The Business Diversity Committee (BDC) is committed to developing proactive outreach and educational programs that provide a forum to discuss diversity issues and promoting best practices.  The Committee monitors changes in legislation, regulatory requirements, and business practices affecting disadvantaged business enterprises (“DBE”), airport concessions disadvantaged business enterprises (“ACDBE”) and female, minority and small (F/M/S) businesses at airports.  It contributes to ACI-NA policy recommendations on DBE/ACDBE/F/M/S business issues, as well as, promotes successful airport DBE/ACDBE/F/M/S/ business programs. The BDC is further committed to demonstrating that diversity is a good business practice in that it promotes supplier competition and helps develop an airport business environment and workforce that is reflective of the community in which it operates.

Leadership

Chair
Thiané Carter

Director of Small Business Programs
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

Committee Secretary
Deborah McElroy
(202) 293-8090

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Press Releases

Airports Council Statement on Airport Selection under 5G Deal

The list of airports put forward by the FAA is largely irrelevant because the entire aviation system is about to be adversely impacted by this poorly planned and coordinated expansion of 5G service in and around airports.

Airports Council Announces Staff Promotions

Among several staff announcements, Annie Russo has been named ACI-NA’s Chief Political and Congressional Strategy Officer, a new position for the organization. 

Kelowna International’s Sam Samaddar Becomes Chair of Airports Council

Samaddar was elected to the position in November 2021 and succeeds outgoing Chair Lew S. Bleiweis, A.A.E., Executive Director of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority.

Events

ACI-NA Commentary on Business Diversity

Looking Forward One Year In

By Kevin M. Burke, President and CEO, ACI-NA Now at the one-year milestone of widespread travel and local restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we are reminded that […]

ACI-NA Remembers Late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Her Contribution to the Airport Industry

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion of women’s rights and a leader in creating a more equitable system of justice in the United States. Her sharp intellect and […]

Americans Are Starting to Fly Again

States around the country are taking their first steps to safely reopen our economy and to start rebuilding a sense of normal life. This Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial [...]

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