Understanding Manufacturers' Perspectives on Transportation in MnDOT District 3: An Industry Cluster Approach

Principal Investigator:

Lee Munnich, Senior Fellow, SLPP, Humphrey School of Public Affairs


  • Frank Douma, Director, SLPP, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project Summary:

This project follows work done 2013 through 2019 in MnDOT's Districts 8, 4, 2, 1, 6, and 7 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 District 3. 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 assist MnDOT and its project management consultant in meeting a goal of conducting in person interviews and/or site visits at 140-150 businesses in District 3, to learn their transportation concerns and ideas for improvement; and if needed, recruit local Economic Development Officers approximately 250 specific manufacturers and freight carriers, 3. To analyze and present the data to MnDOT and other stakeholders at various meetings and forums; and 4. To work with MnDOT and other consultants as they prepare a report that documents this process and recommendations, and contribute to relevant sections of that report.


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