Twin Cities, February 9, 2013
Officials working on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium said it might be difficult to meet certain employee-diversity goals.
The stadium legislation signed by Gov. Mark Dayton this spring included goals from the state Legislature to have minority workers make up nearly a third of the labor force and for women to be 6 percent of the workforce.
Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen said a shortage of skilled workers in Minnesota will make it difficult to comply. But she said stadium officials will do their best to meet the goals without importing workers or companies, since the ultimate goal is to increase Minnesota jobs.
Stadium officials are encouraging training programs to prepare more workers for construction jobs.