Authority sets goals for women- and minority-owned businesses in Vikings stadium design

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says it has adopted a plan for the hiring of women- and minority-owned businesses to work on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium design.

HKS Sport & Entertainment has the design services contract for more than $32 million. The Authority’s goal is 11 percent women- and 8 percent minority-owned businesses for the design, which means that “women owned businesses have the potential to bid for $3.5 million in new business, and minority owned businesses could bid on $2.7 million,” the authority said in a statement.

Said Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen:

“This plan provides the legal framework for how HKS can achieve these goals, and they have been working with the draft plan since they came on board.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Roger Clegg on 11/19/2012 - 02:24 pm.

    Don’t discriminate — against ANYONE!

    What authority does the Authority have for this: Why do race, ethnicity, and sex need to be considered at all in deciding who gets awarded a contract? It’s good to make sure contracting programs are open to all, that bidding opportunities are widely publicized beforehand, and that no one gets discriminated against because of skin color, national origin, or sex. But that means no preferences because of skin color, etc. either–whether it’s labeled a “set-aside,” a “quota,” or a “goal,” since they all end up amounting to the same thing. Such discrimination is unfair and divisive; it breeds corruption and otherwise costs the taxpayers and businesses money to award a contract to someone other than the lowest bidder; and it’s almost always illegal—indeed, unconstitutional—to boot (see 42 U.S.C. section 1981 and this model brief: ). Those who insist on engaging in such discrimination deserve to be sued, and they will lose.

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