Related Midwest Receives the AACA’s Developer of the Year Award

by Chicago Agent


Related Midwest’s South Loop Luxury development was among the reasons for its AACA award.

The African American Contractors Association (AACA) has awarded Related Midwest its “Outstanding Real Estate Developer of the Year” award at its 20th Annual Membership and Awards Reception.

In addition to Related Midwest’s long-standing support of the AACA, the award also acknowledged the company’s past work in Chicago with small and disadvantaged African American firms, including subcontracting with construction, engineering and materials supplier companies on successful large-scale projects throughout the city.

Most recently, Related Midwest has subcontracted with several African American contractors on South Loop Luxury by Related and Parkway Gardens.

Don Biernacki, senior vice president and head of construction at Related Midwest, said the company’s relationship with the AACA is one of shared values.

“We share the AACA’s commitment to the development of African American contractor businesses in this industry, and are proud to have partnered with a number of excellent firms in our work in Chicago, Biernacki said. “We look forward to continuing these relationships and forging news ones through our portfolio of current and future projects.”

Curt Bailey, president of Related Midwest, said such entrepreneurial support gets to the heart of both Chicago’s economy and the construction industry.

“Small and minority-owned businesses play an incredibly important role in Chicago’s economy as well as the local construction industry,” Bailey said. “As one of Chicago’s most active real estate developers, we’re pleased to be able to work with organizations like the AACA, and we’re eager to provide additional opportunities for the firms they support.”

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