April 2014
Join us for AMAC's 2014 Airport Business Diversity Conference in Denver

There is still time to register for the Airport Minority Advisory Council's Airport Business Diversity Conference, which Denver International Airport is hosting June 8-10, 2014. We will be marking the conference's 30-year anniversary and hope you can join the celebration.

DIA is proud to co-host the event with AMAC, which is the nation's only non-profit trade organization dedicated to promoting the full participation of Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Small Business Enterprises in airport contracting and employment opportunities. AMAC assists airports and their business partners in achieving diversity goals that are mandated by federal regulations, and in doing so, help airports develop stronger ties to the communities they serve.

AMAC represents thousands of individuals involved in federally funded and federally assisted contracting, ranging from minority and women business owners to government officials, airports, airport employees, and large majority-owned corporations.

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This year, the 30th anniversary of AMAC's first assembly of airport and business representatives will have several marquee events.

Be sure you attend conference panel discussions. Topics include: regional economic forecasts; legislative and policy updates; opportunities in construction and concessions; non-traditional opportunities; and a "business matchmaking" session.

"We are excited to celebrate the 30th year of hosting the Airport's Business Diversity Conference," said AMAC President Shelby M. Scales. "Our founding members and servant leaders are to be celebrated along with highlighting the many significant legislative milestones that have supported minority and women businesses in the aviation industry."

Come and join this powerhouse networking event and see exhibits geared to increasing the visibility and marketability of aviation business opportunities.

To register for the conference, visit http://www.amac-org.com/divcon.html
This year's conference will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Conference hotel and group rates are available through May 16.

For more information about AMAC, visit www.amac-org.com or call (703) 414-2622.

Business Tip

Firms interested in providing construction, construction-related professional services or other goods and services to existing concessionaries at Denver International Airport can use the airport's online resources to help connect to potential business opportunities. On the Concessions–Business Opportunities Web page on DIA's Business Center Website (choose the Concessions menu item), follow the Corporate Contacts link in the Our Concessionaires box, which contains contact information for concession operators in the terminal building and concourses. Click on the Resource Materials for Proposers link (first column on Concessions–Business Opportunities page) to see the General Contractors Interested in Tenant Projects menu item under Resource Documents. This listing shows businesses that are prepared to compete for tenant finish contracts. For more information call the DIA Commerce Hub Office at (303) 342-2351 or at DIACommerceHub@flydenver.com.

DIA Hosts the 2014 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning Design and Construction Symposium

In February 2014, DIA's Airport Infrastructure Management Division joined with the Airport Consultants Council and American Association of Airport Executives to host the Airport Planning Design and Construction Symposium.

More than 500 airport professionals of all disciplines and experience levels attended to learn about key technical challenges and solutions facing the aviation industry. Airport professionals involved in security, operations, planning, architecture, engineering, environmental services, program and construction management, and information technologies participated with consulting firms, construction companies, airlines and government agencies at this highly technical event.

Ruth Rodriguez, DIA Commerce Hub business affairs liaison (center), and Alicia Avila, DIA Commerce Hub business affairs liaison (right), provide information to a symposium attendee interested in business opportunities within DIA's Airport Infrastructure Management Division.

Workshops included a balanced mix of presentations and interactive discussions between subject-matter experts and symposium attendees on diverse topics. Plenary sessions and a keynote luncheon covered new industry trends and innovations.

Technical symposium tracks covered planning, terminal/landside, engineering/airside, and program management/construction management, with mini-tracks featuring the latest on international trends and developments in airport finance.

For information about the Airport Consultants Council please visit its Website at http://www.acconline.org.

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2013 Tax Season Ended--Be Ready for 2014

Now that you have completed entries in your business checkbook register for federal tax expenses, you can immediately begin to end tomorrow's tax preparation anxieties. Calvin W. Goings, regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, wrote in a recent article about recommended approaches to ensure you will have an agreeable upcoming tax season. Read the advice he offered to the 2013 business tax payer.

DIA's Pavement Management System

Daily, Denver International Airport's Operations and Maintenance personnel inspect the airport's six runways, numerous taxiways, and tarmac, looking for anything which might pose potential issues for aircraft, from pavement conditions to debris to wildlife.

It's a challenging task. Denver International has approximately 6 million square yards of concrete, which equates to about 150,000-plus concrete panels averaging 20 feet by 20 feet in size.

DIA pavements get a lot of use—the airport is ranked fifth worldwide in the number of aircraft takeoffs and landings. If any concrete problems are noted during inspections, they are immediately reported and repairs scheduled to begin as soon as possible.

DIA doesn't just rely on the daily inspections for maintaining its pavement infrastructure, however. Field Maintenance crews and Airport Operations personnel are always on the lookout for potential concrete problems, and every three years airport teams walk all 150,000 panels and closely look at each panel for any defects. DIA also relies on the FAA's concrete inspection team's week-long analysis, generally conducted once a year.

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On Sept. 9, 2011, crews place new concrete panels, reinforced with rebar, during DIA's Runway8/26 rehabilitation program.

To have a detailed inventory of pavement conditions and to help predict the airport's concrete lifespans, DIA collects pavement data from several sources—not only visual inspections but also core samples and a special apparatus for measuring concrete structural capacity (rolling dynamic deflectometer).

This conglomeration of information has been stored and organized by the Geospatial Airfield Pavement Evaluation and Management System (GAPEMS), which identifies individual airfield concrete panels using geospatial photography and mapping and from data entered by an inspector with a computer tablet on site. Essentially, GAPEMS maps each panel and has a record of its placement date, aggregate composition, and any structural flaws.

GAPEMS allows DIA to monitor actual versus forecasted deterioration levels and to make adjustments in maintenance planning; it enables engineering and maintenance teams to have specific information on airfield pavements and their lifespans—panel by panel.

The ultimate goals of having a top-tier pavement management system are safety—always the most important objective—and increased operational efficiency.

Earth Hour and Earth Day 2014

Denver International Airport again participated in the worldwide celebration of "Earth Hour" by turning off several prominent lights, including the illuminated DIA sign along Peña Boulevard, the sign marking Jeppesen Terminal, and the lights on the airport's Mustang statue. This is the second year that DIA has participated in Earth Hour, and employees were encouraged to turn off non-essential lights during the Earth Hour observation.

"Earth Hour is an international day of education and a call to action with regard to our responsibility and the impact of our actions on our planet," said Kim Day, Denver's manager of aviation. "We take climate change seriously and are working hard to make a difference."

Earth Day at DIA

Day said in the last year, DIA's new water-bottle-filling stations have filled the equivalent of 600,000 half-liter plastic bottles. The airport also prevented more than 710,000 gallons of aircraft deicing fluid from being released into the environment or processed as wastewater. And, for the ninth year in a row DIA was recognized as a Gold Level Environmental Leader by the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program.

DIA celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by setting up an educational and interactive booth located in the center of Jeppesen Terminal's atrium. At the booth, air travelers entered contests, received free gifts, and learned more about DIA's commitment to the environment.

Upcoming Events

DIA Commerce Hub Business Education and Support Training
"Business Tax Credits and Employee Training Subsidies"

May 9, 2014
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: DIA City Conference Room, Terminal West Level 6
8500 Peña Blvd., Denver

DIA Commerce Hub Contractor Conversations
May 29, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Location: World Port Conference Room H
24735 E. 75 Ave., Denver

Contact & Office Location

DIA Commerce Hub
Jeppesen Terminal, Level 6, West
Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(303) 342-2351
E-mail: DIACommerceHub@flydenver.com

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City & County of Denver Department of Aviation
8500 Peña Boulevard | Denver, Colorado U.S.A. | 80249-6340

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