Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Lauded for Our Mississippi 2016 Top Honors

(Jackson, MISS) – The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority was included among this year’s hallmark of honorees at the 3rd Annual Our-Mississippi Honors Gala held earlier this month in Tupelo, Mississippi. JMAA was awarded the Champion of Diversity Award and celebrated for its commitment to diversity and inclusion in the air transport and business industries.

With a recorded 48% of contract obligations awarded to its anchor constituents in the City of Jackson, the 2015 federally funded projects for JMAA yielded more than $1.29M or 9% of its federal dollars paid to disadvantaged and minority enterprises with an additional 10% awarded to other Mississippi disadvantaged and minority groups. Also in support of the goals to stimulate the interests and inclusion of these groups, the 2015 Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) was a nexus in attracting more than 250 participants to Jackson at its annual meeting last fall.  Jack Thomas, Director of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Community Development at JMAA embraces the honor as a testament to the dedication in promoting an equal opportunity and access for disadvantaged and minority providers.

“A broad scope of global services for our airport industry is evident among providers from all segments of our communities.  Creating a level playing field at JMAA on which DBEs can compete fairly for USDOT-assisted contracts is our goal for such participation”, said Thomas.

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) established its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) The Champion of Diversity Award is an acknowledgment of JMAA’s DBE program that champions these efforts.

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority was awarded the Champion of Diversity Award at this year’s 3rd Annual Our-Mississippi Honors Gala.  A presentation was made to the JMAA during the March Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners.  Pictured from left to right are:  Mr. Carl D. Newman, CEO; Commissioner Vernon W. Hartley, Sr.; Sharon Carter, DBE Program Officer Manager;  Dr. Rosie L.T. Pridgen, Chairman of the JMAA Board of Commissioners;  Jack Thomas, Director of DBE and Community Development;  Commissioner James L. Henley, Jr., Vice-Chairman of the JMAA Board of Commissioners,  and Commissioner LaWanda D. Harris.

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