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Today's Challenge Tomorrow's Reward Conference

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.

33rd Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward Conference
February 21, 2024 – February 22, 2024
Crowne Plaza Springfield Convention Center 3000 South Dirksen Parkway Springfield, IL 62703

TCTR Program

We are pleased to announce that registration for our upcoming “Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward” (TCTR) Conference is OPEN!  Links to our registration page and hotel reservation page are below.

The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois, on February 21-22, 2024.  There is NO REGISTRATION FEE to attend this year’s conference!

The Crowne has reserved a block of hotel rooms for TCTR.  The room block will last until the end of January, so be sure to reserve your room today.  (NOTICE TO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES:  Make sure that you reserve your room at the preferred allowable maximum federal rate of $107 per night.)

There is also NO FEE for anyone who wishes to have a table/booth at our annual Networking Reception & Vendor Fair on the evening of February 21, but those spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  To reserve a table for your corporation / agency, select the appropriate category when you begin registration.

Conference attendees can also register for our DBE / PRIME MEET-AND-GREET, which will be held on February 20, 2024, from 6-10pm at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.  This catered event is also free and first-come, first-serve. 

Attendees who have certain dietary restrictions will have the opportunity to enter “vegetarian” or “gluten free” on the registration page.

And finally, be sure to attend our opening General Session / Luncheon on February 21.  Our special guest speaker will be Aaron Davis, former NCAA football national champion, author, businessman, and cancer survivor!

More details on our workshop sessions will be available in the next week or two.  If you have any questions, please email



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