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Friday, January 22, 2010

IDOT plans railroad business-to-business interchange to promote CREATE

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Illinois DOT I setting up the first ever business exchange with Chicago area small businesses to connect small disadvantaged businesses (DBEs), many minority- and women-owned enterprises, with the CREATE partners and the rail industry to explore opportunities for near-term and future business partnerships.

DBE and Rail Industry Business-to-Business Exchange will be held Wednesday, February 10, at US Cellular Field. 35th Street at Shields Avenue, Gate 3, in Chicago. There will be a charge of $200 per person to cover expenses.

The morning session, 9 a.m. to noon, is reserved for construction, engineering and design. The afternoon session, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. will focus on supplies, material and equipment.

IDOT has reached out to business organizations, associations, and chambers that represent DBEs in the greater Chicago area. They asked these groups to identify 30 (total) of their "best, brightest, and most capable" member firms to represent their organization and attend this event.

IDOT needs interested prime contractors, consultants and suppliers who want to expand their railroad business opportunities in Chicago, increase their understanding of the CREATE program and build a network of DBE firms to enable compliance with federal (FHWA & FRA) and state (IDOT) procurement requirements to participate. Space is limited.

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