Illinois Tollway Relaunching Expanded Technical Assistance Program

Illinois Tollway Relaunching Expanded Technical Assistance Program

In partnership with Inner-City Underwriting Agency Inc. and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Tollway is relaunching its Technical Assistance Program to help small, diverse and veteran-owned firms learn how to succeed in doing business with the Tollway.

The Tollway will host a series of events for local businesses and community leaders to network with representatives from the Technical Assistance providers and the Tollway at several locations throughout the Chicago area and in Rockford, Aurora and Waukegan. 

“The Illinois Tollway plays a vital role in economic development and job creation throughout Northern Illinois, offering significant opportunities for a diverse range of firms to grow, thrive and make greater contributions to their local communities,” said Interim Illinois Tollway Executive Director Lanyea Griffin. “This event is designed to introduce contractors and consultants to the guidance and tools the Tollway can offer firms to effectively bid on Tollway contracts.”  

The first event is scheduled for April 14, from 3 to 4 p.m., at the Lawndale Christian Health Center, 3750 W. Ogden Avenue in Chicago. To see the Technical Assistance calendar of upcoming events and access online registration, please visit Technical Assistance – Illinois Tollway on the Illinois Tollway’s website. Businesses interested in participating are encouraged to register in advance. 

These events will provide an opportunity for emerging and established transportation-related firms to learn about upcoming Tollway contracts and services available to help prepare to bid. The Tollway’s Technical Assistance Program provides services to both construction and professional engineering services firms.

“The Illinois Tollway is committed to reaching out to new firms in the Chicago area to share information and promote opportunities to work with the Tollway,” said Tollway Chief of Diversity and Strategic Development Terry Miller. “This event is a great way for Chicago-area companies to learn how to take advantage of business opportunities with the Illinois Tollway.” 
The Illinois Tollway’s Technical Assistance Program is intended to increase the pool of small and diverse businesses that are qualified to compete for contracts as prime contractors and subcontractors in the Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion Move Illinois capital program. The technical assistance services will be provided at no charge to businesses participating in the program, which is open to businesses located in the 12 Northern Illinois counties served by the Tollway.

Visit the Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program web page for details about the program and how it benefits small, diverse and veteran-owned businesses.