MnDOT FY 2022-2024 FTA DBE Goals

Principal Investigator(s):

Samuel Myers, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project summary:

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 Federal Transit Administration. As such, MnDOT is required to establish a three- year goal and submit it to the FTA 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 that 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 details:

  • Project number: 2021040
  • Start date: 02/2021
  • Project status: Active
  • Research area: Planning and Economy
  • Topics: Economics, Equity