July 2013
Office of Economic Development
Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Disparity Study Completed

In July 2013, Denver's Office of Economic Development's Division of Small Business Opportunities contracted with MGT of America to conduct a disparity study on minority- and women-owned businesses and companies certified as disadvantaged business enterprises (M/W/DBE).  The work plan fully analyzed availability and utilization of M/W/DBEs in the City's procurement practices.

This availability and disparity study analyzed three categories of contracting opportunities to identify whether a statistical disparity exists between contracts awarded to non-M/W/DBEs and certified M/W/DBEs from which may be inferred that past or present public or private discrimination exists in the local market. 

The Marketplace at DIA

The study areas include award and procurement of construction and construction-related professional services contracts awarded by Denver's Department of Public Works, Department of General Services, Department of Aviation, and other City departments and agencies. A portion of the report appraised the award and procurement of concession-related goods and services contracts at Denver International Airport, and procurement of services by the City's Department of General Services Purchasing Division.  Provided services included in the study are general business, building management and maintenance, parking, communication equipment, security, maintenance and repair, and waste management. 

The Division of Small Business Opportunities will host two open forums where MGT of America will present and discuss the study's findings. The forums are scheduled for Thursday, August 8, at Mitchell Elementary School from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.  Companies wishing to do business with Denver and Denver International Airport are invited to attend.

Dan Poremba
DIA Welcomes Dan Poremba as Managing Director of "Airport City" Development

Dan Poremba, who began work in early July, will lead collaborative Airport City planning and development with numerous public and private sector stakeholders. They will work in concert to prepare several analyses as the basis of the DIA Airport City development strategy: market, economic, financial, and feasibility analysis, as well as branding, benchmarking, infrastructure, transportation, physical planning, and urban design analysis.

Let's welcome Dan in his role to further rev-up the economic engine that Denver International Airport has become for this region.  

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Bagels and a Schmear

Colorado's newest Einstein Bros. Bagels and its operator underline the vibrant Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programming at Denver International Airport. Open as of July 1, 2013, in Jeppesen Terminal on the east side of Level 6, this second DIA Einstein's location exemplifies the airport's efforts and Denver's Office of Economic Development Division of Small Business Opportunity's (DSBO) continued success with ensuring small and disadvantaged businesses have a "seat at the table" in the lucrative world of aviation commerce.

Airport employees, passengers, and the public now enjoy a new choice of food options in the terminal. The same holds true for the ACDBE operators—but they also enjoy the financial benefits of serving consumers at Denver International Airport. 

The terminal Einstein Bros. Bagels location is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and features a wide-ranging menu that includes artisan roasted coffee, signature sandwiches, muffins, juices, and bagels in a variety of flavors—sourdough, blueberry, Asiago cheese, sesame, and others.

For more information about becoming certified as an ACDBE or to learn of other DSBO-certification opportunities please contact the DIA Commerce Hub at DIACommerceHub@flydenver.com or by calling (303) 342-2351.

DIA's Concourse B Has Two New Women's Clothing and Fashion Accessories Businesses

Tuleh Ruche, in the center core of Concourse B, sells name-brand items, so expect to see merchandise—such as jackets, sweaters, "eco-chic" cotton tops and tees, scarves, and vintage-style jewelry—labeled Vera Bradley, Swarovski, Elle, Sweet Romance, Brighton Collectibles, John Atencio, Free People, Love Quotes, Michael Kors, Juicy Couture, Pandora, or Ann Klein.

Tags Evolution, in Concourse B's west corridor, is now operating near Gate B29. Tags Evolution offers women's jewelry, leather bags, and fashion accessories, such as optical wear and watches. Tags also has a complete line of private-label leather goods. DIA is rapidly propelling new business concepts into the forefront of the consumers' purchasing interests and needs.

"Contractor Conversations" Taking Off via DIA Commerce Hub

Entrepreneurs who want to do business at Denver International Airport often have contracting questions and want to know how to navigate their firm through DIA's start-up process, and these topics are the key priorities for the "Contractor Conversations" contractor group.

Contractor Conversations aims to provide a more transparent and instructive business environment for our construction community, with a focus on small and minority local business firms. Conversations tackle one topic at a time.

The first monthly Contractor Conversations meeting was held in May this year. The conversations are intended to be casual and informative, specific to contractors' experiences at DIA, and supportive of their efforts to succeed as they complete their projects.

In June, we hosted several DIA contractors and heard from DIA Contracts Manager Michelle Maddox.  Payment applications, processing structure, and Labor Compliance Program (LCP) Tracker were the focus of the conversation.  Vern Fernandez, project manager for Meza Construction, said, "I have received valuable insight into DIA processes through attending these past two meetings, and can see that DIA is sincere about working through their practices to assist the community of contractors."

The next Contractor Conversations meeting will be Thursday, July 25, at the DIA WorldPort, 24735 E. 75 Ave., Suite 104. The WordPort complex is south of Peña Boulevard (take the Gun Club Road exit). The conversation will be about pay, prevailing wage, and LCP Tracker. In attendance will be DIA contracts manager, Steve Campbell, Auditor's Office contract compliance analyst, Robert Merritt, and Valerie Ramirez, prevailing-wage auditor.

For information on Contractor Conversations, please call Alicia Avila, DIA business liaison, at (303) 342-2346.

Textura-CPM Will Be Used on all Future Projects Procured through DIA’s Planning and Development Division

Denver International Airport is including a special condition in all future construction contracts. This condition requires the use of the Textura Corporation’s Construction Payment Management System (Textura-CPM®).

DIA, along with the City and County of Denver, has adopted Textura-CPM — a collaborative, Web-based system to speed-up pay application processing and payments to Denver’s contractor community. The system streamlines the payment procedure from invoice submission and compliance management to lien waiver exchange and payment processing. Textura-CPM increases efficiency, reduces risk, and lowers costs by automating and standardizing an entirely manual process.

The requirement is effective for all projects let after Oct. 1, 2013, and applies to all general contractors, specialty contractors, subcontractors and possibly suppliers on the project. There is a fee to use the system, so all contractors who do work for DIA should familiarize themselves with the system and its fees before submitting their next bid or proposal.

DIA has teamed with Textura Corporation to host an informational seminar, which is designed to help contractors understand how the system works and also develop estimates of the fee to include in future bids or proposals. The seminars are scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, 2013, and Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at WorldPort, located at 24735 East 75th Avenue, Denver, Colo., (near DIA’s cargo carrier facilities).

For more information on Textura and future trainings, please visit: http://www.denvergov.org/constructioncontracts/ ContractAdministration/BiddingProcess/ ConstructionPaymentManagement/tabid/443165/Default.aspx

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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