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Published on : Thursday, April 21, 2016
The Inclusion Champion award, ACI-NA’s top honor for exceptional achievement in promoting and sustaining diversity, was given to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) because of its proactive and innovative steps to successfully achieve minority inclusion in its business contracts, workforce and employee development through a sustainable model. MDAD received the award at ACI-NA’s 2016 Business of Airports Conference in Orlando on April 5.
“We are honored to be recognized by Mayor Gimenez, Commission Chairman Jean Monestime, Commissioner Sosa and the entire Board of County Commissioners for our commitment to business and workplace diversity,” said Director González. “We proudly continue to provide opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses, and to include them in the growth of Florida’s largest economic engine.”
MDAD won the award in large part because of its extensive and innovative outreach programs for small and minority-owned businesses. Because of its efforts, small businesses accounted for $202.7 million, or 17.1 percent, of its $1.1 billion in contracts in fiscal year 2015. Additionally, small business concessions generated $158 million in gross sales in FY 2015, which accounted for 35.1 percent of MIA’s $450.4 million in total gross sales. Additionally, MDAD’s Maintenance Contractor Program has grown to 42 small and minority-owned contractors since it was launched as a pilot program in 2014, and is expected to increase to 60 companies within the next 18 months.
ACI-NA is one of many national organizations to honor MIA for business diversity and inclusion. The airport was a nominee for the Airport Minority Advisory Council’s Catalyst Award in 2015, in recognition of its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation for architecture and engineering contracts. An audit by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General in 2014 also ranked MIA third among all U.S. airports in 2014 for contracts with new small businesses.
ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. More than 340 aviation-related businesses are also members of the association, which is the largest of the five worldwide regions of Airports Council International.