By Rich Kemp
MnDOT offices statewide held ceremonies at the end of January and beginning of February to celebrate the first anniversary of the agency’s Wildly Important Goal, Enhancing Financial Effectiveness.
District 1 employees enjoy refreshments during the WIG anniversary ceremony in Duluth Feb. 11. Photo by Beth Petrowske
District 1 celebrated Feb. 11 as employees at headquarter buildings in Duluth and Virginia and at each truck station acknowledged the achievements that have been made during the past year and talked about future goals. Duane Hill, District 1 engineer, shared examples of the district’s WIG initiatives and thanked employees for their efforts.
“Over the past year, all of you have worked hard to find ways to enhance financial effectiveness in the services we provide,” said Hill. “Many new ideas and goals have been put into motion that support MnDOT’s overall Wildly Important Goal. Thank you all for continuing to make MnDOT a more efficient and rewarding place to work.”
Employees in District 2 gathered Jan. 30 in Bemidji, Crookston and Thief River Falls to celebrate all that has been accomplished in the district and statewide that support enhancing MnDOT’s financial effectiveness. Celebrations were also held in truck stations across the district.
“District 2 management discussed 4DX and the WIG, as well as the WIG-supporting goals that have made a big difference in our day-to-day efficiencies,” said Reid Baumann, District 2 public affairs coordinator. “So many of our gains have come simply from awareness of where District 2 is already efficient, and where further efficiencies can come from.
“District 2 continues support of the WIG in its second year through strong engagement with the statewide battles, continued training on 4DX and efficiencies, implementation of WIG-supporting activities, and interpersonal growth and communication through our ‘Get Inspired’ program.”
Carolyn Marten and Jody Wills, Mankato business office, attended the District 7 WIG anniversary ceremony Jan. 30 at the district headquarters in Mankato. Photo by Rebecca Arndt
District 3 celebrated in St. Cloud, Baxter and district truck stations. One of the goals for the district was to ensure that each maintenance employee completed core equipment qualifications in loader, tandem, skid steer and tractor. The district employees completed 100 percent of their core equipment qualification, filling a 30 percent gap.
As part of the District 4 WIG celebrations, events were held in Detroit Lakes Feb. 6 and Morris Feb. 9. The other district maintenance subareas and outlying teams will celebrate during an upcoming subarea meeting.
District 6 held celebrations in Rochester and Owatonna Jan. 30. Employees enjoyed treats while watching the EFE anniversary video and receiving a status update of the various WIGs being worked on in District 6.
District 7 held celebrations Jan. 30 in Mankato, Windom and area truck stations. Greg Ous, district engineer, thanked employees for the work they do in support of MnDOT’s WIG.
“Your efforts help show how MnDOT efficiently spends taxpayer dollars and how we do our work effectively,” said Ous.
District 8 held celebrations in Willmar Jan. 30, Marshall Feb. 2 and in Hutchinson Feb. 9.
In the Twin Cities Metro area, events were held at Waters Edge, Maryland truck station, Golden Valley Central Construction, Bridge Office, FIRST station, St. Croix Crossing and Electronic Communications.