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Mayor aims for air cargo growth

Proclaiming himself a “strong partner to help grow the cargo sector,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed shared his desire to create 5,000 cargo-related jobs in the next five years at a luncheon of the Atlanta Air Cargo Association on April 20 at the Atlanta Airport Marriott. According to Reed, cargo is unique because “it can create jobs across multiple layers.”

Reed applauded Hartsfield-Jackson’s dominance in passenger traffic and said it is time to move to the next phase and explore new opportunities in air cargo.

The Atlanta Air Cargo Association comprises representatives from the major cargo carriers and logistics firms that operate at Hartsfield-Jackson.

Mayor Kasim Reed talks about the future of cargo operations at Hartsfield-Jackson during a gathering of the Atlanta Air Cargo Association.

DeCosta given Brotherhood Award

At its Women’s History Month event, the Women Flying High organization traditionally recognizes female entrepreneurs who do business with Hartsfield-Jackson. On March 31 at the Logan Room in Atlanta, the group presented a Brotherhood Award to Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta for his efforts to support female and minority business at the Airport.

“Thanks to the work and continued efforts of the Hartsfield-Jackson Supplier Diversity team, the Airport will continue to positively impact the female and minority business sector — long after I’ve stepped down,” DeCosta said at the ceremony.

The organization comprises African-American and Hispanic women who either do business or are interested in doing business with the Airport.

Former Mayor Andrew Young (from left); Rita Samuels, Women Flying High project director; Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta; Felicia Davis, Women Flying High managing partner; and former Mayor Shirley Franklin pose with DeCosta’s Brotherhood Award. Photo by Susan Ross.

Staff member earns Green Globes certification

Tiffany Jones, an Aviation engineer assistant with the Department of Aviation’s Planning and Development unit, has become the 28th Green Globes Professional in the United States and the third in Georgia.

The Georgia Southern University alumna is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional and is involved in planning the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal, which is working toward a Silver LEED certification.

The Green Globes Professional program is a training, testing and certification process linked to the Green Globes environmental assessment and rating system for commercial buildings, including criteria for sustainable, energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling. To earn certification, Jones enrolled in an online class for three months and passed a 50-question test.

Tiffany Jones is working to ensure that the Airport’s international terminal will be environmentally friendly.

Airport celebrates its ‘Rising Stars’

Three Department of Aviation employees recently completed the City of Atlanta’s Rising Stars Development Program.

Jan Lister of Landside Operations, Erinn Evans of Maintenance and Jonathan Ford of Planning and Development went through a 10-month leadership development program that provided two classes for senior and aspiring leaders. Participants met once a month to learn strategies for leading and influencing others, gain self-awareness, recognize opportunities for change, and develop relationships and contacts within city government. They also learned more about critical city processes and how to increase effectiveness in city government.

About 40 people graduated from the program and were presented with framed certificates on March 31 at Atlanta City Hall.

About 40 people graduated from the program and were presented with framed certificates on March 31 at Atlanta City Hall.

2009 annual report available online

Hartsfield-Jackson’s 2009 annual report is now available on the Airport’s Web site. In addition to providing financial statements and data, the report focuses on the Airport’s dedication to customer service and highlights some of the major achievements in the last year.

To read the annual report, click here.

These sample pages from the 2009 annual report highlight the December opening of the rental car center and show a timeline of the facility’s development.

‘Name the Train’ rolls to a stop

The Airport’s innovative “Name the Train” contest, in which the public submitted names via Facebook and YouTube for Hartsfield-Jackson’s automated people mover (APM), has closed. More than 500 suggestions poured in before the deadline for submissions of midnight on April 28.

Airport officials will comb through the names and will choose a winner with input from Bombardier, the company that built the APM. A decision is expected by May 15. The person whose entry is selected will win a $100 American Express gift card and a certificate bearing his or her name and the new moniker for the Airport’s train.

Assistant general manager to ‘shape future aviation leaders’

Robert Kennedy, Hartsfield-Jackson’s assistant general manager for Operations, Maintenance and Security, was chosen by his peers to serve on the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) Steering Committee. He will represent airports with more than 10 million passengers per year and will provide strategic counsel and ensure that the program’s educational offerings are high-quality and professionally relevant.

AMPAP was formed through a partnership between the Airports Council International and the International Civil Aviation Organization to provide specialized management training for professionals at airports worldwide, to encourage uniform standards and best practices, and to recognize professional excellence in airport leaders.

“Over nearly four decades, I have enjoyed wise counsel from numerous mentors whom I have met along the way,” Kennedy said. “I am excited to pay it forward and play a part in shaping future aviation leaders as a member of the AMPAP Steering Committee.”

Assistant General Manager Robert Kennedy (left) talks with Pierre Coutu, AMPAP program executive, during a tour of Hartsfield-Jackson as part of an AMPAP conference and weeklong course in Atlanta last summer.

All systems are go at Airport’s new C4

All operational and emergency communications now are streamlined into Hartsfield-Jackson’s new Centralized Command and Control Center (C4), which unofficially opened on March 31. The 27,000-square-foot building holds a staff of 21.

“We’re taking calls and still in training,” said Gus Hudson, Aviation communications manager at C4. “The purpose is to have operational and emergency communication at the Airport, including 911 calls and coordinating emergency responses, [under one roof]. We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week — rain, sleet or snow.”

Federal funds finance pavement project at Hartsfield-Jackson

Hartsfield-Jackson has been awarded $4.36 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Rehabilitate Taxiway Program. The funds will be used to proactively reconstruct segments of taxiways L and M, which support the Airport’s three southern runways and provide access to all six concourses.

The project will replace about 67,000 square yards of concrete pavement, replace taxiway centerline and edge lights, and add a new drainage system. The project is estimated to cost less than $25 million. Work is scheduled to begin in June.

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