Understanding Manufacturers? Perspectives on Transportation in Four MnDOT Districts: An Industry Cluster Approach

Principal Investigator:

Matthew Schmit, Researcher, Humphrey School of Public Affairs


Project Summary:

This project follows work done in 2013 and 2014 in MnDOT's Districts 8 and 4 that employed a qualitative approach (in-person interviews) to obtain a better understanding of the transportation challenges and priorities faced by manufacturers and related industries in the district, and to identify and recommend potential responses to these needs from MnDOT. The proposed project will replicate the process in MnDOT's District 2. To achieve this goal, the proposed research has the following objectives: 1. To employ a Regional Industry Cluster approach to identify key industries and manufacturers in the District; 2. To work with MnDOT and Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) staff, and local Economic Development Officers to contact 125-150 specific manufacturers and freight carriers, with a goal of having at least 50 agree to in-person interviews and/or site visits to learn their transportation concerns and ideas for improvement; 3. To analyze and present the data to MnDOT and other key decision makers at various meetings and forums; and 4. To work with MnDOT and Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) staff to prepare a report that documents this process and recommendations, such that it can be replicated in other districts.


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