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MnDOT to offer workshop for military veterans

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be holding a special workshop on Jan. 31 in St. Paul to help veteran-owned businesses become eligible to bid on state construction projects, Minnesota Public Radio reports. The workshop is free, but attendees are encouraged to register.

"The veterans that I've spoken with over the last nine months on this project have really impressed me as go-getters," Veterans outreach contractor Alan Duff said, "as ones that want to work in the marketplace and provide the value-added expertise and skills that they have to offer to the marketplace."

"MnDOT contracted out more than $200 million in state-construction projects in 2012 that included veteran-owned small businesses," Alex Tittle, deputy director of MnDOT’s Office of Civil Rights, said in a news release. “This project provides the state with a tangible way to thank military veterans for their sacrifice and help improve employment conditions for veterans across Minnesota.”

Last summer, MPR reported the number of veteran-owned firms eligible to bid on MnDOT contracts had fallen to less than three dozen.

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