The city of Jackson has entered into an interlocal cooperative purchasing agreement in anticipation of buying new equipment for the fire department. The Houston-Galveston Area Council, also known as HGACBuy, is a regional council of more than 6,000 public and private entities in 49 states and uses its purchasing power to secure better value when buying items. Jackson city administrator Jim Roach says the city is a member of two other collective-purchasing groups, through which it intends to buy a fire engine in the near future. He says they will get better prices and can cut through red tape. Membership is about $400 annually. Public-services department director Diedre Vick said most of HGACBuy’s business includes buying of equipment for public-safety needs and public works. Southeast Missouri State University is listed as a member on the HGACBuy’s website client roster.