, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
The Department of Transportation's (DOT) disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) program is an
affirmative action program designed to combat discrimination and its continuing effects by providing
contracting opportunities on Federally-funded highway, transit, and airport projects for small businesses
owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is a recipient of federal transportation dollars
awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration. As such,
MnDOT is required to establish a three-year goal and submit it to the FHWA for review. The Roy
Wilkins Center (RWC) is proposing to conduct a high quality and legally defensible approach to produce
the DBE goals by race/ethnicity and gender.
In light of the evolving and ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, reports from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce
and Federal Reserve Banks find Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBEs) are disproportionately
negatively impacted by the state-mandated lockdown policies, social distancing restrictions, and demand
shifts. Therefore, the Roy Wilkins Center will design and conduct a survey and collect data to assess the
impacts of Covid-19 on the availability of DBEs in Minnesota. The survey results will reflect and help to
identify some potentially adverse effects faced by DBEs.
- Project number: 2021039
- Start date: 02/2021
- Project status: Completed
- Research area: Planning and Economy