Getting Our Message Out There

By Kevin M. Burke Over the last couple of days, I have had the chance to tell the airport story in several local and national forums.  My consistent message: Airports need greater funding flexibility and the ability to generate local dollars for local capital projects with a higher PFC ceiling. In an interview with CNN [...]

Lawmakers Share Their Insights

By Tom Smith During last week’s ACI-NA/AAAE Washington Legislative Conference, while federal officials reviewed their past accomplishments it is worth noting their forward-looking observations on the 2015 FAA reauthorization and the TSA. Participating in the Thursday briefings of airport directors were FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, (R-N.H.), Sen. Dan Coats, (R-Ind.), Rep. [...]

Translating Airport Needs for the Public

By Tom Smith As airports continue an effort to educate Congress to secure billions to fund a backlog of capital projects, two words of advice – localize and personalize. Messaging efforts on the Hill are lost when the focus is on the large numbers. Audiences’ attention span wanes and eyeballs begin to glaze over. The [...]

Tell Your Story

By Tom Smith If there was one crystal clear message on Wednesday at the ACI-NA/AAAE Washington Leadership Conference it was that airports need to do a much better job at telling their story to their home state congressional delegation. A strong supporter of airports and the aviation industry, Sen. Patty Murray, (D-Wash.), told the airport [...]

31 Reasons to Celebrate International Women’s Day in 2014

By Kevin M. Burke March 8 is the 106th annual International Women’s Day. This special day would not be complete without honoring the many women in our own industry who contribute to our airports, and communities, every day. I have spent some time reflecting on the role women have historically played in our industry, the [...]

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