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Business Opportunities Coordinator
(217) 558-3964

Illinois Department of Transportation
2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62764

Business Opportunities

CREATE Program Railroad Business Opportunities:The Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program is a first-of –its-kind partnership between U.S. DOT, the State of Illinois (Illinois Department of Transportation), City of Chicago (Chicago Department of Transportation), Metra, Amtrak, and the nation’s freight railroads to reduce train and auto delays throughout the Chicago area.

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Mentor/Protégé: A two year partnership in which a prime contractor (mentor) agrees to work with a protégé (DBE) to provide work experience and/or address matters necessary to enhance the protégé business’ success.

Illinois Unified Certification Program: The Illinois Unified Certification Program (IL UCP) is a “one stop shop” certification process for firms seeking Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification in the State of Illinois. The participating agencies for the IL UCP are IDOT, City of Chicago, CTA, Metra and Pace. Firms certified with one participant are certified with all IL UCP agencies. Certification as a DBE also means you are eligible for contracting opportunities with the other IL UCP agencies.

To view the corresponding “Pathway to Building Your Future” brochure, please click here.

Disparity Study: IDOT recently published their Disparity Study to determine whether or not a statistically significant disparity existed between the number of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE’s) that were ready, willing, and able to provide construction and architecture and engineering services to IDOT and the number of DBE’s that were actually providing the services to IDOT.

To view the Disparity study, please click here.

To view a presentation by Dr Ramsey regarding the content of the Disparity Study, please click here.

To view the Primary Data used for the Disparity Study, please click here.

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