Minn. Stat. 116J.436
The Transportation Economic Development Infrastructure (TEDI) program is created to foster interagency coordination between the Departments of Transportation and Employment and Economic Development to finance infrastructure to create economic development opportunities, jobs, and improve all types of transportation systems statewide.
Funds appropriated for the program must be used to fund predesign, design, acquisition of land, construction, reconstruction, and infrastructure improvements that will promote economic development, increase employment, and improve transportation systems to accommodate private investment and job creation.
Money in the program shall not be used on trunk highway improvements, but can be used for needed infrastructure improvements and nontrunk highway improvements in coordination with trunk highway improvement projects undertaken by the Department of Transportation.
Eligible Applicants for the Transportation Economic Development Infrastructure (TEDI) Program are local units of government.
DEED provides funds as a grant.
August 27, 2021
The Department of Transportation has $20 million available for trunk highway costs. Those funds and funding are coordinated with the TEDI program. The MnDOT Transportation Economic Development program (TED) funds are awarded through a separate application.
There are no funding limits for proposals requesting funds from the TEDI Program. Larger levels of funding may be requested if there is job creation, local tax base increase and other factors that warrant the increased funding amount.
There is no match requirement, however major components of scoring in the competitive process are the level of private investment and the leverage of nonstate funds. Applications with little or no leverage will likely be uncompetitive.
A local governmental unit's resolution certifying that the match being pledged in the application is in place is required. A sample resolution is attached.
The TEDI Program applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Please note, an application must receive a minimum of 50 points in order to be eligible for funding.
The most competitive applications are those that can demonstrate within their request the following:
When requesting payments, grantees can only request up to the percentage of funds that matches the percentage of TEDI funding in the project. Supporting documentation (including invoices and canceled checks) for all incurred costs (including the required match) must be included with each pay request in order for DEED to process payment. DEED will only reimburse for completed work that has been paid for by the grantee.
Projects should be completed within three (3) years of execution of the funding agreement, unless an extension is requested by the awarded community in writing and approved by DEED. If the project has not proceeded in a timely manner (i.e. within six (6) months of scheduled construction start date), DEED has the authority to cancel the award.
Please submit one original and one hard copy of the application to DEED, the approving authority. No emailed or faxed applications will be accepted.
The tentative schedule for selecting projects will be as follows:
DEED will provide each grantee with the necessary annual reporting documents. Reports must be provided to DEED upon request.
Eligible applicants must submit two hard copies of the application to be considered for funding to the address listed below.
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, 1st National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200, St. Paul, MN 55101 Attn: Jeremy LaCroix
**The expected DEED Headquarters move from the First National Bank Building has been delayed and we expect to still be in the First National Bank Building through at least August 27, 2021. Please confirm prior to mailing or delivering your application that the address provided is correct. Also, please confirm after 8/27/21 that your application was received. Thank you for your understanding in this time of transition.
Applications must be received by DEED by 4:00 pm on August 27, 2021. No faxes or emails will be accepted.
Eligible Applicants may apply for assistance from the TEDI Grant Program using the TEDI Application if they have an Eligible Project.
DEED, with the assistance of MnDOT, shall analyze all applications and base their funding decision on the information provided within each application. There may be instances when staff will require additional information prior to making a funding decision.
Please do not submit Program Concept and Application Instructions with your application.
Please answer all questions. Failure to do so will affect application scoring.
If the proposal submitted is not eligible for DEED's funding, DEED may recommend alternative funding resources.