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Diversity

IRTBA will play an active role in addressing diversity within the industry. The following Diversity goals were accomplished in 2019:

  • Held multiple meetings on diversity and inclusion with Federal Highway Administration Administrator Nicole Nason, Deputy Governor Christian Mitchell, Tollway Executive Director Jose Alvarez, and IDOT Acting Secretary Omer Osman.
  • IRTBA’s Equal Opportunity Committee Work Force Diversity Task Force collected data from members’ U.S. Department of Labor Monthly Employment Utilization Forms to measure our progress as an industry and continually strive to promote workforce inclusion and meet our diversity goals. The reports showed IRTBA’s workforce is more diverse than the Chicagoland region’s work force demographics in the Hispanic and African American categories. The report concluded that 59.61 percent of the hours worked were by Caucasians (compared to 72.34 percent in Chicagoland); 33.39 percent of hours worked by Hispanics (compared to 19.57 percent in Chicagoland); 5.58 percent of hours worked by African Americans (compared to 4.48 percent in Chicagoland); and 1.06 percent of hours worked by Asian/Native Americans (compared to 2.56 percent in Chicagoland).
  • IRTBA leaders and members were appointed to serve on the Senate Diversity Task Force for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Minority Business Enterprises/Women Business Enterprises. Even more of an honor, all nine industry representatives were filled by IRTBA member firms, including Chairman-Elect John Kapovich (S&J Construction), Guillermo Garcia (GSG Consultants), Jennifer Krug McNaughton (K-Five Construction), Dan Meckes (Crawford, Murphy & Tilly), Aaron Ozinga (Ozinga Materials), Mary Person (F.H. Paschen), Leslie Sawyer (Environmental Design International), Harvind Singh (Singh & Associates), and John Trotta (WSP USA).
  • Publicized and issued congratulations to IRTBA members Anne Bigane-Wilson (Bigane Paving) and Anne Edwards-Cotter (Cotter Consulting) for being featured in Crain’s Chicago Business’ list of 2019 Notable Women Executives Over 50.
  • Promoted USDOT’s announcement of an extension on the guidance review for the DBE Utilization Plan.
  • Publicized and encouraged members to apply for a $15 million grant funding opportunity to support growth, job creation, increase capacity, boost revenues, and promote expansion of minority businesses.
  • Advertised several special events expanding business opportunities for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, including IDOT’s Today’s Challenge Tomorrow’s Reward (TCTR) conference, IDOT’s Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP), multiple Tollway Move Illinois Quarterly (MIQ) meetings, and Metra’s Vendor Fair -- all of which provide training, skill-improvement opportunities, and/or networking opportunities to assure the increased participation of minority groups, disadvantaged persons, and women in all phases of the highway construction industry and promote diversity and inclusion.
  • Road Builder Charities supported Tuskegee NEXT's Red Tail Ball 2019, which honors the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. Tuskegee NEXT transforms lives of at-risk youth with aviation education and career path opportunities.
  • Published a story in the Friday Facts eNewsletter written by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth to educate Veteran-Owned Business firms about new federal assistance programs.
  • Promoted a diversity success story from John Burns Construction Company (JBCC) regarding their “Women Up” program to help increase female participation in the transportation industry work force and to help women advance into leadership roles in the industry.
  • Publicized information regarding the changes to the state Business Enterprise Program (BEP), which included providing a list of businesses owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities that the contractor has used in the current or prior fiscal year; removing the Council’s ability to charge a fee for the waiver request; and the changes regarding penalties.  
  • Featured a diversity success story from S.T.A.T.E. Testing regarding their partnership with A Safe Haven foundation to provide a week-long training program opportunity for 20 individuals to have a career in the transportation industry as materials technicians and help advance and promote interest in transportation-related career path.

A complete outline of the IRTBA's 2019 Year in Review is available here.

Contact: Liz Carrero | Director of Communications| E: liz@irtba.org | P: (630) 626-3576

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