Sims, Joyce and Hastings urge contractors to participate in upcoming Women & Minority Contractor Workshop

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PARK FOREST – State Senators Elgie Sims Jr. (D-Chicago), Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) and Michael E. Hastings (D-Frankfort) are inviting local minority contractors to participate in an informational discussion to learn how to conduct business with the Illinois Capital Development Board.

The virtual workshop will take place Thursday, Aug. 12 at 9 a.m.

“Sustainable development is the pathway to the future that we want for everyone,” said Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago). “We have to ensure that we are providing a fair and inclusive environment to support diversity efforts in the construction industries. This way we develop a framework that generates economic growth for the entire state.”

At the workshop, the Capital Development Board will provide information to architecture, engineering and construction firms about the process of registering as a vendor, becoming prequalified to bid on CDB projects, and strategies for partnering to complete some of the $45 billion worth of projects statewide funded through the Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan.

“Championing minority-owned businesses is crucial to uplifting our communities,” Joyce said. “I encourage local contractors to take advantage of this informative workshop to ensure they have the tools and information they need so they don’t miss out on business with the Capital Development Board.”

The workshop is geared toward women contractors and contractors of color across the state to give these often underserved businesses support in the contracting process.

Registration is required to participate in the workshop. Interested contractors can sign up at https://www.illinoissenatedemocrats.com/ICDBtickets.

“In order to foster a successful business climate and improve infrastructure conditions in our state, we need all hands on deck,” Hastings said. “This event is designed to give everyone a seat at the table. We need to work together to grow the state’s economy and provide residents with good paying jobs.”

With questions or for additional information, contact Joyce’s office at 708-756-0882, Sims’ office at 815-464-5431 or Hastings’ office at 773-933-7715.

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