MSD Commits to Large Impact for Local Labor and Economy

Local labor
January 19, 2018

The MSD Board has voted to change the threshold for MSD’s Local Labor Preference for construction contracts to include contracts of $5 million or more. Previously, MSD procurement regulations required a Local Labor Preference for construction contracts of $10 million or more.

“Local labor” is defined as individuals who have a primary legal residence within Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties in Kentucky; and, Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Washington counties in Indiana.

MSD is an economic engine in our community, supporting 3,000 jobs annually. Last year alone, construction companies had an opportunity to participate in more than $300 million in MSD construction contracts. The agency is expected to have an economic impact of $4.3 billion over the next 20 years.

To aid contract holders with this preference, MSD is establishing an online portal to connect potential community workers with the contract holders. “MSD JobLink” will launch on January 24, 2018. The site is intended to help contractors fulfill the Local Labor Preference. An introduction to this portal will be provided to contractors at our “Can You Dig It” outreach event, January 24, 2018, 10 a.m. to noon at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

For more information on this event visit, or register at Information about the “MSD JobLink” portal will be available on and on January 24, 2018.