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TED Program

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, far right, and MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle, at podium, announce the 2015 TED grant recipients at an event in Bloomington.
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, far right, and MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle, at podium, announce the 2015 TED grant recipients at an event in Bloomington.

Established in 2010, the Transportation Economic Development Program provides competitive grants to construction projects on state highways that provide measurable economic benefits. The Minnesota Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, administers the program. DEED administers a parallel Transportation Economic Development Infrastructure (TEDI) program that funds projects on local roads and for other types of transportation. Projects may combine funding from both programs.

2017 Solicitation

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for matching funds for state highway construction projects in 2018-2020 with measurable economic benefits.

Download the Application

Funds Available

$18.4 million in trunk highway funds from MnDOT
DEED has an additional $4.2 million in general obligation bonds available through the Transportation Economic Development Infrastructure program.

Maximum Award

The maximum award provided to any one project in this solicitation will be $10 million.

Deadline to Apply

September 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Applications should be sent electronically to Kenneth.buckeye@state.mn.us.


The TED program specifically targets transportation improvements that will lead to measurable economic benefits. For a project to be eligible, it must contribute to job creation or retention or another measurable economic benefit. Eligible applicants are any governmental entity as defined by state law.
The TED program will provide funding for up to 70 percent of the total transportation infrastructure cost of the project or the state’s maximum allowable share as determined by MnDOT’s cost participation policy or MN State Statute 174.12 Subd. 7, whichever is less.

Learn more—attend an information session

A series of information sessions are scheduled for the following dates and locations:






June 13


MnDOT District 6 Office
Mississippi River East Room
2900 48th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901
(Find transit information)

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

June 15


MnDOT District 3 Office
7694 Industrial Park Rd.
Baxter, MN 56425
(Find transit information)

10:00 AM - Noon

June 16


MnDOT Waters Edge Building
Conference Rooms A-C
1500 W. County Road B-2
Roseville, MN 55113
(Find transit information)

10:30 AM - Noon

June 19


MnDOT District 7 Office
Northwoods Conf. Room
2151 Bassett Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
(Find transit information)

10:00 AM - Noon

June 20


MnDOT District 8 Office
Green Lake Conference Room
2505 Transportation Rd.
Willmar, MN 56201
(Find transit information)

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

June 21

Thief River Falls

Pennington County Joint Operations Facility (also MnDOT District 2 Office)
248 125th Ave
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
(Find transit information)

10:00 AM - Noon

June 22

Detroit Lakes

MnDOT District 4 Office
Conf. Rooms B109-B110
1000 Highway 10 West
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
(Find transit information)

10:00 AM - Noon

June 28th


MnDOT District 1 Office
1123 Mesaba Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811
(Find transit information)

10:00 AM - Noon

The info sessions will discuss the program goals, eligibility, changes to the program since the 2015 solicitation, and application procedures. Information will also be shared about the upcoming new Minnesota Highway Freight Program.