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Competitive Bidding: From Proposal to Delivery of Services

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 8:30am to 12:00pm

NIU Naperville 1120 E. Diehl Rd.

Join the Civic Leadership Academy for a workshop presented by James V. Ferolo and Mallory A. Milluzzi, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd.

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks

• Community Development

• Governmental Target Audience

• Leaders of Government Organizations

• Management, Key Positions of Government Organizations

• Procurement Personnel

• Contracting Personnel


• Gain an understanding of the requirements for awarding construction and professional services contracts for public improvement projects

• Understand the basic requirements of competitive bidding

• Understand the request for proposal process

• Learn the statutory requirements associated with public construction projects


Municipal officials spend a significant amount of time planning and implementing various capital improvement projects ranging from the construction of new buildings to extending and/or maintaining sanitary or sewer lines. While capital improvement projects vary in scope and size, all require the municipality to retain an engineer or architect to design the project and a contractor to construct it. Public officials will learn how to navigate through the requirements for awarding professional service contracts and construction contracts, including an explanation of the differences between the competitive bidding process and the request for proposal process.

The concepts of awarding the work to the “lowest responsible bidder” and what criteria a public body may utilize in making such determinations will be discussed. The workshop will also explain the various issues associated with public construction projects, including bidding disputes, prevailing wages, performance, and payment bonds, public liens and various other statutory requirements.

The Civic Leadership Academy was created in 2004 by the Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) at Northern Illinois University as a leadership skills development program for elected and appointed leaders and managers in government and nonprofit agencies. With the marking of the 10th Anniversary, CLA is rolling out new opportunities to obtain specialized certificates in Community/Economic Development, Human Resources, Governmental, and Nonprofit specialization tracks. Over 30 new workshops have been added to the program, taking place throughout the region in Chicago Heights, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, and Sycamore. The Academy has partnered with Northern Illinois University’s Office of Continuing Professional Education and the Center for Non-Governmental Organization Leadership and Development (NGOLD), the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership, and Prairie State College in responding to the demand for increased services and workshops throughout the region.


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