“Beyond the Runway” Coalition Update and Reception

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This week, ACI-NA’s “Beyond the Runway” coalition took to Capitol Hill for a briefing and reception targeted to a broad cross section of aviation industry stakeholders and hill staffers.  Committed and prospective coalition members filled the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee room in Rayburn House Office Building for a brief presentation on the headway we’re making toward modernizing how we finance our nation’s airports and aviation infrastructure.

ACI-NA Director of Advocacy Nathan Pick welcomes "Beyond the Runway" coalition partners and Hill staffers to the Feb. 24 briefing.

ACI-NA Director of Advocacy Nathan Pick welcomes “Beyond the Runway” coalition partners and Hill staffers to the Feb. 24 briefing.

The briefing, conducted by ACI-NA’s Government Affairs team, was an opportunity for airports to educate coalition members and Hill staffers on what airports are hoping to gain in the 2015 FAA Reauthorization. Immediately following, ACI-NA hosted a networking reception that allowed attendees to discuss what steps to take next in advocating for airports and modernizing how we finance these important capital improvement projects.

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ACI-NA Senior Vice President of Government and Political Affairs George Kelemen gives an update on AirportsUnited activity.

When I joined ACI-NA a few months ago, I was immediately propelled into the office’s efforts to assure a successful FAA Reauthorization, and the event brought to light the labor we are putting into the coalition to make sure that airports’ issues are represented.

ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke talks airport priorities with a Congressional staffer.

ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke talks airport priorities with a Congressional staffer.

With just over 200 days until the deadline for the next Reauthorization, the airport industry’s work is far from over.  But I can assure you that ACI-NA is taking action on behalf of your airport. As we like to say here in the Washington office, we are maintaining a steady drumbeat in advocating for airport priorities in 2015.

Mimi Ryals
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
ACI-NA