November 2014
More Interactive and Real-Time Information on Denver International Airport’s Homepage

Offering the traveling public precise airport-related information can make the travel experience more positive, and that’s what the new has been designed to provide. The homepage’s new look allows Web-based information to be found more easily.  Additional links on the new site are complemented with real-time parking availability by location, the security wait times for each of the three passenger screening checkpoints, and airport dining options by taste, type and location.  

Businesses that see the new look of the homepage will notice some change too. To locate the Business Center Web page simply click on the Business Opportunities link on the menu bar at the upper portion of the homepage (see red arrow on the image). 

Click on any of the links within the Business Opportunities section. When a new Web page appears, find the menu bar above the image and click on Business Opportunities to get the page dedicated to topics such as contracts, future opportunities, business requirements, and procurement of goods and services.

Additional updates to the website include updated graphics and photos, improved site navigation, refreshed content, and something brand-new: a mobile-first design. Site users can now seamlessly access the airport’s online information from both mobile devices and desktop computers. No longer will site users need to download an app to get airport information on their mobile devices. The design expands, collapses and displays content to accommodate a variety of screensizes.  The redesign also includes site management improvements with a new content management system and a GIS-driven map solution.

Airport Advisory Committee to Help Guide the Future of Denver International Airport

As the fifth-busiest airport in the nation, and 15th busiest in the world, it’s not a coincidence that Denver International Airport has earned these distinctions. The airport’s continual passenger record-breaking numbers and capability for providing a customer experience that exceeds the norm is easily positioning DIA to be America’s most favorite connecting hub and a world leader for aviation travel and traveler amenities. 
The DIA administration invited some of the best and brightest in the public and private sectors in various fields to advise the airport about moving the needle toward remaining competitive as one of the busiest hubs in the world’s largest aviation market, the United States. DIA has formed a new Airport Management Advisory Committee to advise the airport and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock on issues related to the airport’s financial, business and strategic plans, passenger segmentation, air service development, technology opportunities, and overall performance. To maintain global and national competitiveness for an airport of this size, the collective experience of this new advisory committee should benefit DIA in its quest to create new industry service standards and deliver superior domestic and global traveler opportunities. 
The committee will further the airport’s efforts to sharpen its business focus and remain competitive in an evolving global industry.

“Cities today succeed when they are connected and competitive in the global marketplace,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Denver is a gateway to the world, and DIA is essential to our regional economy. This new advisory committee will guide us as we navigate the opportunities and challenges of the rapidly changing – and ever more competitive – global aviation industry.”

The committee was modeled after the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council (MAC), to which Mayor Hancock was appointed in January 2014. Hancock became the first-ever mayor to be appointed to the MAC, established in 1996, which advises the FAA on management, policy, spending and regulatory matters.

Confirmed members include:

  • Mayor’s Office: Cary Kennedy, deputy mayor and chief financial officer
  • City Council: Christopher J. Herndon, Denver City Council president, Representing District 11
  • Industry: Dave Barger, CEO, Jet Blue Airways (New York)
  • Roger Dow, president and CEO, U.S. Travel Association (Washington, D.C.)
  • Jeff Fegan, former CEO, DFW Airport (Austin)
  • Tom Fricke, former CEO, HMS Host (Bethesda)
  • Angela Gittens, director general, ACI World (Montreal)
  • Federico Peña, senior advisor, Vestar Capital Partners; former secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Eula Adams, CEO, Neuromonics
  • Jack Blumenthal, principal, Causey Dampen & Moore PC
  • Toti Cadavid, founder, U-Fulfilled
  • Rus Heise, former managing director, RBC Capital Markets
  • Chad McWhinney, CEO and cofounder, McWhinney
  • Guillermo “Bill” Vidal, former mayor of Denver and former executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation

“This is a great opportunity for us to learn from great minds in various industries to help guide DIA’s future growth,” DIA Chief Executive Officer Kim Day said. “We are grateful that these individuals have graciously volunteered to share their time and expertise, and we look forward to some insightful conversations with them.”

"I am honored to be invited to serve on the Denver International Airport Management Advisory Committee. I applaud the mayor’s vision for Denver and believe the airport and its ability to grow and expand, especially in the international arena, is critical to the future economic development of the region,” said Jeff Fegan, consultant and retired CEO of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. “I look forward to working with the mayor and the committee as we explore how the airport can continue to position itself for the future to maximize connectivity to the world and serve as a catalyst for economic development.”

The committee will meet quarterly, and members will serve one-year terms in a volunteer capacity while retaining their private sector positions.

Former Denver Mayor Guillermo “Bill” Vidal added, “Denver International Airport is known for being one of the most beautiful airports in the world but it also has the potential to be much more. The fact that Kim Day and Mayor Hancock want to hear from various experts to help guide the airport’s future indicates a willingness and desire to tap into that potential and take the airport to the next level. I’m pleased to be able to contribute to this effort.”

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Denver International Airport - Contract Administration Is Here To Help Contractors

DIA Contract Administration manages payments and compliance throughout the term of a construction or professional service contract. The contract administration staff is available to answer payment questions, process invoices, and provide bond insurance renewal and compliance assistance. They are a team dedicated to assist incumbent contractors with payment, invoicing and other matters, ensuring that contract processing and payment remain seamless and timely. 

The Contract Payments and Administration: Construction & Professional Services webpage contains online contract payment forms such as the Prompt-Payment Timeline, Application for Progress Payment for Task Orders, and other contract related forms. Contact information for the contract administrators who process payment and work with compliance matters are listed on the webpage as well.   

Denver International Airport’s AIM Development Office Offers Business Education Courses

DIA’s AIM Development Office started offering classes to contractors about providing services at the airport. The classes cover how to set up a company successfully to get airport projects; what it means to do work at an international airport; and special project prerequisites. Some classes will address 2015 projects and others will review AIM Development processes and requirements. These classes are great for networking with industry experts and other entrepreneurs in the community.

You can sign up for upcoming classes and see materials that have been covered in classes that have been completed at:

How to Claim State of Colorado Tax Credits

Colorado's Enterprise Zone (EZ) program provides tax incentives to encourage businesses to locate and expand in designated economically distressed areas of the state.

There are about 20 EZs across Colorado. To learn if your business is located in an EZ, visit the online map at: enterprise-zone-tax-credits/zone-territory-map, and enter your business address, including the city and ZIP code.

Businesses located in EZs can receive state tax credits for activities such as:

  • Investing in new equipment
  • creating new jobs
  • creating new jobs involved in adding value through manufacturing or processing to agricultural commodities (an additional credit)
  • training existing employees
  • sponsoring employee health insurance
  • rehabilitating a vacant building
  • purchasing commercial vehicles
  • conducting research and development
  • contributing money or in-kind donations to a non-profit "Contribution Project" (there are over 400 Contribution Projects in Colorado)

In addition, manufacturers can apply for a sales and tax use exemption on equipment they purchase.

The credit amounts vary based on the business activity. For example, 3 percent of the cost of new equipment can be credited against your state tax liability, in addition to $1,100 for each net new job your business creates. There are also various carry-forward provisions: if your credit exceeds what you owe the state in taxes, you can carry forward the credit balance in subsequent years.

The "Tax Credit Resources" section of the website provides detailed information about each credit, as well links to resource documents (“FYI” documents) providing guidance on what is and isn’t eligible.

Every year, a business located in an EZ must “pre‐certify” prior to beginning an activity to earn the business tax credits listed above. Precertification does not obligate a business to claim credits, it simply makes it eligible for credits at the end of its tax year if it engaged in any of the activities listed above.

At the end of the income tax year, a business must then certify that the activities were performed. Precertification and certification are applied for online. The Commercial Vehicle Investment Tax Credit (CVITC) has a unique application process; the application is available for online download at the aforementioned website.

For specific tax questions, please consult a tax professional, but if you have general questions about the EZ tax credit, feel free to email Lynn Sargent, Denver’s Enterprise Zone Administrator, at

Denver International Airport Joins Denver Public School's Eighth-Grade Career Fair

For the fifth year in a row, DIA through the Commerce Hub’s education program, participated in the Denver Public Schools eighth-grade Career Fair, held in October each year. More than 4,000 students participate by actively seeking information about careers in which they are interested. As part of the transportation career group, Commerce Hub staff shares the multiple opportunities in aviation and airport management and encourages the students to think about the airport as a place for their future career in fields such as engineering, operations, infrastructure management, accounting, environmental science, security and law enforcement, and fire protection, among others.

Because DIA has over 30,000 employees and is an airport that can double in capacity over the next 50 years, students are asked to consider the vast opportunities that lie ahead for them at DIA. An airport is a place that most students never think about working at unless they want to be a pilot or a flight attendant. Middle school is a critical time to engage students and help them find an interest or passion that can lead to a life of exciting and satisfying work, and DIA is proud to be an annual participant in this opportunity.

Upcoming Events

DIA Commerce Hub Business Education and Support Training Presents:

DIA Concessions Financial Capacity Overview
Audience will learn about the financial aspects and requirements for operating a concession business at the airport. 

December 12, 2014
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Webb Building Room 4.I.4, Fourth Floor

Please click on the link to register for this session. Seating is limited, so sign up early. 

DIA Commerce Hub Contractor Conversations

December 18, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Location: WorldPort Conference Room H
24735 E. 75th Ave., Denver
Contact Alicia Avila at for registration information.

Airport Business Opportunities—At Your Finger Tips

Denver International Airport posts business and contract opportunities on its website, Remain informed about airport current business opportunities and upcoming business activities by visiting the Business Center webpage. Complete the Concessions and Project application forms to be electronically notified of contract announcements. 

Contact & Office Location

DIA Commerce Hub
Jeppesen Terminal, Level 6, West
Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(303) 342-2351

Commerce Hub


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

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