Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday




Division Announcements

2nd Annual Contractor Training

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 We are pleased to invite you to the training materials from the 2nd Annual Contractor Training. 

Training Resource Materials

The training session was held on Thursday, July 16th 2015 at the University of Minnesota
Urban Research and Outreach Center (UROC).

If you missed out on the training this year and would like your name added to the invite list please send an email to:


13 Minority-Owned Firms Receive State Tax Credits through Minnesota's Angel Tax Credit Program


The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) recently announced that 13 minority owned firms have received state tax credits through the angel investment program. Minnesota's Angel Tax Credit provides a 25-percent credit to investors or investment funds that put money into startup companies focused on high technology, new proprietary technology, or a new proprietary product, process or service in specified fields.

For 2016, $15 million in credits is available, $7.5 million of which is reserved until Sept. 30, 2016, for minority- and women-owned businesses, as well as businesses located in Greater Minnesota. Applications for 2016 funding are being accepted now.

Follow the link below to learn more about the businesses who received funding in 2015.…/soc…/blogs/deed-developments/blog-entry.jsp


Visit the DEED website at…/financing…/tax-credits/angel-tax-credit to learn more about the tax credit program.


Contract Compliance Division


The Contract Compliance Division (CCD) monitors City of Minneapolis construction and development, commodities and supplies, and professional and technical services contracts by enforcing related local and federal civil rights and wage laws and policies. CCD monitors City contracts to ensure that minorities, women and low income business owners and workers have access to employment and contracting opportunities and that workers are paid appropriate wages. CCD is responsible for ensuring compliance in five primary program areas: affirmative action, minority and women business inclusion, minority and female employment, Davis Bacon and prevailing wage, and HUD Section 3 contracting and employment. CCD is also a certifying agency of the Minnesota Unified Certification Program (MNUCP), a statewide collaboration, certifying disadvantaged businesses.


Governing Laws

Minneapolis City Code of Ordinances

Code of Federal Regulations

Equity Goals

The City of Minneapolis aims to provide equal opportunities to all businesses, with an effort to redress discrimination in the City’s marketplace by setting various goals on city projects. The City has a number of programs to work towards this effort including:

Pre-Award Compliance Review

All contracts in excess of $50,000 are subject to a pre-award compliance review. A comprehensive review of the pending contract is conducted; this includes a review of the firms’ affirmative action planning and good faith efforts to meet set goals and policies.

Contract Monitoring

Throughout the duration of the contract, CCD monitors compliance with all applicable requirements, laws, and policies.

Interested in working on City contracts?

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Last updated Dec 29, 2015