2022 Greater Minnesota TED Solicitation
Our Transportation Economic Development (TED) program is a competitive funding program designed to help generate economic benefits through investment in transportation infrastructure. Under this solicitation, We have $2 million to help fund construction projects in calendar years 2023 and 2024. You can use TED program funds only on trunk highway eligible projects.
We'll fund up to 70% of the total transportation infrastructure cost of the project or the state’s maximum allowable share as determined by our cost participation policy or Minnesota State Statute 174.12 Subd. 7, whichever is less.
Cities, counties, tribes and other government entities in Greater Minnesota can apply for funds for transportation infrastructure projects on state highways that support economic development.
Greater Minnesota is anywhere in the state outside of the seven-county metropolitan area (Hennepin, Scott, Carver, Ramsey, Dakota, Washington, and Anoka counties).
Your proposed project must have a trunk highway purpose. It must improve, enhance or modify a state trunk highway or highway right of way. Your project may do more than improve the trunk highway, but this program can fund work only on the trunk highway and trunk highway right of way as specified in our Cost Participation Policy for Cooperative Construction Agreements.
New or modified interchanges on interstates
If you want to submit an application for new or modified interchanges on interstates, you should consult with the Federal Highway Administration Minnesota division before you submit a TED application.
Measurable economic benefits
This program is for improvements that lead to measurable economic benefits. Your project must contribute to job creation, job retention or another measurable economic benefit. Housing development cannot be the primary beneficiary of the project.
You must identify other funding sources that will contribute to the transportation construction cost of your project. We encourage you to consult with your MnDOT district office to determine appropriate cost share estimates.
Preparing your application
- Once we receive your expression of interest, we'll work with you to review the project and collect all necessary information through our application by 5 p.m. on Sept. 2, 2022.
- We encourage you to work with local port authorities, economic development authorities, housing and redevelopment authorities and other agencies that specialize in economic development.
- Prepare the following required attachments:
- An economic impact spreadsheet
- A resolution indicating the governing body’s approval of this application and commitment of the match funding identified in the application
- A map showing the project location and the locations of affected businesses
- A project layout or conceptual drawing
- Optional attachments:
- Letters of commitment from the new or expanding businesses
- Evidence of community support
- Documentation indicating project is consistent with all applicable comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, etc.
- Your full application is due on Sept. 2, 2022.
After you apply
We'll let you know when we receive your application.
We'll review your project and provide comments. We may also ask metropolitan planning organizations and/or regional development organizations for feedback. We'll analyze your application and assign a preliminary score.
Projects must receive at least 50 points to be eligible for funding.
Percentage of non-MnDOT funding
Project risk assessment
We may award extra points if you include contributions from non-public sources or if the project advances the geographic distribution objectives in Minnesota State Statute 174.12. Total scores can't be higher than 100 points.
Selection committee review and initial recommendation
A selection committee reviews the preliminary scores, and may adjust the scores based on their professional judgement and insights. Projects must receive at least 50 points to be eligible for funding. The committee makes an initial funding recommendation.
TED selection committee
- DEED staff
- MnDOT Operations Division staff
- MnDOT State Aid staff
- Representatives from the following MnDOT offices:
- Financial Management
- Project Management & Technical Support
- Transportation System Management
Transportation Programming and Investment Committee review
Our Transportation Programming and Investment Committee hears a presentation of the selection committees recommendations and makes a recommendation to the MnDOT and DEED Commissioners.
The commissioners of both the Department of Transportation and the Department of Employment and Economic Development review and approve the final selection decisions.
We'll notify you with the decisions and we'll publish final scores.
Monitoring project status
After funding awards are announced, we'll monitor the project to ensure progress and program compliance, and work with you to develop final cost-share agreements.
If awarded funds, you'll need to submit annual reports beginning one year after construction is complete for up to five years after construction. If you fail to demonstrate adequate progress during the project’s pre-development phase, we may withdraw funding and allocate that funding to another project.
Deadline for use of funds
Projects must begin construction by the end of calendar year 2024, unless an extension is requested in writing and approved by MnDOT.
After projects are selected for funding, we'll continue to work closely with you to ensure that project pre-development activities such as project financing, right-of-way acquisition and environmental permitting proceed on schedule. Final cost sharing agreements will be completed based on an analysis of project elements and the MnDOT cost participation policy. This analysis could change the amount of the grant awarded.