Minnesotans Building the New Vikings Stadium

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Vikings Stadium builty by Minnesotans

The new Vikings stadium is being built for Minnesotans, by Minnesotans, mostly. About 92% of those working on the new building are Minnesotans, with the rest being mostly from Wisconsin.

Governor Dayton used the possibility of creating job opportunities for Minnesotans in his push for the public to pay for part of the stadium, and it seems this possibility has been realized.

The construction manager, Mortenson Construction, is Minnesota-based as well. This has allowed for a higher rate of Minnesota contractors on the project, 92% again. Although this rate does not include professional and technical work, such as the stadium’s design.

In addition to a high percentage of Minnesota workers, the project has also met and surpassed its equity goals of 32% minorities and 6% women. Of the total work hours on the project, 9% is done by women while 33% is done by minorities.

The beginning of projects such as these require specialized workers, often making it difficult to employ both minorities and Minnesotans. Experienced crews, typically white men, travel around the nation to kick off these large projects. These types of teams make up part of the non-Minnesotan 8%. One example of this is cranes that are currently being used on the site. They come from out-of-state and are manned by non-Minnesotans because there is no training available in the area.

As the project progresses, the work will become less specialized. This means we will likely see a growth in both Minnesotan workers and minority workers.

In addition to the Minnesota workforce, about 86% of the materials have been purchased from Minnesota businesses.

 

Photo via: Wikimedia Commons

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Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal is a student at the University of St. Thomas majoring in Communication and Journalism with a minor in Spanish. She was born in California and has lived in four states since then, finally landing in Minnesota (maybe not for good). She loves to travel and studied abroad in London and Ireland last year with another planned trip to Argentina this upcoming year. She hopes to continue her travels after graduation without the excuse of class credit. She is an avid reader who enjoys anything she can get her hands on, from literature classics to popular trilogies. She enjoys writing in all forms, contributing to not only Minnesota Connect but also St. Thomas’s student-run online news source TommieMedia and the School of Social Work’s Perspectives.

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