Peoria Riverfront Museum Seeks Minority Sub-Contractors

By WEEK Reporter

November 8, 2010 Updated Nov 8, 2010 at 11:35 PM CDT

Local minority sub-contractors are getting help landing construction jobs for the Peoria Riverfront Museum project.

Peoria County teamed up with Absolute Risk Management Strategies to hold an outreach meeting for minorities, women and disadvantaged business owners at Lakeview Museum Monday morning.

ARMS CEO Kelly Petersen says billions of dollars have been spent over the years on projects like the Twin Towers, the Peoria Civic Center and O'Brien Field, but she says minority sub-contractors have not had many opportunities to compete for jobs.

"We show these contractors and sub-contractors how you best position yourself to participate where your deficiencies are, why haven't you been successful in the past," said Petersen. "Is it bonding cap issues, is it a manpower issues, is it you don't have somebody in the office answering the phone?"

Petersen says in addition to getting bids, they want to help minority sub-contractors position themselves to compete for future construction projects.

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