The CEC Program’s Mission is to build a bridge between public officials, community needs, and economic growth via the construction industry. CEC was established as a result of years of community development and the need for community participation in those developments. Our goal is to offer direction, training, and personal development to community residents, to match potential employers/developers with qualified candidates from the community, and monitor minority participation and compliance on government and private construction projects.
The CEC understands the commitment that Public Servants make to their constituents. When there is economic growth in their communities, it is ideal for members of their communities to be involved in that economic growth. Our goal is to work within these communities to develop and prepare their residents to SUCCESSFULLY participate in the community hiring efforts made on behalf of the construction projects. By managing the community hiring and outreach on projects, developers and public servants have assurance that there is adequate level of community participation. Fostering a wonderful partnership between community residents, public officials/servants and developers.
The CEC has an ongoing database of residents all over the city of Chicago who have been screened, interviewed and completed a behavior modification training, if necessary, these residents are prepared and eager to work in their communities. We also work with community organizations to provide training and assist with developing candidates.
In addition, we host Minority Contractor Meet and Greets to ensure that we have access to community businesses. We have found that the database and the Meet and Greets ensure that we have a pool of qualified construction candidates and minority contractors available for referrals. Please see our event page for the upcoming Meet and Greets.