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November 10, 2009

Governor Quinn Appoints Director to Boost Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses
Darryl Harris Will Focus on Outreach, Contracting Efforts

CHICAGO – November 10, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn has named Darryl Harris the state’s Director of Diversity Enhancement, a new position dedicated to improving statewide opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses, especially in construction programs. Harris previously served as the Deputy Director of Operations for the Capital Development Board (CDB).

“Ensuring that we create plenty of opportunities and work for these important businesses is a priority for our state and our economy,” said Governor Quinn. “Darryl Harris brings a stellar record of accomplishment, and I look forward to his help in this vital effort.”

At the Capital Development Board, Harris oversaw the agency’s daily operations, including the Fair Employment Practices unit. That group administers the CDB’s Minority Business Enterprise and Female Business Enterprise programs and outreach initiatives. Additionally, Harris oversaw the development and implementation of over $3 billion in capital projects.

The CDB is the construction management arm of state government. The CDB oversees the design and construction of new schools, higher education facilities, public safety centers, museums and historic sites, state recreation areas, health centers, office buildings and prisons.

“I am honored that Governor Quinn has named me Director of Diversity Enhancement and I look forward to advancing his goals for minority- and women-owned enterprises,” said Harris. “Throughout my career, I have worked to ensure that the jobs created by construction projects match the incredible diversity of our state and will continue that important work.”

Harris began his career with the CDB is 1987 with an internship through the Illinois Minority Internship Program. He then served the agency as a Capital Analyst, Senior Capital Analyst, Executive Manager and Administrator of Capital Programs. Harris has a Bachelor and Master of Criminal Law Administration from Western Illinois University and currently lives in Springfield with his wife and two children. (Background Information)


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