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Today's Challenge Tomorrow's Reward

The Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward conference focuses on providing educational and skill- building workshops, lessons on best practices, and networking opportunities for firms in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program and contractors wanting to do business with IDOT. The overall goal is to help advance a firm’s skill set and knowledge to increase their competitiveness and opportunities for work on federally funded highway contracts.

For over 30 years, the conference has provided subcontractors, DBE firms and prime contractors with invaluable information. Presentations and workshops include estimating and bidding, project management, erosion control, advanced financing, social media marketing – and much more. In addition, the Office of Business and Workforce Diversity’s Supportive Services team will be attending and ready to assist certified DBE firms. The conference concludes with an awards luncheon recognizing outstanding firms throughout the state.

31st Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward Conference

May 9, 2022 — May 10, 2022

Crowne Plaza Springfield Convention Center
3000 South Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62703

Register here. 

Some workshops will be offered virtually as well as in-person. Motivational Speaker Ray McElroy, former Chicago Bears chaplain and NFL cornerback, will speak on May 9, and on May 10 our Keynote Speaker Tanya Adams, Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity at WSP USA will be reminding the public of this year’s conference theme is “Navigating the New Normal."