Diversity

IRTBA will play an active role in addressing diversity within the industry. The following Diversity goals were accomplished in 2017:

  • Actively sought and grew (by three percent) additional membership among the disadvantaged business community to 24.7 percent DBE, MBE, WBE or Veteran-Owned; the largest percentage of disadvantaged members in IRTBA’s history. 
  • President & CEO Mike Sturino gave a presentation at IDOT’s Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward conference regarding the importance of associations for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.
  • Collaborated with Illinois Tollway to establish the Partnering for Growth mentor protégé program for construction.
  • Reported on President Donald Trump's recent immigration-related executive orders and the major impacts they had on employers and hiring managers, who faced new hurdles to procure work visas for foreign nationals and other labor force compliance challenges.
  • Featured Diversity Success Stories in the Friday Facts, including a hauling trip by a SDVOSB trucking business for hurricane relief supplies and a story about two member firms who got together to host scholars from George Westinghouse College prep for a lab tour and several demonstrations where students learned about aggregate and soils testing; witnessing a gradation, and a proctor test, and the trip generated excitement about the fields of engineering and materials testing. 
  • Advertised small business set-aside projects to members throughout the year, including drainage and grading, fiber-optic removal, landscape services, fence installation, pavement installations, electrical services, roadway and bridge signage, painting improvements, and more. 
  • Promoted the Illinois Tollway’s Workforce Resources Working for You Networking Event in February, offering construction companies of all sizes and types information about the Tollway’s Earned Credit Program (ECP) and new ECP Hiring Portal.
  • Encouraged member participation in IDOT’s Disparity Study Availability Surveys.
  • Endorsed member participation and nomination for ARTBA’s Women Leaders in Transportation Design and Construction Awards.
  • Informed members of the DBE Certification & Supportive Services Road Show in both Rock Island in Downstate Illinois. 
  • Promoted the Tollway's Job Order Contracting (JOC) Facilities Program Networking Resources for small, veteran and minority-owned businesses.
  • Encouraged member participation and feedback in U.S. Small Business Administration’s evaluation of small business regulations to help the agency more effectively promote job creation and the economic growth of small businesses within the transportation industry.
  • Donated $19,000 in scholarships to Illinois students in construction management or engineering at seven universities and colleges in Illinois. 

A complete outline of the IRTBA's 2017 Year in Review is available here.


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