Construction Summit 2019


The City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) hosted its 7th annual Construction Summit at the JLM Abundant Life Center on February 6, 2019. This event continues to grow every year with 74 exhibitors and over 1200 attendees. This was a great networking opportunity for primes, subcontractors, and construction related business owners to come out and receive details for upcoming construction projects & job order contracts. Attendees spoke to key staff from City of Chicago user departments, City Sister Agencies, Government Agencies, Anchor Institutions, Assist Agencies and Support Organizations. 

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Construction Summit 2019 Press Release

List of Attendees

2019 Construction Summit - Program Booklet

2019 Construction Summit Photo Gallery


Assist Agencies & Support Organizations

      • Angel of God Resource Center, Inc.
      • B/ACE Magazine
      • Better Business Bureau
      • Black Contractors United
      • Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council (ChicagoMSDC)
      • Chicago Municipal Employees Credit Union
      • Chicago Urban League
      • Chicago Women in Trades
      • Construction Business Development Center
      • Contractor Advisors Business Development/Illinois Tollway GMA Technical Assistance Program
      • Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce
      • Far South CDC
      • Federation of Women Contractors
      • Fresh Start Home Community Development Corporation
      • HACIA
      • IL Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
      • LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois
      • National Association of Women Business Owners - Chicago
      • SCORE Chicago
      • Sustainable Options for Urban Living, Inc.
      • The Monroe Foundation
      • Turn 2 Growth
      • U.S. Minority Contractors Association
      • Women's Business Development Center

 Cook County

      • Cook County Health
      • Cook County Office of Contract Compliance
      • Cook County Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
      • Cook County Transportation and Highway Department
      • Forest Preserve District of Cook County

 Government Agencies & Anchor Institutions

      • Business Enterprise Program
      • Illinois Business Enterprise Program
      • Illinois Chief Procurement Office for General Services
      • Illinois Department of Transportation
      • Illinois Office of the Comptroller
      • Illinois Tollway
      • McCormick Place
      • Metra
      • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
      • Pace Bus
      • Pace, the Suburban Bus Division of the Regional Transportation Authority
      • Regional Transportation Authority
      • Rush University Medical Center
      • University of Illinois

 Sister Agencies/City Departments

      • Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA)
      • Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
      • Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management (2FM)
      • Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)
      • Chicago Department of Water Management
      • Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)
      • Chicago JOC Programs – Gordian Group
      • Chicago Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC)
      • Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
      • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
      • HomeMod Program MOPD
      • Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) McCormick Place
      • Public Building Commission (PBC)

 Employment & Labor

      • Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
      • CISCO
      • IUOE Local 150
      • Job Corps Chicago
      • Painters District Council #14 Training Center
      • U.S. Department of Labor – OFCCP
      • U.S Small Business Administration
      • Illinois Department of Human Services BEP Outreach Office

 Veterans Resources

      • Chicago Veterans

Workshops & PowerPoint Presentations:


Propelling Your Business Through Aviation Opportunities

The City of Chicago’s two major airports (O’Hare and Midway International) are a major economic engine for the region. This workshop focuses on aviation-specific contracting opportunities in construction and professional work services. 


Resources to Start, Run and Grow Your Business 

Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) Whether you’re a startup, established, or about to expand your business, find out what resources are available to business owners. In this workshop, entrepreneurs will learn what small business resources are being offered by the City of Chicago, chambers of commerce, delegate agencies, and other community partners.


Chicago Department Of Transportation (CDOT) “FIRST LOOK”

This workshop is geared toward those looking to learn about construction-related opportunities with the City of Chicago. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be providing a “First Look” at contracting opportunities that will be available as part of the new Obama Presidential Center and other projects.  CDOT officials will be on hand to provide an overview of the work that is needed, including paving, site grading, landscaping, watermain installation, as well as lighting and other electrical work.


Becoming a Certified Business

Subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer questions about common certification topics. The City of Chicago offers the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business (VBE), Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).


Employment Resources Presentation

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership & City of Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) will provide an overview of programs that assist individuals in becoming apprentices and how to be matched with opportunities.  Additionally, panelists will discuss how other training resources can assist employers with meeting their hiring goals.


An Introduction to the Job Order Contract (JOC) Program

A Job Order Contract (JOC) is another delivery method for the City of Chicago to procure construction services. JOC is a firm, fixed price, competitive bid with indefinite quantity, delivery method designed to produce a large number of multi-traded, repair and rehabilitation projects, as well as, minor new construction projects quickly. Come out and find out how a Job Order Contract could benefit your company.

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