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
Valerie Churchwell
Senior Policy Advisor
City of Phoenix

Committee Secretary
Deborah McElroy
(202) 293-8090

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Press Releases

Airports Council Awards 2021 Leon C. Watkins “Guardian Award” for Excellence in Business Diversity to Philadelphia’s Kathleen Padilla

WASHINGTON – Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) today announced the recipient of the 2021 ACI-NA Leon C. Watkins “Guardian Award” for Excellence in Business Diversity: Kathleen Padilla, deputy director of […]

Airports Council Announces Winners of the 2021 Inclusion Champion Awards

WASHINGTON – Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today announced the recipients of the 2021 ACI-NA Inclusion Champion […]

Airports Council Welcomes Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

ACI-NA today welcomed the announcement of a bipartisan infrastructure framework that includes $25 billion in new airport infrastructure investment.

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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