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Diversity Programs

About Diversity Programs at the CTA

The mission of Diversity Programs is to create an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion by promoting dialogue with the contracting community and other stakeholders that will improve the CTA’s ability to level the playing field and establish diversity as a critical component of the CTA’s contracting practices.

Diversity Programs will achieve these goals by certifying eligible firms as Disadvantaged and/or Small Business Enterprises (DBE/SBE), assessing attainable DBE & SBE contracting goals, creating opportunities for DBEs & SBEs to network with large contractors, establishing programs for DBEs & SBEs to grow in capacity & capability, connecting interested individuals with job opportunities on CTA contracts, and advocating for policies that reduce barriers for both DBEs/SBEs and job seekers on our contracts.

Schedule a one-on-one consultation with us by emailing diversity@transitchicago.com or a manager directly.

Education and training opportunities

Small Business Educational Series

Does your firm provide a construction-related service? Have you ever worked on a construction project in the past? Are you looking to take your business to the next level?

Learn how your small business firm could effectively participate on CTA contracts.

More info & registration

Driving Small Business the Distance

Interested in doing business with the CTA? Join CTA Diversity Programs to gain helpful tools and resources to drive your business down the road to successful CTA contracting!

More info & registration

Mentor-Protégé Program

Through hands-on and classroom training experience, the Mentor-Protégé Program strives to develop working relationships between DBE firms and prime contracting firms that have successfully participated in and/or completed CTA contracts.

Program description and application (PDF)

Construction Talks Series

Are you interested in a career within the construction industry? Do you know someone who is?

Individuals interested should look forward to the CTA’s Construction Talks Series to gain insight into various opportunities within construction.

All webinars from this series are recorded and available for viewing on our YouTube page, CTA: Doors Opening.