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City of Springfield to host Grant Avenue Parkway industry meeting and disadvantaged business mixer

The City of Springfield will host an industry meeting for general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals to learn about the three-stage process to determine a successful design-build proposal for the Grant Avenue Parkway roadway improvement project.

The virtual industry meeting will be hosted at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 1, immediately followed by a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) mixer.

During the meeting, the City will review the Grant Avenue Parkway Request for Qualifications (RFQ), outline a timeline for Request for Proposals (RFP), discuss project goals and provide additional project information.

Following the meeting, the City will enter Stage 1 of the process, requesting statements of qualification from interested proposers. Stage 1 RFQ documents including procedures for submitting statements of qualification will be posted to the project website and available for download at

Included as part of the meeting will be a DBE mixer to introduce DBEs to industry contractors. Participants will be provided the opportunity to share a brief overview of their firm and qualifications. The intent of the DBE mixer is to provide opportunities to businesses owned and operated by socially or economically disadvantaged individuals.

“Not only is outreach to disadvantaged businesses a requirement of the Federal BUILD grant funding, but it’s also a commitment of the City of Springfield in all construction projects and truly is key to the inclusive, community focus at the heart of this improvement project,” said Public Works Director Dan Smith.

The City is committed to providing opportunities to DBE prime, general and subcontractors and encourages such business enterprises to submit responses in this process. A DBE goal for 10% Construction Activities and 12% for Professional Services has been established for the project.

Firms interested in attending the Industry Meeting and DBE Mixer are encouraged to fill out an interest form. Follow-up participation details will be provided.  

Questions regarding the meeting can be directed to project manager Leree Reese at or 417-864-2069.