Improving Airport Organizational Practices to Enhance ACDBE/DBE Participation

Airports offer many business opportunities (e.g., concessions, construction, goods and services) and have a desire to increase and maintain meaningful participation from airport concessions disadvantaged business enterprises (ACDBEs) and other disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs). United States Department of Transportation (DOT)'s regulations as described in 49 CFR Parts 23 and 26 require most airports to set ACDBE and/or DBE participation goals. Despite this, the increase in disadvantaged business participation at airports has been limited, and there continues to be many challenges to achieving desired goals. While prior research has focused on identifying those challenges, solutions have been targeted and limited in scope and often did not consider a holistic organizational approach. Research is needed to assess organizational barriers and develop guidelines and tools to improve airport organizational practices to enhance ACDBE/DBE participation in airport contracts. The objective of this research is to provide guidelines and tools of effective practices to help airports increase and maintain meaningful ACDBE/DBE participation in their business opportunities (e.g., concessions, construction, goods and services).


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $399998
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 01-51

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Airport Minority Advisory Council

    Washington, District of Columbia   
  • Principal Investigators:

    West, Nancy

  • Start Date: 20220616
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240614
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01779214
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 01-51
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 18 2021 10:05AM