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Over 300 DBEs, small businesses and resource partners participated in a daylong program

program in partnership with Marketplace PHL and has achieved ACDBE

Industry Day panelists Joe Jackson of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport (middle) and Michael Russell of H.J. Russell & Company (right) talk with George Hilliard of the Pete Mitchell Insurance Company after a breakout session on forming joint ventures.

The Industry Day event aligns specifically with the strategic plan objective of creating a robust outreach program to provide the community with information on opportunities to work with and for the Authority. The event is the brainchild of Jack Thomas, JMAA Director of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Community Development. Thomas’ vision for the program was to bring DBEs, small businesses and large businesses together with JMAA decision makers, other regional airports, and resources that can provide assistance in helping them succeed. In addition to presentations from the participating airports, the event featured a tradeshow with representatives from many community resources, including: Mississippi Chapter of the Associated Building Contractors, Associated General Contractors of America, U.S Small Business Administration, the federal Office of Contract Compliance, local banks and other JMAA business partners. The Industry Day program also provided the business community with a variety of workshop sessions designed to help companies grow and do business in the

airport industry. Session titles included: How to do Business with Rental Car Companies; What’s a Joint Venture and How Can it Help Me Grow My Business; Proposal Preparation; and How to Fulfill Bonding and Insurance Requirements. JMAA used the event as an avenue to share detailed information about capital projects taking place at the airport beginning in 2017. The projects include: a new consolidated rental car facility currently under design; a project to install a new parking access and revenue control system beginning in early 2017; and a runway rehabilitation project also beginning in 2017. Additional projects in the five-year plan include: an upper roadway vehicular bridge project; a security checkpoint reconfiguration project; a terminal upgrade; carpet and paint project; and a restroom improvement project. Implementing a successful Industry Day program was one of over 20 action items identified for the DBE Program in the strategic plan. JMAA developed the comprehensive list of actions to identify the specific actions necessary to create an

participation of over 35% exemplary program to ensure access and opportunity for DBE firms. For example, an internally-focused action plan is to launch an initiative titled “Deriving Value from Inclusion” or “Moving from Diversity to Inclusion” to educate staff on strategies to maximize opportunities for DBEs. Externally-focused action plans include specific numeric targets for improvement in the level of participation from DBE firms. One target is to increase the inclusion of diverse suppliers by 3 percent annually as a part of the strategic sourcing and procurement process. Regarding DBE certification, the strategic plan describes several steps JMAA will take to improve its certification process. The steps include plans to acknowledge receipt of certification applications within three days of receipt; conduct site visits within 30 days of receipt of a complete certification application; provide regulatory DBE information—including DBE eligibility criteria—on the JMAA website; and to provide current lists and/ or links to lists of certified firms on the JMAA website.

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American DBE Magazine - Spring 2017  

American DBE Magazine is a quarterly digital and print publication dedicated to increasing business diversity and inclusion in the transport...

American DBE Magazine - Spring 2017  

American DBE Magazine is a quarterly digital and print publication dedicated to increasing business diversity and inclusion in the transport...