Understanding How the Disparate Effects of COVID-19 are Affecting MnDOT’s Efforts at Equitable Contracting

COVID-19 has known disparate affects. There have been both racial disparities and gender disparities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, and it will continue to affect our economy in ways that are still unknown. MnDOT is a significant economic engine. Through its direct contracting and in partnership with local governments, over $3 billion is spent every year. Minnesota’s Department of Transportation (MnDOT) contracting and purchasing has known disparities with underlying causes that include systemic and historical oppression. It has tried to correct these through its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and other programs. This study will explore the intersection of the disparate effect of COVID-19 and the efforts by MnDOT to reduce disparities with an intention to help prepare MnDOT to work effectively with DBEs in the months ahead.


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    • Status: Inactive
    • Funding: $49360
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Minnesota Department of Transportation

      395 John Ireland Boulevard
      St Paul, MN  United States  55155
    • Performing Organizations:

      The Improve Group

      661 LaSalle Street, Suite 300
      St. Paul, MN  United States  55114
    • Start Date: 20201112
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210831
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01757757
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Minnesota Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 1044724
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Nov 13 2020 2:00PM