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Small business interest sought for New Orleans International project

The New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) and City of New Orleans are seeking community business interest in the development of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Both are encouraging encouraging DBEs (disadvantage business enterprises) to participate in the new $650 million North Terminal project.

Since the January announcement of the plans for a new terminal, officials have hosted two DBE outreach sessions to inform and encourage local DBE participation.

Outreach events have offered the opportunity for local and small businesses to hear first-hand the process for bidding the work and the opportunities that will be available through the prime contractors that were required to attend the pre-submittal conference.

Businesses were given the opportunity set up tables to meet with DBEs about the specific opportunities that will be available throughout the four-year project.

The terminal is set to open ahead of the 300th anniversary of New Orleans in May 2018.

Iftikhar Ahmad, director of aviation, says: “We are very pleased with the interest in our terminal project, which has been quite obvious by the amazing turnout to our informational meetings.

“It is the intention of the board and city to hold these types of meetings on a regular schedule so our local community can be part of building the new North Terminal project.”

Representatives from Parsons Brinkerhoff, the project consultant, have recently reviewed the construction programme details, including the schedule, programme phases, terminal review, landside review and airside review.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, explains: “The new terminal is the most exciting major development in the New Orleans region. As a result, our local residents will have new jobs and our businesses will have unmatched opportunities to expand.

“From the start, we have made it a priority to educate businesses about bid selection and approval in an attempt to make the process transparent and give DBEs an opportunity to compete.”

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