPN).

Now agencies in 43 states use KPN contracts to save time and money in procurement while using a fully legal and valid contracting procedure.

Jeff Kimball has been the leader and innovator of KPN since 1987. As director of cooperative purchasing for the CSIU, Jeff has overseen the growth of KPN from a regional cooperative to a national cooperative. He is active in the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials and has been a thought leader in procurement with the Association of School Business Officials International. In addition, he was a founding member of the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies, which has now grown to include 26 state cooperative agencies. He serves on the board of directors of AEPA and also heads the association’s nationwide bidding initiatives. Closer to home, Jeff is also active in his community, serving with volunteer stints for local events and the Kiwanis Club.

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