PORT AUTHORITY LAUNCHES OUTREACH SURVEY OF LOCAL QUEENS BUSINESSES AS PART OF COMMITMENT TO JFK ADVISORY COUNCIL AND LOCAL COMMUNITY; UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE $13 BILLION TRANSFORMATION OF JFK AIRPORT

Port Authority Outreach Efforts Part of Commitment to Utilize Local Businesses in the Development of A New JFK and Meet Governor Cuomo’s 30% MWBE goal

 

Local Businesses are Urged to Take 10-Minute Survey on the New JFK Website and Be Included in Redevelopment Directory

 

The Port Authority has launched an online survey for local Queens-based businesses, especially Minority and Women-owned Businesses (MWBEs) near the John F. Kennedy International Airport, as part of the agency’s commitment to expanding opportunities in Queens through the $13 billion JFK Redevelopment Program. The survey is available athttps://www.anewjfk.com/survey/.

 

As Governor Cuomo announced in October 2018, the JFK Redevelopment Community Advisory Council, composed of elected officials, community boards, nonprofit organizations, civic organizations and clergy leaders and chaired by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and U.S. Congressman Gregory Meeks, has been working with the Port Authority to expand community outreach efforts, ensuring this ambitious project solicits ongoing feedback from local stakeholders and provides meaningful opportunities for local businesses, Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE), and jobseekers.

In response to guidance from the Advisory Council and other community stakeholders, the Port Authority has created a survey that aims to identify businesses that provide design, construction, professional services, transportation, machinery, labor, concessions, operations and maintenance services in the communities around JFK Airport: southeast Queens, southwest Queens, the Rockaways, Elmont, Valley Stream and the Five Towns. The Port Authority is committed to meeting the Governor’s nation-leading good faith goal of 30% utilization of MWBEs, which applies to contracts, subcontracts, and financing interests. The Port Authority will be accepting information for the survey on a rolling basis throughout the pre-construction and construction phases. Pre-construction began in 2019 with an anticipated completion date of the unified JFK Airport in 2025.

 

Businesses that complete the survey will be included in the JFK Redevelopment Business Directory. The Port Authority will use the business directory to conduct outreach, solicit bids, and communicate important JFK Redevelopment Program deadlines. The Port Authority will also share the directory with its redevelopment partners: the New Terminal One Team, a consortium of four international airlines — Lufthansa, Air France, Japan Airlines and Korean Air Lines, and operating and financial partners led by CAG Holdings and Carlyle, JLC Infrastructure and Ullico; JetBlue and the JFK Millennium Partners; and others who will be working alongside the Port Authority to ensure Governor Cuomo’s goals for the JFK Vision Plan are met.

 

“We recognize that major reconstruction projects like JFK Redevelopment directly impact our neighbors, and we want to ensure that the economic growth from these projects translates to real opportunities for local residents and businesses,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole.

 

“Engaging those who live and work in the community around JFK is a critical part of our redevelopment program,” said Rick Cotton, Executive Director of the Port Authority. “This survey has been carefully designed to further advance the Port Authority’s priority to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts across all of our projects, including connecting MWBE businesses to available opportunities.”

 

“Targeted Queens businesses interested in contracting with the Port Authority on the new JFK project should take part,” said Suzette Bather-Taylor, the Senior Program Director of Strategic Capital Initiatives at the Port Authority. “The JFK project will create a multitude of opportunities for local businesses in construction, professional services, goods and services, maintenance, operations, and concessions.”

 

Working with the Advisory Council, the redevelopment project will spur regional job growth in Southeast Queens and surrounding communities, as well as opportunities for new business ventures for qualified MWBEs. In March, a new community outreach office at 144-33 & 35 Jamaica Ave in Jamaica, Queens opened to the public serving as the central resource for job and contracting opportunities, training, business development, and access to educational opportunities for local residents. The JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center will provide extensive engagement with the surrounding neighborhood and other community stakeholders during the life of the JFK Redevelopment program.

 

As part of the JFK Vision Plan, JetBlue and JFK Millennium Partners are constructing a $3 billion, 1.2 million-square-foot terminal on the airport’s north side that will connect to JetBlue’s existing Terminal 5. Additionally, a new $7 billion 2.9 million-square-foot terminal on the airport’s south side will occupy the area where the existing Terminals 1 and 2 are located, in addition to the area left vacant when Terminal 3 was demolished in 2014. The new south side terminal will be developed by the Terminal One Group, a consortium of four international airlines — Lufthansa, Air France, Japan Airlines and Korean Air Lines — with the Carlyle Group, JLC Infrastructure and Ullico as the financing and development partners.

 

American Airlines and British Airways will invest $344 million over the next three years to renovate Terminal 8, which will gain roughly 70,400 square feet of space. Terminal 8 will be dramatically upgraded with improved baggage systems, premium check-in space, and additional concessions.

 

“This is a great opportunity for small and local businesses to get involved and provide their services for one of the largest infrastructure renovations in their community,” said Eric Lane, Vice President with JLC Infrastructure and member of the New Terminal One Team.

 

“Our new, 1.2 million square foot terminal will help transform JFK into a world-class airport,” said Justin Ginsburgh, Director of JFK Infrastructure Strategy and Development at JetBlue. “Our new terminal will also allow us to provide contracting opportunities to a diverse group of local businesses.”

 

“This is an exciting occasion not only for us, but for the entire Queens community,” said Darryl Towns of American Airlines. “The new JFK Airport will continue to be a source of pride for all New York residents, and we are thrilled to have the local business community to play a big part in it.”

 

Local business owners are asked to complete a short survey about their ownership, size, and history. The survey is being conducted by Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd and can be found on the A New JFK website at https://www.anewjfk.com/survey/.

 

The information shared in the survey will only be used by the Port Authority and the terminal developers. This is a separate directory from the New York State Directory of certified MWBEs. Businesses that have questions about the survey can call Mason Tillman directly by telephone at 718-559-0460 or via email at anewjfk@mtaltd.com.