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Thomas believes having a comprehensive listing of the DBE Program’s objectives and strategic action plans helps to support the overall program and drives the program’s significance throughout the entire organization. He said: “The strategic plan sets the tone for the entire organization, and it is referenced time and time again during our internal and external meetings. It is a living document that changes, but the underlying goals and objectives remain the same. As a result, the goal and objectives of the DBE Program remain viable, yet flexible enough to adapt to the needs of the organization and the businesses we serve.” JMAA’s level of inclusion for the DBE Program, as part of management’s core functions, only comes to fruition through the support of the organization’s leadership. “Our goal is to ensure fair and equitable opportunities for the DBE community across Mississippi,” said Carl D. Newman, Chief Operating

A conference participant poses a question to the panel at the JMAA Industry Day program.

Representatives from Kimley-Horn Engineering participate in the exhibit hall of the JMAA Industry Day program.

Officer for the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. “We have implemented our Strategic Plan 2021, which includes both internal and external action items, which aim to generate more vital information and create more opportunities for DBE firms.”

certified in the state of Mississippi and to complete the JMAA vendor registration process. He also advises firms to actively monitor the JMAA website for upcoming projects and bidding opportunities, and to actively participate in future outreach efforts. Information about these opportunities is available at http://jmaa. com/resources/dbe.

Thomas encourages DBEs interested in opportunities at JMAA to become

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...