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02/29/2016

Augusta Regional Airport shows its commitment to increasing DBE participation at the Airport

Augusta, Georgia, February 29, 2016 - Augusta Regional Airport (AGS) was very successful in providing greater opportunities for DBE companies in 2014/15. The Airport has a DBE Participation goal of 15.1% which was approved by the FAA. This past year AGS surpassed that goal and awarded 23.6% of their federally funded projects to DBE businesses.

One challenge the Airport faces in awarding DBE contracts is that many of the DBE businesses have not applied for or received certification from the State of Georgia. The State certification is a requirement for inclusion in the FAA DBE program.

"The Airport regularly hosts workshops, provides educational information, and provides assistance to DBE firms in acquiring their certification from the state," said Gary LeTellier, AGS Interim Executive Director. "As the Airport continues to grow it remains our personal goal to continue our support by awarding more project contracts to small local businesses."

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