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Preproposal Webinar/Conference Call for UP Projects EW2 & WA1

A mandatory preproposal webinar/conference call for UP Projects EW2 & WA1 is scheduled for Friday, May 15th, 2020 at 10:00 am CT. Detailed webinar information will be provided to those registered using the process described below.

Interested prime consultants will be required to pre-register at to gain access to Union Pacific’s Source Hub. In the comment section towards the bottom of the Union Pacific Supplier Registration Request form, indicate if you want access to EW2, WA1, or both. Contact Union Pacific's Supplier Management Group at 402-544-0025 with any registration questions. More information on the prime consultant registration process is available in the full advertisement.

All other interested parties for EW2 and WA1 including DBE organizations will be required to register through this Eventbrite link.

Please note: Contact information for all participants who join the webinar/conference call will be made available temporarily online on the CREATE website Bids/RFPs page and the 75th St. CIP website news page after the webinar/conference call to encourage networking and facilitate opportunities for DBE participation.


For more information about the CREATE Program, please go to

Metra Pre-Proposal Meeting (Metra Rock Island Bridge 87 at 79th Street)

CREATE Program partner, Metra, held a pre-proposal meeting for Engineering Design Services for the Metra Rock Island Bridge 87 at 79th Street.

Fall Into The County: Vendor Resource and Information Expo

This event provided opportunities to network with Cook County and its sister agencies. The event also included the following workshops: Procurement 101, Advanced Look into 2020 Buying Plan - Capital Planning, Transportation and Highways, M/WBE Certification/Compliance, Growing Your Business - Access to Capital, Working with DHSEM and the Use of Federal Grant Funds and Cook County Dept. of Public Health - Good Food Policy Panel Discussion.

Metra Pre-Proposal Meeting (Project P2)

CREATE Program partner, Metra, held a pre-proposal meeting for Engineering Design Services for the Rock Island Connection (P2).

Metra On Track to Success Vendor Fair

This event provided small businesses access to prime contractors and an opportunity for free educational workshops. Metra recognized and honored prime contractors, subcontractors, assist agencies and staff members that have provided exceptional service and promote diversity and inclusion. Three hundred people attended, including 180 DBEs.

Norfolk Southern Railway Pre-Proposal Meeting and Networking Session (Project EW2)

CREATE Program partner Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), held a pre-proposal meeting and networking event. This event provided small businesses access to prime contractors. One hundred people attended, and 46 DBEs were represented.

Create Get On Board

The "Get On Board" business-to-business networking event offered an opportunity for certified DBEs and small businesses to engage with public agencies, freight and passenger railroads and prime contractors and to learn about bid or professional services opportunities related to the CREATE Program. Over 190 people attended including 70 DBE participants from 56 DBE firms.