Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Committed to equality in transportation service

Post-letting (bid results)

MnDOT’s commitment to ensuring equity in transportation extends to all aspects of the highway construction process from bidding to building. This means contractors’ responsibility to create equal employment opportunities doesn’t end once the final bid results are posted. 

Specifically, all apparent low bidders (ALBs) on highway construction projects must be aware that the following contractual requirements may apply:

  1. On-the-Job Training: Review Special Provisions, Division S, of the proposal to determine if the project has an on-the-job training goal;
  2. Tribal Employment: Review the Special Provisions Relating to Indian Employment in the proposal to determine if there are tribal employment requirements; and
  3. Workforce plan: Submit a workforce plan if the apparent low bid is $5 million or more.

On-the-Job Training (OJT)

The OJT program assists in creating a diverse workforce through training people of color, women and disadvantaged people in highway heavy construction trades.

If there is an OJT goal, the ALB must submit the OJT Program Proposal (PDF) within five business days of the letting date.

For questions, contact the OJT Coordinator (PDF).

Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO)

MnDOT works collaboratively with tribal governments to ensure maximization of employment opportunities for the state’s American Indian population.

If there are tribal employment requirements, the ALB must work with the local Tribal Employment contact (PDF) to ensure compliance.

For questions, contact the Contract Compliance Specialist assigned to the region (PDF).

Workforce Plan

Workforce plans help contractors reach workforce employment goals for women and people of color on highway construction projects. These goals, established by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, are intended to:

  • Reduce employment barriers
  • Respond to demographic shifts
  • Ready the state for a looming workforce shortage

If the apparent low bid is $5 million or more, the ALB must complete a Workforce Plan within five business days of the letting date.

To learn more about this process, please watch the following video presentation:

Workforce plans by region

Since the workforce goals vary across the state, regional templates with the specific workforce goals are available below.

To determine the assigned county, refer to the first two digits of the project number. For projects spanning more than one county, the workforce participation goals of the assigned county apply.

In the drop down box, select the county location of the project, then click “Go.”

For questions, contact the Contract Compliance Specialist assigned to the region (PDF).

Two-County Metro

Counties: Hennepin, Ramsey

Workforce Employment Goals - Women: 20%
Workforce Employment Goals - People of Color: 22%

Five-County Metro

Counties: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Scott, Washington

Workforce Employment Goals - Women: 15%
Workforce Employment Goals - People of Color: 22%

Central

Counties: Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Pine, Renville, Sherburne, Stearns, Wright

Workforce Employment Goals - Women: 12%
Workforce Employment Goals - People of Color: 15%

Southwest

Counties: Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Sibley, Swift, Waseca, Watonwan, Yellow Medicine

Workforce Employment Goals - Women: 9%
Workforce Employment Goals - People of Color: 15%

Southeast

Counties: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmstead, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Winona

Workforce Employment Goals - Women: 9%
Workforce Employment Goals - People of Color: 15%

Northwest

Counties: Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Morrison, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin

Workforce Employment Goals - Women: 9%
Workforce Employment Goals - People of Color: 12%

Northeast

Counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis

Workforce Employment Goals - Women: 9%
Workforce Employment Goals - People of Color: 12%