The Minnesota Department of Transportation honored 10 transportation partners who train, hire and mentor workforce participants and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises at a recognition event held Nov. 7 in St. Paul. 

Participants included community-based training organizations, prime contractors, small business resource centers, unions, small businesses and workforce participants. The event acknowledged the efforts throughout the state to diversify MnDOT’s construction and maintenance projects, according to Kim Collins, director, MnDOT Office of Civil Rights.

“The State of Minnesota and MnDOT are committed to advancing equity through the use of negotiated contracts, training the workforce for construction careers, and expanding opportunities for small businesses in the planning phases of road and bridge projects,” said Collins. “With help from our transportation partners, we also have exceeded agency goals for increased minorities and women joining the construction workforce.”

From 2016-2018, MnDOT increased diversity in its contractor workforce from 14.5 percent to 18.1 percent for minorities, and from 5.5 percent to 6.1 percent for women.

Those honored were Tim Farrell, Isaiah, Joelynne Hanson, HanSon Custom Crushing, Inc., and Association of Women Contractors, Yolanda McIntosh, Lunda Construction, Norma Miller, Minneapolis Urban League, Craig Hanson, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe/Tribal Council, Brian Farmer, Cement Masons, Plasterers and Shophands JATC Local 633, Jamie Theis, J.L. Theis, Inc., J.D. Pride, Pride Cleanup, LLC, Sirish Samba, Sambatek, Inc. and Mel Reeves, HIRE Minnesota.

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