Mayor Emanuel Launches Historic Streetlight Modernization Program
The City made it a priority to ensure that the selected vendor relies on a diverse lineup of subcontractors and that City residents will have access to the jobs created through the Smart Lighting Project. More than half of the light fixtures installed in the first year will be assembled at a plant in the City of Chicago, and Ameresco has committed to using City residents to perform at least 50 percent of the work hours on the project. Additionally, Ameresco has pledged to exceed the City’s Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise Participation Goals. At least half of the employees for the asset condition assessment phase of the program are graduates from CPS and City Colleges of Chicago vocational programs and/or ex-offender programs.