Connections – July 12, 2017

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message from the president


Dear Members and Friends:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a total of $335.3 million airport infrastructure grants under its Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to 237 airports across the country. AIP funds airport infrastructure projects such as runways, taxiways, airport signage, lighting and markings, in turn providing thousands of job opportunities.
U.S. airports are huge economic drivers. As long-term safety and economic vitality investments occur, we encourage you to explore how you can elevate your business and participate in these upcoming contracting opportunities. To stay up to date on AIP grant announcements, click here.


Krystal J. Brumfield
President & CEO
Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)

Upcoming Events

Midway Partnership Construction and Vendor Outreach Event

Learn about opportunities with upcoming capital projects and concessions operations at MDW, made possible by the Midway Modernization Program. The program was introduced as an investment into the expansion of the security checkpoint and parking garage, and a complete renovation and expansion of dining and retail space at the airport by 2020.
UIC Forum
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

8th Annual FAA National Civil Rights Training Conference for Airports

Government and Industry experts will be providing FREE training, guidance, technical assistance, and regulatory updates in the following airport civil rights program areas: Airport Accessibility, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program and Title VI including Limited English Proficiency/Environmental Justice

Holiday Inn Capitol
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - Thursday, August 3, 2017
7:30 am - 5:00 pm


Supplier Diversity Day

Broward College has partnered with the State of Florida Department of Management Services to bring this special event that will feature panel discussions to address barriers faced by small, minority and women-owned businesses in public contracting and matchmaking; plus networking one-on-one sessions with exhibitors.

Omni Auditorium Broward College North Campus
Friday, August 25, 2017
11 am - 3:15 pm


foundation focus

Celebrating Women in Aviation Breakfast

Thella F. Bowens, Ret. San Diego International Airport President & CEO, keynoted our Celebrating Women in Aviation Breakfast during our 2017 Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference: The Magic of Flight. Ms. Bowens has more than 25 years of experience in the aviation field, including leadership positions at Kansas City's Aviation Department and Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport.


membership corner

AMAC Catalyst Award Honoree Julius Davis

AMAC Catalyst Award honoree Julius Davis is President and CEO at VoltAir Consulting Engineers.  Davis recently received the Small Business Partner Award, which recognizes a business owner who has demonstrated support for AMAC's mission and goals and has had a significant impact on their community and the workforce.

Aviation Career Services Is Expanding Its Commitment to "Elevating the Industry"

ACS has begun a multi-phased rollout with DuPage Airport Authority (DAA) on a new and exciting Professional Development Program aimed to develop the industry's future leaders.

Port of Seattle Tests Robot Technology to Speed Security Line

Passengers departing from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) might see a robot reminding passengers to remove items such as scarves, light jackets and belts and empty their pockets before going through screening.



Hartsfield-Jackson Named Most Efficient Airport for 14th Consecutive Year

For the 14th straight year, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) was honored with an Efficiency Excellence Award from the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS).




Access Your New Prescription Drug Savings Card Today

We're happy to present you with a new member benefit - a WellCardRx prescription drug savings card for each of our members. You can use it by printing the card or simply downloading the app for your smartphone.
Whether you have insurance or not, this prescription discount card can be beneficial, especially if you have a high deductible to pay on your insurance plan. It's not insurance, but it can give you significant savings on your prescriptions and more. Your WellCardRx discount card features:
  • Instant savings on most prescription drugs
  • Access to more than 59,000 pharmacies nationwide
  • All family members can use the card
  • No limits and no expiration date
  • No pre-existing condition exclusions
  • Bonus savings on dental and hearing care
To take advantage of this new benefit, get your card here:

For more information, click here or contact Tom Wyss at or 804.273.9797 x2000.


aviation news

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $105.3 Million in Infrastructure Grants to 133 Airports

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the Federal Aviation Administration will award $105.3 million in airport infrastructure grants to 133 airports.


U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $230 Million in Infrastructure Grants to 104 Airports

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the Federal Aviation Administration will award $230 million in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants for 104 airports.


U.S. Job Growth Picks Up the Pace, but Wages Lag Behind

Automobile sales may be slowing, e-commerce is putting the squeeze on bricks-and-mortar stores and overall economic growth is limp, but the labor market has nevertheless managed to charge ahead.


Denver International Airport Continues Record-Setting Passenger Trend In May

Denver International Airport (DEN) had its busiest May in the airport's history, with more than 5.2 million passengers. This marks the 21st-consecutive month of record-setting passenger traffic, and the first May to surpass 5 million passengers.




legislative update

House and Senate Release Competing Aviation Authorization Bills

On Thursday June 29th, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved with bipartisan support a bill to reauthorize federal aviation programs for four years. After the adoption of several amendments to a manger's package, the bill was advanced unanimously by voice vote. The measure, which chose to exclude language that would privatize ATC operations, was moved through committee with little contention and now moves to a floor vote. Amendments adopted into the underlying bill included language to develop an airline passengers bill or rights, permit the use of PFC funds for security purposes, allow for different ways of accumulating 1,500 hours of flight training, expand waiver authority and extend UAS test site programs, allow for remote tower programs within the Contract Tower program, strengthen consumer protections for passengers with disabilities, and require a rule making on supersonic travel.



jobs/BIDS board

The AMAC Job/Bid Board is a nationwide listing of active upcoming job openings and bid opportunities across the country. If you represent a government, public or private organization that would like to post opportunities, click here or contact us at