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
Small Business Engagement Manager
City of Phoenix Aviation Department

Committee Secretary
Deborah McElroy
(202) 293-8090

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Press Releases

Airports Council Welcomes New Independent Research on Airport Infrastructure Investment

WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North American (ACI-NA) today welcomed independent analysis calling for Congress to modernize the Passenger Facility Charge local user fee to spur much needed investment […]

AVL’s Lew Bleiweis Becomes Airports Council Chair

WASHINGTON – Following his election in September 2019, Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority Executive Director Lew S. Bleiweis, A.A.E., became Chair of Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) on […]

James C. Cherry Named 2019 Downes Award Recipient by Airports Council

TAMPA, FL – Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) announced that James (Jim) Cherry has been named the recipient of the 2019 Williams E. Downes, Jr. Memorial Award.  The Downes Award, […]

Events

ACI-NA Commentary on Business Diversity

GSP Leads Efforts to Hire South Carolina Veterans

Independence Day is more than fireworks and cookouts.  It’s a special day we celebrate liberty and those who have helped secure the freedom we cherish today. Honoring our veterans is […]

LAX CEO: We Need to Bring the Passenger Facility Charge Back to its Original Buying Power

Last week, Los Angeles World Airports Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint addressed the Washington Aero Club at a lunch event in Washington, D.C. In her speech, Flint described Los Angeles […]

Infrastructure Week 2019: 20th Century Airports in a 21st Century World

Today marks the official start to Infrastructure Week 2019, the long-celebrated week each year when the infrastructure community comes together and engages in a broad conversation about the importance of […]

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