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Key Airport Conference Comes to Houston


December 3, 2012

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  The AMAC Economic Opportunity Forum focuses on business opportunities that exist in airports operating across the United States.
 
The Houston Airport System is rolling out the red carpet for a key national economic opportunity forum. The 19th Annual Airport Minority Advisory Council’s (AMAC) Economic Opportunity Forum is currently taking place at the Hilton Americas Hotel from December 2 – 4.

The forum serves as a guide for minority, women, and disadvantaged enterprises seeking business opportunities with airports throughout the United States and includes leadership development workshops and policy discussions that address various industry concerns.

“Airports are economic engines, not just for the cities in which they are located, but for entire regions,” says City of Houston aviation director Mario Diaz. “This year’s forum in Houston will be an ideal setting for new partnerships to begin developing.”

AMAC serves as the nation’s only non-profit trade organization dedicated to promoting the full participation of Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Small Business enterprises (M/W/DBE/S) in airport contracting and employment opportunities thus assisting airports in achieving diversity goals mandated by federal government regulations.

“This forum connects M/W/DBE/S with prime contractors and airports for one-on-one meetings to discuss upcoming subcontracting, potential partnerships and $100 million worth of procurement opportunities,” says Carlecia Wright, director of the City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity.

The event also includes a program called “Project Lift,” where 50 area high school students are taken to William P. Hobby Airport for a behind the scenes look at a variety of aviation careers.

Students will also have a chance to hear from Melvin Leland, NASA’s assistant director of education. Leland will serve as the keynote speaker at the AMAC dinner celebration.

“This event represents a wonderful opportunity to reach out and help both the young people of our community and the small business owners of the southwest region,” says Rhonda Arnold, director of community relations for the Houston Airport System. “It is a lot of work to organize an event such as this, but the rewards definitely make it worthwhile.” 
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