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Transportation Economic Development

Submit your expression of interest for the 2022 Greater Minnesota solicitation by July 1, 2022.

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.

Maximum award

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.

Eligibility

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

Greater Minnesota is anywhere in the state outside of the seven-county metropolitan area (Hennepin, Scott, Carver, Ramsey, Dakota, Washington, and Anoka counties).

Projects

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.

Match requirement

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.

Before you apply

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:
  • 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.

Deadlines

  • Your expression of interest is due by 5 p.m. on July 1, 2022.
  • Your full application is due on Sept. 2, 2022.

After you apply

Confirmation

We'll let you know when we receive your application.

Preliminary scoring

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.

Scoring criteria

Projects must receive at least 50 points to be eligible for funding.

Criteria Points available

Economic benefits

40

Transportation benefits

35

Percentage of non-MnDOT funding

5

Project risk assessment

20

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.

Criteria Points available Basis

Job creation/retention per $1 million of project cost

20

Based on the difference between the 5 year job estimate with the project and the 5 year job estimate without the project divided by the cost of the project in millions

Income creation/ retention

20

Based on the difference between the 5 year estimate of wage income with the project and the 5 year estimate wage income without the project


Impact to targeted labor/industry

The selection committee may assign up to 5 points if the jobs created/retained are likely to benefit a low-income community, tribal community, community of color or people with disabilities.

There has to be a reasonable logic as to how the jobs would benefit those communities – pure proximity is insufficient unless the types of jobs created are matched to the skills/abilities of that community or there are established/planned job training programs to connect nearby residents to these new jobs.

Selection committee adjustments

The selection committee may adjust scores for overly speculative claims or overly conservative estimates.

Economic benefits scores can't be higher than 40 points.

Criteria Points Available Basis

Benefit-cost ratio

10

Transportation benefit-cost analysis based on crash information supplied by the applicant as well as MnDOT staff analysis following MnDOT’s standard procedure.

Plan consistency and need

25

Based on the need for the project, plan consistency and improvements for freight and multimodal transportation (see factors below)


Factors considered in assigning points for “plan consistency and need”:

  • Addresses a sustained crash location and/or a safety issue identified in a district or county safety plan
  • Score from the Greater Minnesota Mobility Study
  • Addresses a pavement or bridge condition need (conversely, points may be lowered for projects that proposed work on assets with significant remaining service life)
  • Improves access to a port, airport or intermodal facility
  • Heavy commercial truck traffic
  • Removes a geometric barrier or avoids future load restrictions on an Oversize/Overweight route
  • Addresses a flood risk
  • Includes improvements for pedestrians/Priority Areas for Walking Score (PAWS)
  • Addresses ADA issues identified in MnDOT ADA transition plan
  • Development includes complete and interconnected pedestrian network
  • Includes improvements for bicycling
  • Improves access to transit
  • Number of existing and planned EV chargers at benefiting businesses
  • Infill development
  • Project includes expanding fiberoptic coverage

Projects do not need to address all of the factors listed to receive full points.

Projects that aren't fully funded by MnDOT can receive up to 5 points. The percentage is based on estimated total transportation project cost, not just trunk highway eligible costs.

Risk category Points available Basis

Environmental Documentation

2

Based on the status of the environmental document

Right of Way

5

Based on whether right of way acquisition in needed and the status of the acquisition

Railroad Involvement

3

Based on whether the project requires a railroad right of way agreement and the status of that negotiation

Funding

10

Based on the level and status of funding for the project

As long as a project’s total score isn't over 100 points, you may receive additional points for the following:

  • Non-public funding or in-kind assistance: Based on Minnesota Statutes 174.12 Subd. 5 (3), we may award up to 5 bonus points if any of the project costs are covered by private contributions or right of way donations.
  • Geographic distribution: Based on Minnesota Statutes 174.12 Subd. 5 (6), up to 5 bonus points will be assigned to project based on the following methodology:
    • Location (municipality) has not received funding in the last two rounds of TED - 1 point
      • Location (municipality) has never received funding from TED – 1 additional point
    • Region (based on Regional Development Organization boundaries) has not received funding in the last round of TED – 1 point
      • ... in the last two rounds – 1 additional point
      • ... in the last three rounds – 1 additional point

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.

Commissioner approvals

The commissioners of both the Department of Transportation and the Department of Employment and Economic Development  review and approve the final selection decisions.


Awards

Notification

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.

Reporting requirements

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.