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August 11, 2021

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This release was updated on Aug. 13, 2021, to change the proposed FHWA goal to 12.59 percent from 11.27 percent.

MnDOT seeks input on proposed goals for disadvantaged businesses

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites public comment on the proposed statewide goals for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation in highway and transit contracts for federal fiscal years 2022-2024.

The DBE program is an affirmative action program intended to level the playing field by providing contracting opportunities for small businesses that are owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

MnDOT is required by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration to set statewide goals for disadvantaged business participation in federally funded projects over the next three years. The proposed FHWA goal is 12.59 percent and the proposed FTA goal is 6.27 percent on all U.S. Department of Transportation-assisted contracts.  

Two virtual public hearings are scheduled on the following dates to discuss the goals and methodology and receive public comment:

  • Aug. 17, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Aug. 18, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The statewide goals and executive summary are available for public inspection until Sept. 9, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, 395 John Ireland Blvd, St. Paul, Minn. The documents can also be found online at mndot.gov/civilrights/small-business-program-information.html. Public comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m., Sept. 9, 2021.

Written comments can be submitted to:

Attn: Sean Skibbie, Interim Director


Minnesota Department of Transportation
Office of Civil Rights
Attn: Sean Skibbie, Interim Director
395 John Ireland Blvd, M.S. 170
St. Paul, MN 55155

MnDOT invites and encourages participation by all. If you need an ASL, a foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, or need documents in an alternative format (such as Braille or large print) for this email or event, please email your request to Janet Miller at ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us or call 651-366-4720.