Diversity and Strategic Development
In 2011, the Illinois Tollway created the Department of Diversity and Strategic Development to increase access to economic opportunities for disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprises, as well as underemployed individuals. The Tollway remains focused on promoting, assisting and ensuring diverse participation in all aspects of Tollway operations, including contracting, consulting and the supply of goods and services.
The Department of Diversity and Strategic Development works to:
- Increase access to contract opportunities for certified disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprises through diversity outreach efforts
- Effectively communicate the Tollway's diversity programs and initiatives
- Level the playing field for all businesses through growing competition
- Help to diversify skilled and construction trades
- Monitor Tollway contracts to maximize economic benefit and ensure prompt payment and diversity compliance
The Tollway sponsors and participates in outreach and networking events throughout the year. Should your organization wish to include the Tollway in any of your events, or to learn more about activities, please contact the Department of Diversity and Strategic Development at (630) 241-6800.
2013 IT Networking Event
The Illinois Tollway would like to thank everyone who attended the free IT Networking Event on November 14 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont. Our goal was to educate attendees on the numerous IT opportunities we have available at the Tollway and how to do business with the various agencies.
2013 Professional Services Networking Event
The Illinois Tollway hosted a free Professional Services Networking Event to link up architects, engineers, designers, construction inspectors and managers who would like to play a role in the Tollway's ongoing 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future
Executives from professional services firms shared information on what the Tollway looks for in a proposal. Attendees had the opportunity to hear about current maintenance facility projects and how to participate in upcoming Tollway projects.
Construction Careers Expo 2013 and Beyond
As part of the Illinois Tollway's commitment to promote diversity in skilled and construction trades, we hosted Road Work Ahead: Construction Careers Expo. The Expo brought together construction unions, training partners and other community organizations to provide participants with information on how to get started in a roadway construction career.
|April 2013 Construction Networking Event Presentations|
|Illinois Tollway Presentation (pdf)|
|Capital Development Board Presentation (pdf)|
|Chief Procurement Office Presentation (pdf)|
|Previous Networking Event Presentations|
|May 2012 Construction Networking Presentation (pdf)|
|March 2012 Professional Services Networking Event (pdf)|
The Illinois Tollway provides opportunities for disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprises, as well as underemployed individuals, through the following programs:
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program
- Earned Credit Program (ECP)
- Mentor/Protégé Program
- Small Business Initiative
- Small Contractor Bridge Program
- I-WORK: Building Opportunity Zone
- Technical Assistance Programs
Additionally, the Tollway participates in the following State of Illinois Central Management Services (CMS) small business programs specifically for the procurement of goods and services:
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Equal Employment Opportunity Capture Application
The DBE/EEO capture application provides Tollway contractors the ability to enter new DBE 2114 and EEO 0003 forms, view all forms that have previously been entered for that contract and update any forms for that contract that have not yet been electronically submitted to the Tollway.
The application can be accessed at http://www.tollwaydiversitycapture.com.
The Tollway commissioned a study in 2006 to shape the focus of its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program. The study found statistical evidence of business disparities affecting disadvantaged business enterprises in major construction and related professional services procurement categories and data sources.
In 2008, the Tollway commissioned a disparity study of minority- and women-owned business enterprises in highway construction contracting and professional services industries and an analysis of disadvantaged business enterprises. Recommendations included in the study are currently under review by the Tollway.