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Connecting the Community to Construction

About Us

Our mission is to use local development projects to build a bridge between Chicago’s communities and the construction industry. We bring a spirit of creative collaboration that drives innovative outreach solutions, stimulates economic growth, and fosters collaboration between community stakeholders including, residents, public officials, and developers.

Communities Empowered Through Construction is an award-winning talent management and diversity consulting firm. We specialize in creative outreach solutions, establishing strategic community partnerships, and building a strong workforce.

Rachel Ivy


We partner with construction industry leaders on some of Chicago's most notable development projects. Some of our projects include:

808 N. Wells

The 808 N. Wells project is a seventeen-story mixed-use high rise

400 N. Aberdeen

Mixed-use high rise in Chicago’s Fulton Market 400 N. Aberdeen –

1400 W. Randolph

278 residential unit tower with fitness, and co-working space 1400 W.


CEC takes a holistic approach to diversity consulting. We put our industry expertise to work to provide exceptional service to our client partners and members of the communities we serve.

Diversity Consulting

We develop creative solutions to help you realize your diversity and inclusion goals.

Subcontractor Support

We source qualified local M/WBE subcontractors who are ready to help you complete your projects.

Construction Staffing

Our database of skilled construction workers lets you identify talented local candidates.

Workforce Development

Our comprehensive training and development program prepares candidates for long-term success in the construction industry.

Community Outreach

We remain committed to the communities we serve, listening to their concerns and providing the support they need to thrive.

Marketing & Communications

We produce marketing and communications content for print, video, and online that keeps you connected to your customers.

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

African Proverb

Online Intake

Candidates can learn all about our latest projects without leaving home. Our online intake conferences help you get the information you need and get your questions answered.