FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Chicago, IL – Following the first successful procurement outreach summit that welcomed registration from more than 200 individuals, the Chicago Host Committee and the 2024 Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today released three requests for proposal (RFP) for Event Architect, Event Management, and Exposition Services. The RFPs can be found on the Host Committee website, www.chicago2024.com.
The Event Architect, Event Management, and Exposition Services teams will support the DNCC’s Venue Operations team and be responsible for developing the necessary infrastructure to execute the convention at the United Center, including all planning and modifications within the arena, and the restoration of the venue following the convention.
“Today’s Event Contractors Outreach Summit represents another successful step towards the Host Committee and DNCC’s goal of recruiting diverse, local talent,” said Host Committee Executive Director Christy George. “The Convention requires a large array of services, and we look forward to engaging with, and drawing upon, the vast talent network across Chicago.”
“The three requests for proposal released today will play key roles in supporting our Venue Operations team and executing a successful convention,”said DNCC Executive Director Alex Hornbrook. “The DNCC and Host Committee will continue to work with our partners across the city and state to prepare the United Center, McCormick Place, and the City of Chicago for the 2024 Democratic National Convention.”
The Event Architect will serve as a key partner to the planning team by building the plans for all convention installations. The Event Management coordinates and manages all activity within the primary convention venue. The Exposition Services contractor is responsible for the provision and coordination of all the temporary furniture, fixtures, and equipment necessary within convention spaces.
Additional RFPs related to construction, power, and sustainability management are expected to be released in the coming weeks.
The DNCC will evaluate requests for proposal based on numerous criteria, including but not limited to: experience, reliability, costs, relationships to Chicago and the surrounding region, participation of union labor, women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.
The Host Committee and DNCC are committed to building an inclusive and diverse Convention, ensuring businesses and citizens from all over Chicago have the opportunity to benefit economically from the Convention, and utilizing the best of Chicago’s and Illinois’ local businesses across a range of service sectors.