Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward: IDOT conference returns Feb. 21 and 22

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is hosting the 33rd “Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward” conference this week, on Feb. 21 and 22 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.

The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois, on Feb 21-22 (tomorrow and Wednesday). There is no registration fee to attend this year’s conference. Click here to register.

The event is for subcontractors and prime contractors in construction, trucking, engineering and other consulting services. Visit idot.illinois.gov or click here for registration information and other details. The conference will be held in person, with a virtual option available.

Hosted by IDOT’s office of business and workforce diversity, the conference provides female- and minority-owned businesses with opportunities to make connections and develop skills to grow and succeed.

“‘Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward’ can open doors that lead to new, exciting paths to grow your business and positively impact your community while helping IDOT make projects more diverse and inclusive,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Under Gov. Pritzker and the historic Rebuild Illinois capital program, Illinois is seeing record levels of investment in transportation. Please join us in shaping and modernizing infrastructure for future generations.”

“Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward” offers workshops to build skills, seminars on best practices and networking opportunities for firms and contractors wanting to do business with the state through the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.

Conference topics include work category expansion, funding, training opportunities, “getting paid” and construction safety. Industry leaders and IDOT staff also will be leading sessions on how to bid on, participate in and deliver projects.

Speakers include Bradley Mims, director of the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, and Aaron Davis, a football national champion at the University of Nebraska, author, businessman and cancer survivor.

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