Business and Workforce Opportunities

Workforce Development

Now is the time to prepare for upcoming job opportunities on Central 70 and other local infrastructure projects. Join us to learn the best ways to qualify for, find, and keep a career in construction:

  • Learn about upcoming projects and hiring opportunities
  • Talk with people working in craft or office positions on how they built their success
  • Learn about industry pathways and advancement
  • Get connected to local training partners or resources to help you grow your skills

To register, contact 303-352-5028 (se habla espanol)

Community Organization Sessions

Hosting Org Date Time Address
Focus Points 1/31/16 5:30 pm
Colorado Construction Institute 2/16/16 6:00 pm 445 West 53rd Place, Denver, CO 80216
Mi Casa Resource Center 3/7/17 6:00 pm 3334 Holly Street, Denver, CO 80216
DHA-Quigg Newton 6/15/17 1 pm 4440 Navajo Street, Denver, CO 80211

Workforce System Sessions

Hosting Org Date Time Address
Eastside Workforce Services 2/22/17 8:30 - 10:30 am 3815 Steele Street, Denver, CO Room 1032
DIA/DEN Workforce Center 4/4/17 1 - 2:30 pm Room to be determined
Adams County Workforce & Business Center 4/26/17 1 - 3 pm 3155 N. Chambers Road, Unit C
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CDOT has actively engaged workforce agencies, educational institutions, as well as local non-profit organizations for feedback and discussions in an effort to establish an exceptional workforce development program. This includes assisting community partners in support job-readiness, training, and supportive services program that will assist individuals in a variety of professions.

New Federal Funding Available!

In June of 2016 the Federal Highway Administration announced that Colorado was one of only eight states selected to receive additional funding for job training. These federal grants focus specifically on supporting innovative, nationally and regionally significant highway construction workforce development programs that target specific workforce needs across the country and build ladders of opportunity to the middle class for American workers. The $400,000 grant will be used to recruit, train, and provide supportive services to prospective job seekers for the Central 70 Project. Details of the training and supportive services program will be developed in the coming months.

Supporting the Local Workforce


On Sept. 8, CDOT met with a group of local stakeholders for a workforce development roundtable.

The Central 70 project is anticipated to provide a variety of employment opportunities from skilled craft positions to administrative support. CDOT is working to maximize these opportunities for Colorado’s workforce through several efforts. 

Local Hiring

CDOT has received approval from the Federal Highway Administration to set a local hiring goal for the Project. This is a new pilot program established by the US Department of Transportation and the first time in CDOT history that such a goal will be applied on a project. CDOT staff is working to establish a local hiring goal (currently proposed at 760,000 hours) and associated implementation criteria. A comprehensive workforce assessment prepared by the Community College of Denver helped to inform the local hire goal and geographic area.

Specific goals for DBE and Emerging Small Businesses (ESB) will be set for the Central 70 project. These goals will apply both to the construction period and to the 30-year operating and maintenance period. Draft goals (provided in the table below) have been included in the current version of the Request for Proposal for the project.

On-the-Job Training

On-the-job training (OJT) is an official USDOT program targeted to move women, minorities, and disadvantaged individuals into journey-level positions to ensure that a competent workforce is available to meet highway construction hiring needs, and to address the historical under-representation of these groups in highway construction skilled crafts. CDOT’s contract with the Central 70 Developer will include an On-the-Job Training (OJT) goal (currently proposed at 200,000 hours). 

Small & Disadvantaged Businesses

 The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) program that seeks to ensure nondiscrimination and create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for USDOT-assisted contracts.

Specific goals for DBE and Emerging Small Businesses (ESB) will be set for the Central 70 project. These goals will apply both to the construction period and to the 30-year operating and maintenance period. Draft goals (provided in the table below) have been included in the current version of the Request for Proposal for the project.

CDOT encourages eligible businesses to start the certification process now to become a DBE-certified business. More information is available at:

CDOT has selected four developer teams to submit proposals to design, build, finance, operate and maintain Central 70. CDOT will choose a single developer team in the Fall 2016. In order to begin connecting Colorado’s small business community with these teams, CDOT held a small business networking event with the four teams on Oct. 22, 2015, which was attended by nearly 300 people. Information on additional networking events will be provided here as they are scheduled.

Small and disadvantaged businesses interested in contacting the four shortlisted teams during the procurement process can download each team’s contact information.

Emerging Small Business Program (ESB)

Additionally, interested businesses may apply for certification in CDOT’s Emerging Small Business (ESB) Program. The ESB Program is a CDOT program that aims to help small businesses acquire the knowledge, experience and resources needed to participate on CDOT construction, professional service and research contracts. Additional resources are available through Connect2DOT and the Emerging Small Business Program.

Connect2DOT is a partnership between the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and CDOT designed to help small businesses in the transportation industry become more competitive and successful in bidding and contracting with CDOT and other local transportation agencies. Connect2DOT has worked with CDOT to host a series of webinars for small businesses. Find out more at:

Industry Forum

The Colorado Department of Transportation held an Industry Forum for the Central 70 Project on March 11-12, 2015 at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado.

The Central 70 project proposes to bring major improvements to one of the region's most critical highway segments. The Industry Forum was an opportunity to showcase the proposed Central 70 Project, explore creative approaches to project development, and seek early input from attendees on procurement design and cost saving ideas.  Because the Central 70 Project is one of the largest transportation projects in the country, the Forum attracted a wide array of participants including global contractors and developers, engineering and design firms, investors and lenders and local, DBE, and specialty contractors.

For general questions about the Forum or the Central 70 project, please contact Rebecca White at [email protected].

Click here for the Forum presentation and Attendee list.

The Industry Forum was a critical step in the process to determine a funding and procurement plan for the proposed Central 70 project. A funding plan is a required element of the Record of Decision, which is the document that completes the I-70 East Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Industry Forum does not preclude or circumvent the outcome of the ongoing EIS for I-70 East.

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