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Group Gains Insight on Airport’s Economic Impact
By Roishina C. Henderson

They came from as far away as Maryland, Virginia, Arkansas and Texas to see how Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport became an economic engine in the state of Georgia.

Members of the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators gathered on December 7 to address commercial development and gain insight on how the world’s busiest airport plays a pivotal role in shaping the regional economy. The conference’s theme was “Strategic Economic Development Policy in Metropolitan Communities: Atlanta’s Strategic Vision for Change in the 21st Century.”

Members of the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) for the
National Forum for Black Public Administrators

The ELI class of 16 successful public administrators was greeted by Assistant General Manager for Commercial Development Arnaldo Ruiz, who shared tips on how an organization can achieve economic development success.

“First, you’ve got to have vision, and you’ve got to plan,” said Ruiz in the Executive Conference Center at the Airport. “You’ve got to know how to execute and never be satisfied where you are. And lastly, you must realize that you can’t do it alone.” Ruiz also shared Hartsfield-Jackson statistics, accomplishments, as well as expansion projects.

In partnership with Clark Atlanta University, the conference included various forums in city development and affordable housing, case study assignments and a tour of the Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration Tower, Atlanta City Hall and other sites throughout the city of Atlanta.

ELI member Maurice Jenkins, a chief information officer at Miami International Airport, said, “What’s being done at Hartsfield-Jackson in economic development and technology shows government at its finest, and that we do believe in servicing our customers.”

John Poore of Houston liked what he found at Hartsfield-Jackson. “It’s really a beautiful airport,” he said. “It feels like a city within itself. It’s impressive.”

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