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|Mayo reaches out to minorities to bid on airport terminal project|
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo says there are several companies in the state interested in working on the proposed new terminal for the Monroe Regional Airport.
Mayo visited with Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover last week as part of a disadvantaged business enterprise workshop. About 30 minority and women-owned businesses attended the workshop.
The purpose of the meeting was to inform certified minority and women-owned businesses about the opportunity to bid on work for the $31 million airport terminal project in Monroe.
"We have full participation from a variety of people as it relates to doing business for this very important project," Mayo said. "We've had some meetings and workshops for disadvantaged businesses to make sure we bring as many folks to the table as we possibly can."
Several disadvantaged business enterprise workshops have already been held in Monroe. Due to the interest of the last meeting in Monroe, Mayo said Shreveport officials wanted to meet with city leaders about this project.
"There's so much excitement from throughout the state with people wanting to have a part in this project," Mayo explained. "We want to make sure we have local folks involved, and there will be local folks involved, but we to make sure all minority-owned and women-owned businesses have the same opportunity."
"I was very pleased with the turnout and excitement shown by the Shreveport area minority and women-owned contractors who are interested in our new airport terminal project," he added.
In the meantime, U.S. Rodney Alexander's office on Wednesday announced the city of Monroe will receive a $10 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to go toward the new terminal.
The grant will be disbursed by the U.S. Department of Transportation through the FAA and will provide funds to replace the existing terminal building, Alexander said.
"For years, Mayor Jamie Mayo and I have advocated to secure federal funding so that needed improvements can be made to the Monroe Regional Airport," Alexander said. "With this grant award, I am pleased our past and current efforts have paid off and these necessary upgrades can be made.
"This project has great potential to help advance this airport and ultimately link northeast Louisiana to the rest of the world."
Regarding collaborative efforts between Monroe and Shreveport, Mayo said the city plans to work with Shreveport officials to "jointly help strengthen the north Louisiana economy."
Glover commended the city's efforts in reaching out to other areas of the state regarding work for the new terminal project.
"This effort to include under-represented communities in the economic mainstream will lead to a broader and deeper pool of opportunity and ultimately greater wealth for all," Glover said.
Mayo is optimistic the new terminal project can be completed by the end of 2010. He originally said he wanted the project completed by 2012.
The city anticipates going out for bid on the new terminal project in 2009.