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Job Order Contract (JOC) Opportunity: Flatwork-Site Work & Structures
Job Order Contract for Flatwork-Site Work (Specification Number: 1202407)
Job Order Contract for Structures (Specification Number: 1202409)
The City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) has issued a bid opportunity for the following: Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Job Order Contract for Flatwork-Site Work and Job Order Contract for Structures.
Description: The JOC Contract for Flat Work is primarily to be used for the construction, rehabilitation, and modernization of flatwork/site work that includes streets, highways, cul-de-sacs, sidewalks paving, landscaping, drainage, and curbs and gutters. The JOC Contract for Structures is primarily to be used for the construction, rehabilitation, and modernization of flatwork/site work that includes bridges, vaulted sidewalks, and infrastructure improvement.
Bid/Proposal Submittal Date and Time: 11:00 AM Central Time, Monday, April 12, 2021
Pre-Solicitation Conference Date and Time: 11:00 AM Central Time, Monday, March 15, 2021
Pre-Solicitation Conference Location: Conference Call Number, 712-770-5505 #650260
For detailed information about this solicitation, please visit www.chicago.gov/eprocurement and click Current Bids and Solicitations.
About the Job Order Contract (JOC)
A Job Order Contract (JOC) is an indefinite contract pursuant to which the Contractor will perform an ongoing series of individual jobs at different locations under the jurisdiction of the City of Chicago. The bid document includes a Construction Task Catalog (CTC) containing construction tasks with preset unit prices, based on local labor, material, and equipment prices.
Mayor Lightfoot Announces Transformative Business Initiatives to Support Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Contractors
Three separate initiatives have been designed to offer capital access, improve payment speed, and increase transparency around the utilization of diverse vendors doing business with the City
CHICAGO – In an effort to further support diverse businesses in Chicago, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced a series of initiatives to create a more level playing field for potential and current suppliers of goods and services to the City. These initiatives include the first-of-its-kind City of Chicago Vendor Impact Fund, which aims to offer capital access to diverse contractors and vendors; the Prompt Payment Working Group, which will ensure that City vendors are paid in an efficient and timely manner for their services; and an Executive Order issued by Mayor Lightfoot, requiring enhanced reporting on spending with local certified firms and on business diversity programs.
“By creating a more equitable environment to do business with the City of Chicago, we are better helping our communities and delivering resources to our residents and entrepreneurs who rely on City services every day,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “All these steps build on the many actions we have taken to support our local small- and mid-sized businesses, particularly those who have historically been left out and left behind. As we work to put COVID-19 behind us, it is more important than ever to leverage the vast power of City government to expand opportunity, unlock homegrown talent, and help our great city become more inclusive and more successful.”
Vendor Impact Fund: The first of these initiatives is the establishment of the new $25 million City of Chicago Vendor Impact Fund, a program designed to combat long-standing structural inequities and give qualified firms better access to affordable financing. Through this program, certified vendors or contractors with the City of Chicago – including Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBE), Business Enterprises Owned by People with Disabilities (BEPD) and Veteran-Owned Business Enterprises (VBE) – will receive preference to access SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and SBA 7(a) loans for project financing, working capital, and capital investments. PPP loans are up to 100% forgivable. Please visit the application page at www.ChicagoImpactFund.com for more information about the Chicago Impact Fund.
Prompt Payment Working Group: The second initiative is the establishment of the Prompt Payment Working Group, to ensure that City vendors are paid in an efficient and timely manner for all services rendered and goods delivered. Most importantly for our small, mid-sized, minority- and women-owned businesses, prompt payment is essential to encouraging participation on City projects and to continued business growth.
Executive Order Enhancing Reporting Requirements: In addition to these initiatives that offer immediate benefit to the vendor community, the City will also be implementing enhanced reporting measures to understand how diverse firms are being utilized on both City and non-City contracts. An Executive Order was issued today, requiring enhanced reporting on spending with local certified firms and on business diversity programs.
To read the full press release, click here.
APPLICATIONS REOPENED FOR THE CITY OF CHICAGO'S NEIGHBORHOOD OPPORTUNITY FUND
The City of Chicago’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund will reopen for grant applications up to $250,000 starting Monday, March 8, with more than $4 million in funding available for small businesses, non-profits and cultural institutions on the West, Southwest and South sides. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 9.
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) program supports private rehabilitation and construction projects that add economic vitality to neighborhood commercial corridors and support local needs. A map of eligible areas and application details can be found on the program’s website, www.chicago.gov/nof.
DPD will host several virtual informational sessions to help potential applicants prepare for the submission process.
NOF Info Sessions — English
10:30 a.m., Monday, March 15 | Register on Zoom or Live Stream on YouTube
NOF Info Sessions — Spanish
10 a.m., Thursday, March 11 | Register on Zoom or Live Stream on YouTube
The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund was established in 2016 to allocate zoning fees from downtown construction projects toward business projects along West, Southwest and South side commercial corridors.
Grants may be applied toward costs including building rehabilitation, new construction, design, site acquisition and preparation, technical services and other expenses. To date, the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund program has committed $55 million in financing to about 180 active and completed project across the West, Southwest and South sides of Chicago.
THE SMALL BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT FUND (SBIF)
The Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) opens for grants each month in various TIF districts across Chicago. The program's three-year funding plan currently runs through 2023.
Eligible businesses must submit their application during the month-long application window for their TIF district to qualify for funding. To find out if and when SBIF grants are available for your business, search the address on the SBIF eligibility page. Other eligibility requirements apply, and application dates are subject to change.