November 2013
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Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock Announces First Large-Scale Center for Domestic Violence Victims

On Oct. 31, 2013, Mayor Hancock, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, and Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey closed out Domestic Violence Awareness Month by proclaiming it "Rose A. Andom Day" in honor of a local champion for victims of domestic violence.

Andom brings a face to the thousands of courageous victims of domestic violence in the Denver community. She is a true model of strength and perseverance. Rose believes, like the district attorney, mayor and senator that we must become a city that will not tolerate domestic violence. In Denver alone, there are more than 4,000 cases of domestic violence reported every year.

Several non-profit organizations and Ms. Andom have partnered with the city to create a collaborative center where victims can access comprehensive services in their journey to find safety from abuse. Andom is the proprietor of one of DIA’s most successful concessionaires—McDonalds. It is anticipated that the Rose Andom Center will encourage victims to seek help and break the cycle of violence.

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Rose Andom. Photo courtesy of Denver Urban Spectrum/Bernard Grant

The Rose Andom Center will be the Rocky Mountain region's first large-scale center for domestic violence victims—a place where people in great need can find safety and support and can begin to rebuild their lives. The city, in coordination with several non-profit partners, expects to develop the center by Summer 2014 at 1330 Fox St., a location close to courts and police facilities and transit.

Denver has a long and successful history of providing a coordinated response to domestic violence, and that work has now culminated in the creation of the new center.

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Bonding Program Offered Locally to Improve Opportunities for Small Business Growth

The City and County of Denver and Denver International Airport sponsored the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bonding Education Program this fall. The program was developed by Surety and Fidelity Association of America and is offered through USDOT's regional field offices across the nation.

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Industry experts delivered classes over a seven-week period to six Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Minority Business Enterprise, and Women Business Enterprise companies that were eager to increase their competitiveness for winning local, state and federal transportation-related contracts. 

The program featured a series of educational workshops in which participants learned how surety bonding relates to all aspects of their business operations and specific approaches and techniques that result in a successful bond applications.

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Business owners and program sponsors celebrated the completion of the seven-week Bonding Education Program on Nov. 6.Back row (left to right):  Joe Serna, Bonding Education Program coordinator, John Ramirez, Denver Controls Electric, Ben Williams, Five Star Companies, Heather Barry, director of business affairs, DIA.

Front row (left to right):  Tim Maley, CoWest Surety, Tony Quintana, Quintana's Landscape, Lavonna Stathes, West Central SBTRC, Joanne Brooks, Surety and Fidelity Association of America, Kathy Peters, Freeman Signs, Chris Martinez, City of Denver

Not pictured: Tamrat Reta, Tamr Builders and Mike Crase, Gilmore Construction

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DIA Launches $1 Million Airport Concession Loan Program

Denver International Airport's new concession loan program was developed in partnership with the Denver Office of Economic Development. The program can lend qualified businesses up to $250,000 or 25 percent of the capital startup costs. The funds must be used for the design and capital investment of the concession and are paid back at a competitive fixed interest rate over the life of the operating contract.

The $1 million revolving loan fund is intended to enhance the ability of entrepreneurs to do business at DIA by serving as gap financing for first-time concessionaires.

Loan Program
DIA's new loan program will increase the number and diversity of small businesses at the airport, like these pictured at the Marketplace in Jeppesen Terminal.

"Denver International Airport has grown to become a $26 billion annual economic engine for the state of Colorado," said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. "The Airport Concession Loan Program will assist women and minority entrepreneurs who want to be a part of the businesses that help drive the airport's success."

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Aviation Experiences and Opportunities for Youths

As one of the largest agencies of the City and County of Denver, Denver International Airport is committed to providing a variety of experiences, both paid and unpaid, for students to explore aviation careers and opportunities for current and future employment. Every year since its opening in 1995, DIA has grown in passenger volume. Today, DIA serves more than 53 million passengers and has over 30,000 badged employees who work for many different employers. And yet, DIA is only half the size it was designed to be. It is our hope that the region's youth will find the airport to be an exciting and rewarding place to work.

College Internships
Paid internships are offered to college students throughout the school year and for the summer only. Applications are taken via the city's website at Please apply at any time through the listing titled: "Internships at Denver International Airport." As openings arise, the city looks at applications from the existing pool of applicants, unless a special skill is required. If a unique skill is needed and no applicants in the general pool meet the requirements, a separate job posting will be made. More than 15 internships are available in various Aviation divisions, such as operations, security, finance, communications, technologies and the executive office. Salaries range from $13 to $17 per hour depending on the level of the internship and number of college credits that the position requires.

High School Internships
Unpaid internships required for high school credit must be arranged on an individual basis. Students and their advisors interested in this opportunity should contact Mary Buckley at:

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Summer Youth Employment
DIA offers paid summer jobs for youths ages 16 to 24 at a rate of $7.75 per hour for up to 40 hours per week. Positions are available throughout the airport, in areas such as technologies, painting, plumbing, and graphics, the Parking Office, the Executive Office, the Commerce Hub, concessions compliance, and inventory management, among others. Positions are available from June through August. Applications will be taken in the Spring of 2014 and additional information will be posted here at that time.

Project L.I.F.T.
Project L.I.F.T. (Leaders Inspiring Future Talent) is a new program that will kick off at the 30th Annual Conference of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) being hosted in Denver in June, 2014. Twenty-five junior and senior high school students will tour DIA and other local aviation facilities with leaders from AMAC and attend the scholarship luncheon where AMAC will award several college scholarships, worth up to $2,000 per year. Young women and minority students interested in aviation and learning more about this program should contact Mary Buckley at:

DIA Aviation Academy
The DIA Aviation Academy is a two-day summer program that provides youths ages 13 to 15 first-hand experiences at DIA and exposure to aviation careers through daily tours and activities. Check back here for more details in the Spring of 2014.

Student Tours
Tours of DIA and career presentations are offered to school classes and students throughout the year. To schedule a tour, contact Mary Buckley at:

DIA Celebrates Midpoint of Hotel and Transit Center Construction

Denver International Airport celebrated the construction midpoint of its new 519-room Hotel and Transit Center Program in October.

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Manager of Aviation Kim Day placed a 50-year time capsule in the concrete floor of the transit center, where commuter rail and bus passengers will arrive and depart beginning in 2016.

Canopy Lights
Scaffolding and a 360-ton steel and glass canopy being installed over the new commuter train station platform at DIA are illuminated with blue and white lights—creating an image of abstract art. The light show was part of the Oct. 8 Hotel and Transit Center midpoint celebration.

Two years into the $544 million Hotel and Transit Center program (formerly called the South Terminal Redevelopment Program), the hotel's two elevator cores and train platform are complete, the elevated roadways leading to Terminal West have been rebuilt, the train platform canopy has been installed, and concrete for the complex's first four floors has been poured. Iron workers and welders are piecing together the public plaza canopy.

Currently, 260 firms have secured contracts to work on the program, including 227 local firms (87 percent) and 107 minority- and women-owned businesses (M/WBE) (41 percent).

"With more than 100 minority- and women-owned businesses under contract, DIA's Hotel and Transit Center Program is one of the single-largest opportunities for the M/WBE community in the city's history," said Mayor Hancock.

DIA's program—encompassing three major projects—will complete the original vision for the airport and is the first investment in DIA's Airport City initiative. Joining the Westin hotel and conference center will be a transit center serving RTD buses and RTD's new East Rail Line (which will be a 35-minute connection between DIA and downtown Denver's Union Station) and a public plaza for arts, entertainment and relaxation.

Time Capsule
Some of the contents that Denver International Airport placed inside a time capsule were a smartphone, USB thumb drive, Jeppesen navigational charts for DIA and a model of a Boeing 787 aircraft. The time capsule, buried in the floor of the airport's new transit center, will not be opened until at least 2063.

Upcoming Events

Office of Economic Development—Division of Small Business Opportunity, Airport Branch
Dec. 20, 2013
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: DIA City Conference Room, Terminal West Level 6
8500 Peña Blvd., 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

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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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