WCOE Turning Point for 2/2/2016

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National Women's History Museum Announces Women Making History Event

NWHMThe NWHM announces Women Making History to be held on Monday, March 14, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC. There will be a VIP and sponsors reception from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, followed by the general reception at 6:30 pm and the program at 7:15 pm.

Honorary Co-chairs for the event are Senator Lisa Murkowski and Representative Linda Sanchez. Honorees for the evening will be Lisa Sugar, Co-founder and President of PopSugar, The Honorable Ann Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture (2001-2005), and Christine Walevska, World Renowned cellist and master musician. For information and to purchase tickets by phone, call 703-461-1920. More information is available at NWHM.org/womenmakinghistory.

5th Annual Awards Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation

to Be Held

COMTOThe Conference of Minority Transportation officials (COMTO) will host its annual Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation awards breakfast on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, from 8 am to 11 am at the J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC.

Fourteen outstanding women, representing multi-modes within the transportation industry, will be recognized and saluted for their contributions to the industry. Nearly 500 attendees, representing all sectors of the transportation industry, including government and private firms, are expected to join the celebration.

Honorees include:

  • Ms. Deborah Ale-Flint – Exec. Director, Los Angeles World Airports
  • Ms. Kimberly Avery – Southwest Region Engineer, Michigan Dept. of Transportation
  • Ms. Flora Castillo – V.P. of Community and Strategic Engagement, United Healthcare
  • Ms. Grace Crunican – General Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit
  • The Honorable T. Bella Dinh Zarr – National Transportation Safety Board
  • Ms. Polly Hanson – Chief of Police, Amtrak Police Dept.
  • Ms. Bryna Helfer – Director of Public Engagement to the Secretary, US Dept. of Transportation
  • Ms. Grindly Johnson – Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Virginia Dept. of Transportation
  • Ms. Feysan Lodde – Founder MV Transit
  • Ms. Valarie McCall – Chair, American Public Transportation Association
  • Ms. Margaret O'Meara – V.P., Boston Office, WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff
  • Dr. Karen Philbrick, Exec. Director, Mineta National Transit Research Consortium
  • Ms. Leanne Redden – Exec. Director, Chicago Regional Transportation Authority
  • Ms. Mary King – Formerly of AC Transit – Posthumous Award

Construction Started on NJ's Tallest Skyscraper

China Overseas America held a groundbreaking ceremony for the 900-foot-tall 99 Hudson Street tower in New Jersey. When finished, it will be the tallest tower in the state and possibly the sixth tallest in the country. The mixed-use project will contain 781 condos as well as commercial space. It is expected to cost at least $500 million, with completion planned for 2018.

Site Work Started at $4B Dallas Mixed-use Development

Environmental and pre-demolition work is underway at a $4 billion redevelopment project in Dallas that will cover about 17 blocks. Six companies have bid on the demolition work, which will include taking down a building brick by brick. That work is expected to begin in May. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2017.

$1B Gas-fired Power Plant Proposed in Illinois

Competitive Power VenturesCompetitive Power Ventures is planning to build a $1 billion gas-fired power plant in Illinois on an 80-acre site. The project will create up to 500 construction jobs and ultimately supply enough energy for 1.1 million homes. The company plans to begin construction in 2018 and finish by 2021.

$1B NFL Stadium Proposed in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sands Corp.Las Vegas Sands Corp. and a group of investors are proposing a $1 billion sports stadium in Las Vegas. The domed stadium would be home to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, football team, but the developers are hoping to lure a National Football League team, such as the Oakland Raiders. The 65,000-seat facility would be built on 42 acres.

Bertha Won't be Digging Anytime Soon in Seattle

Tunneling was stopped Jan. 13 at the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project in Seattle after a sinkhole was discovered. The contractor, Seattle Tunnel Partners, said the problem has been remedied, but the state halted boring by the TBM Bertha, which had been idle for two years while repairs were made. STP has asked the state to let tunneling resume. That plea was rejected, and the state has asked for more information about the sinkhole's cause.

Boston, Wynn Reach Agreement on Casino Construction

Wynn ResortsThe city of Boston and Wynn Resorts have reached a settlement that moves forward the start of construction for a $1.7 billion casino and hotel project in nearby Everett. Wynn will pay Boston $31 million over the next 15 years. The 3 million-square-foot casino and resort will feature a 24-story tower and is expected to create 4,000 construction jobs

SCDOT Looks at $484M Freeway Widening Project

SCDOTA new port terminal project in South Carolina should open in 2019, and that will increase traffic on Interstate 26. The state's Department of Transportation wants to add lanes to the highway near Charleston and upgrade the bridges along that stretch. Planning, design and construction could take six years.


WCOE Coming Events

Save the Date!

WCOE 2016 Annual Leadership Conference – April 3–5

The Willard Hotel, Washington DC

Chicago Dept. of Procurement Services 2016 Construction Summit

Thursday, February 4, 2016

9am to 1 pm

South Shore Cultural Center, 7052 South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL

The Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) will host the 4th annual City of Chicago Construction Summit at the South Shore Cultural Center on February 4, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event will give construction and construction-related companies the opportunity to meet one-on-one with nearly 40 Government Agencies and Assist Agencies regarding upcoming Construction projects.

How To Do Business with KCK Public Schools

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools will be hosting a session on "How To Do Business with KCK Public Schools"

Thursday, February 4, 201

12:00 Noon.

This informative session will be held in Room 330 at the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

Topics to be covered include registration requirements, bidding calendar, purchasing website navigation, statutory regulations and Board protocols, bonding requirements and other related topics. Time will be allocated for questions and answers. If you have any questions, please call Bob Young at (913) 279-2244.

Chicago Dept. of Aviation hosts Contractor Open House

February 5, 2016 –1 pm to 4 pm

UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60607

Don't miss this chance to network in person with prime contractors and learn more about upcoming contract opportunities at O'Hare and Midway International Airports. Attending this event could ultimately result in being awarded contracts from the City of Chicago.

The following will be covered:

  • A presentation by the Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS), certifying agency for the City of Chicago
  • Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (M/W/DBE) Network and Outreach
  • Information about the airports' upcoming Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Term Contracts and Request for Proposals (RFPs)

Visit www.FlyChicago.com/contractoropenhouse to register.

Parking will be available for $10.

linois Capital Development Board Business Networking Meet and Greet

Sponsored by the Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce

February 10, 2016


Melrose Park Senior Center 900 25th Ave., Melrose Park, IL 60160

CDB Director and Administrators will provide an in depth overview of CDB process and function. Please feel free to invite Industry Partners interested in CDB opportunities. Please review attachment for details. Questions, email Jeanifer Kimbrough Jeanifer.kimbrough@illinois.gov

1st Quarter WCOE Chicago Caucus Meeting

February 11, 11:30am–1:00pm

The Metropolitan Club, 233 S. Wacker Drive, 67th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606

Contact: Monica Green, mgreen@ctmwbe.com

Join the SBA's 2016 Wichita Emerging Leaders Class!

A free, one-hour information session about emerging leaders is scheduled for Friday, February 19 at 3:00 PM. Call 316-269-6275 to RSVP.

The SBA is seeking a diverse group of 18 to 20 qualified*business owners or chief executives from varied industries in Kansas, including family-owned businesses going through a leadership transition, to apply for the 2016 Emerging Leaders class. The program is not appropriate for start-ups.

Bottom Line: Each member of the class will develop a 3 to 5 year plan to grow their business.

The 13 class sessions are scheduled to take place every other Wednesday afternoon (1:30–4:30 PM) from April to October at a location in Wichita that has plenty of parking

WCOE CA Chapter Mixer with Balfour Beatty Construction

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 4–6 pm

BBC San Diego Office, 10620 Treena Street, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92131

Light dinner provided.

Networking 4–5 pm

Program 5:30 pm

Networking 5:30–6

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WBENC is proud to offer its Executive Development Program the 2016 Tuck-WBENC Executive Program, brought to you by IBM on September 25–30, in Palisades, NY.

We are now accepting applications! Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of the Class of 2016 by attending the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program. Join the over 550 WBEs who have participated in this 5-day executive development program specifically designed to make a substantial impact on how you think about and operate your business. WBEs will focus on increasing their competitive advantage in the way of leadership, financial and marketing analysis and form an invaluable network of WBEs that will continue to provide a source of support, expertise and opportunities even after graduation.

2016 Tuck-WBENC Executive Program

When: September 25–30, 2016

What: An intensive, advanced 5-day program

Where: Palisades, NY

Program fee: $3,750.00

Application Deadline: Monday, May 2, 2016

Associated Builders & Contractors

2/10/2016 2:00PM ET 2016 Tax Update for CFMs: Tax Minimization Strategies to Help Improve Cash Flow
2/11/2016 1:30PM ET Updated OSHA Confined Spaces Standard: How do I Comply?
2/24/2016 2:00PM ET BIM and Laser Scanning Save Time and Reduce Risk
2/25/2016 11:00AM ET The Connected Workplace – Using Emerging Technology Solutions to Transform your Business

American Subcontractors Association

2/9/2016   2016 February Webinar: Negotiating Retainage
4/12/2016   2016 April Webinar: The Payment Dance in the Construction Industry
5/10/2016   2016 May Webinar: Websites, Email, Social Media and Your Domain Name
6/14/2016   2016 June Webinar: Damages For Lost Labor Productivity

California High Speed Rail

2/2016   No events scheduled.


2/10/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
3/16/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
4/13/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
5/18/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
6/15/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
7/13/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
8/10/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
9/14/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
10/12/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform

WCOE Chicago Caucus Meetings

We have scheduled dinner meetings for the following dates in 2016:

  • May 12
  • August 11
  • November 10

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