TMG Increases Engagement for DBEs and SBEs at Airport Event

On July 30th, 2014, TMG Consulting organized the 9th Annual Business Opportunities Workshop for the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. This year featured a small business trade show, where small and disadvantaged businesses, along with resources agencies, tabled to showcase their talents. Attendance at this event topped over 120 small and disadvantaged business, prime contractors, resource agencies, and airport staff! The purpose of the Business Opportunities Workshop is multi-faceted:

  • to educate firms about the Airport’s Disadvantaged Enterprise (DBE) program and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program;
  • to inform attendees about upcoming work opportunities at the Airport;
  • to facilitate networking among prime and potential subcontractor firms in order to create connections now, learn what businesses have to offer and prepare a qualified team when the next Baton Rouge Airport bid is released.
  • and to provide resources to help small businesses grow.

Small businesses are an integral aspect of the Baton Rouge Airport’s long-term vision and the airport has a history of actively engaging the DBE and small business communities on Airport contracts. The Airport DBE Program is mandated by the federal government under FAA grant assurances and aims to ensure that government grant funds are distributed equitably.

TMG Consulting has assisted the Baton Rouge Airport to draft and administer both DBE and SBE programs and regularly sets DBE project goals, conducts compliance reviews of bid, and monitors ongoing DBE participation on projects. Events such as these are hosted to help communicate the wide range of opportunities at an Airport for businesses and to demystify the DBE program for all contractors.

 

Contributed by:

Bonnie Garrigan
Manager of Economic Analysis
bonniegarrigan@tmg-consulting.net or 504.569.9239 ext.29

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The views, interpretations, or strategies expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the position of TMG Consulting. This site is meant for educational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. TMG Consulting makes no representation as to accuracy, completeness, or suitability of any information on this site and will not be liable for damages arising from its display or use.

 

 

Current and Future Economic Impacts of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

TMG Consulting has been commissioned to update the economic impact analysis for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Our team will work in partnership with Timothy Ryan, Ph.D., distinguished local economist and former Chancellor of the University of New Orleans who conducted the previous economic impact analysis that was completed in 2004.

TMG will utilize the latest available data on expenditures, payroll, and recurring capital investments related to the Airport to determine the Airport’s annual impact on jobs, spending, and tax generation in the region. For this analysis, we will utilize the Regional Input Output Multiplier System (RIMS II) published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis in order to estimate the impact for the New Orleans Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In addition, TMG and Dr. Ryan will also develop a projection of the future economic impact of the new terminal on the North side of the current MSY site announced by Mayor Mitch Landrieu in January 2014 that is scheduled to open in 2018, in time for New Orleans’ tri-centennial celebration.

Portions of the current airport terminal have far exceeded their useful life and have been adapted and repurposed over the years in order to accommodate changes in the aviation industry and TSA security requirements.

Aging Infrastructure of the Current MSY Terminal

Half of the current terminal is over 40 years old (and in some cases, 50 years old.) Source: Crescent City Aviation Team – Long Term Infrastructure Development Plan (April 2013)

Half of the current terminal is over 40 years old (and in some cases, 50 years old.)
Source: Crescent City Aviation Team – Long Term Infrastructure Development Plan (April 2013)

The new terminal will feature a modernized design and increased functionality over the current MSY terminal, with consolidated security checkpoints that will allow passengers to access all concourses after security screenings. Combined access to all concourses is expected to increase the number of concessionaires that are willing to operate at MSY and generate additional revenue for concessionaires due to increased exposure to passenger demand.

Moving the terminal to the North will also allow for repurposing of existing Airport properties on the South side of the MSY site. Reuse of the existing south side properties will also result in additional jobs, earnings, and output for the regional economy.

Proposed Repurposing of South Side MSY Properties

Redevelopment plans have yet to be finalize, but the most recent concepts include additional General Aviation (GA) and Fixed Based Operator (FBO) hangars and facilities, long term parking, mixed use and office buildings, as well as space for air cargo expansion. Source: Jones Lang LaSalle, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Land use and Development Services for Long Term Airport Development (January 2014)

Redevelopment plans have yet to be finalize, but the most recent concepts include additional General Aviation (GA) and Fixed Based Operator (FBO) hangars and facilities, long term parking, mixed use and office buildings, as well as space for air cargo expansion.
Source: Jones Lang LaSalle, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Land use and Development Services for Long Term Airport Development (January 2014)

In a previous study for the Airport in March 2013, TMG projected that the one-time impact of building the proposed new terminal on the North side along with redevelopment on the South side would result in over 13,000 new construction related jobs for the region.

Conceptual Design for the New MSY Terminal

Source: City of New Orleans (January 2014)

Source: City of New Orleans (January 2014)

We anticipate that the combined impact of all these changes and redevelopment efforts will bring more jobs, more spending, and more tax revenues for the Greater New Orleans Area. Greater economic impact will lead to greater opportunities for local businesses and additional resources for local governments in the region.

Contributed by:

Eric Melancon
Associate
ericmelancon@tmg-consulting.net or 504.569.9239 x 32

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The views, interpretations, or strategies expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the position of TMG Consulting. This site is meant for educational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. TMG Consulting makes no representation as to accuracy, completeness, or suitability of any information on this site and will not be liable for damages arising from its display or use.

Issues in Airport Perimeter Security

Twelve years after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, airports in the United States and across the world have steadily increased their security measures. Today, most major airports are equipped with hi-tech luggage scanners and full body x-ray machines. Tens of thousands of trained security personnel occupy airport terminals to ensure the safety of passengers. Terminals and passenger concourses are now designed and built or retrofitted to accommodate the extra floor space, loading space, scanning equipment and other requirements necessary for this effort. Consequently, securing commercial air travel throughout the United States has been an expensive endeavor, with the Transportation Security Association (TSA) requesting an $8 billion (or greater) annual budget since 2001.

With the commitment evidenced by these investments over the last decade, airport terminals are safer than ever by every considered metric established to measure the threat. However, airport perimeter security remains the weakest link in the security chain. Federal agencies, such as the TSA and the FAA, need to become more aware of this pressing issue.

Recent perimeter breaches

  • In August 2012, a man unintentionally breached the $100 million sensor-equipped security perimeter at JFK International Airport in New York City after his jet-ski broke down in Jamaica Bay and he swam to land.[1]
  • In February 2013 in Brussels, $50 million worth of diamonds were stolen from an aircraft about to depart by eight men disguised as police who forcefully breached the airport’s security perimeter and performed the heist.[2][r1]
  • In August 2013, a Nigerian boy was found in the wheel well of a commercial aircraft headed to Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital.[3]

Since 2001, there have been over 1,300 breaches to airport security perimeters in the U.S. alone.[4]

Challenges in Airport Perimeter Security

  1. Geography: Airports are generally on very large, expansive plots of land. It is a daunting and expensive task to successfully maintain fenced perimeters for such large properties.
  2. Expense: Devices such as dedicated sensors along perimeter fencing allow authorities to be alerted of perimeter breaches.  However, these systems must be operable at all times and in all weather conditions to be effective.
  3. Insufficient Regulation: Without specific guidance from the FAA and TSA, airports must work to assess and counter perimeter threats independently. So far, there has been no unifying perimeter security regulation established for the over 450 commercial airports in the United States.

Best Practices for Designing Efficient Airport Perimeters

  • Taller fences, especially ones equipped with barbed wire, provide not only a greater physical barrier but also a greater psychological disincentive.
  • Fencing should protrude well into the ground to prevent trespassers and wildlife from entering the property from the bottom of the fence. This also reinforces the strength of the fence.
  • Limit the number of points of entry into an airport’s property. The fewer gates or guarded entry points, the fewer opportunities a trespasser has to breach the restricted area.
  • Ground-sensor systems are popular solutions to airport perimeter security issues but may not be feasible for smaller commercial airports (due to cost).

TMG experience in airport fencing solutions

In August, 2013, TMG Consulting completed a perimeter security project that was commissioned by Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (LANOIA). TMG provided professional services to replace the Airport’s perimeter fencing and, with its designs, gave recommendations as to how the perimeter fencing could be made more secure and effective. Among TMG’s recommendations were the following:

  • Make the entire fence eight feet tall and extend two feet into the ground where possible.
    • The upgrades to the perimeter fencing should better deter wildlife (LANOIA is in a naturally swampy environment) from breaching the perimeter.
  • Make the fence able to withstand 130 mile per hour winds in the event of a Category 3 hurricane.
  • Redefine the secure perimeter to remove areas that do not need to be included.
    • Over time, some buildings located within the Airport’s perimeter became vacant or demolished.
  • Replace underutilized gates with fencing.
    • Eliminates excessive access points and increases security.
  • Implement better signage to the perimeter fencing.
    • Should discourage accidental perimeter breaches.

While these recommendations are specific to the LANOIA, the methods and analysis that created them can be applied to any facility that requires perimeter security.  TMG excels at creating focused solutions to perimeter security as well as a host of other airport capital planning needs.

Contributed by:  

Jan Garbers

Director of Geomatics

jangarbers@tmg-consulting.net or (504) 569-9239 x25

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 Disclaimer
The views, interpretations, or strategies expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the position of TMG Consulting. This site is meant for educational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. TMG Consulting makes no representation as to accuracy, completeness, or suitability of any information on this site and will not be liable for damages arising from its display or use.

[1] Avila, Jim. “Jet Skier Who Exposed JFK Airport’s Security Tried to Get Caught.” ABC News Network, 24 Oct. 2012. Web. 10 Sept. 2013.

[2] Ca Sert, Raf. “Multimillion Dollar Diamond Heist in Brussels.” Associated Press, 19 Feb. 2013. Web. 10 Sept. 2013.

[3] Si, Eno-Aba. “State of Security at Nigerian Airports.” The Guardian, Nigeria, 2 Sept. 2013. Web. 10 Sept. 2013.

[4] US House of Representatives. Office of Congressman William Keating. Perimeter Security: Weakest Link in Airport Safety. N.p., 1 Mar. 2012. Web.


Superbowl 2013: New Orleans Welcomes Visitors with Improved and Modernized Airport

On January 15, 2013 New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu hosted the official opening of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport’s Terminal Interior and Exterior Improvements Airport Modernization Program.  This capital program, comprising more than $300 million of infrastructure improvements, was begun before the impact of Hurricane Katrina and successfully completed ahead of a make-or-break event for the city and the region: Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome on February 2.

“An expected 42,000 visitors to the city will be greeted and hosted in world-class style with Armstrong’s newly renovated terminal and concourse spaces, windows and lighting, fully reconstructed restrooms throughout the terminal, together with new information displays, baggage claim and security checkpoint upgrades, a new walk-to-rent consolidated rental car facility, rental car service centers and six new gates in a renovated and expanded Concourse D. The Jerome S. Glazer Access Road has just been renovated for a smooth ride direct to Interstate 10.  After their visit, on the way home, there are new landmark local gift and dining venues such as the Saints store and Dooky Chase’s – more than $6 million of improved concessions offerings.  What the visitors won’t see is just as important: a new airfield fire station, rehabilitated airfield pavement and lighting controls, a $30 million state-of-the-art security system and emergency operations center and security fencing.

As significant as all of these improvements are for the visitors, they are lasting investments made for the long term benefit of the community here in South East Louisiana.  And they were all done without taxpayer dollars, with user fees and self-generated airport funds.

TMG Consulting has been assisting the New Orleans Aviation Board in realizing their plans for more than twenty years.  We have been able to advise Armstrong on planning, programing and funding their capital investments.  And we’ve been able to help build our hometown while doing it.  We’re proud of our efforts and those of our partners at Armstrong and throughout the local consultant community.  We’re continuing in our service and excited by the future.  As satisfying as the Airport Modernization Program is, we believe the best is yet to come…

Contributed by:

Ross F. Chapman

Principal

rfc@tmg-consulting.net  

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Disclaimer
The views, interpretations, or strategies expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the position of TMG Consulting. This site is meant for educational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. TMG Consulting makes no representation as to accuracy, completeness, or suitability of any information on this site and will not be liable for damages arising from its display or use.

Upcoming Conferences

TMG Staff are active in their respective fields, regularly participating in industry conferences and continuing education programs.  Over the next few months, TMG staff will be coordinating, sponsoring, presenting at, or attending:

  • Louisiana Chapter of the American Planning Association 2012 State Conference: January 25-27, Lake Charles, LA
  • iGaming North America: March 4-6; Las Vegas, NV
  • Regional Modeling for Improving Public and Private Policy: March 12, Baton Rouge, LA
  • PARKING!  Can We Do Better for our Communities and Our Businesses?, presented by ULI Louisiana and TMG Consulting: March 13, New Orleans, LA
  • American Council of Engineering Companies Annual Conference and Legislative Summit: April 15-18, Washington, DC
  • Southern Gaming Summit:  May 8-10, Biloxi, MS
  • Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Diversity Conference: June 9-12, St. Louis, MO
  • ACEC/L Technical Visit and Study Tour: June 19-23, Panama Canal, Panama

TMG Pioneers Development of Small Business Pilot Program for Baton Rouge Airport

TMG Consulting recently designed and developed a Small Business Program for the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport.  This program, in compliance with recent changes in FAA regulations, includes new race and gender-neutral elements that would facilitate wider participation from small businesses.

TMG surveyed best practices of similar programs nationwide and conducted stakeholder meetings with small business advocacy organizations and professional trade organizations to gauge their response.  While many of the participants representing prime firms and sub-contractors expressed enthusiasm and support for this program, they also expressed concern about having to go through another certification process. The development of this pilot program has provided a great opportunity for the Airport to work closely with City Purchasing and to create a program that might be replicated across multiple public agencies.  This greatly benefits firms of all sizes by creating a uniform program – reducing confusion over the multitude of programs that exist and the cumbersome processes they entail, and most importantly allowing firms to bid on more opportunities.

Through the series of stakeholder meetings, TMG has found that there is great support for increased small business participation.  TMG Consulting will be submitting the program to the Federal Transit Authority for approval in the coming weeks, with the goal of a program kick-off in early 2012.

Disclaimer
The views, interpretations, or strategies expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the position of TMG Consulting. This site is meant for educational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. TMG Consulting makes no representation as to accuracy, completeness, or suitability of any information on this site and will not be liable for damages arising from its display or use.

New Associate: Tiffany Peperone Pitre, Public Policy Analyst

This summer, Tiffany Peperone Pitre joined the TMG Consulting team as a Public Policy Analyst.  Ms. Pitre brings to the firm over a decade of experience in the practice of law.  In her work for the Jefferson Parish Attorney’s Office, Ms. Pitre was primarily responsible for advising the Planning Department on land use and zoning laws and serving as general counsel to the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO).  In private practice, she provided advocacy in the Louisiana State Legislature for clients such as the City of New Orleans, the Orleans Parish School Board, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, the Louisiana Perfusion Society, and the American Heart Association.

While with Jefferson Parish, Ms. Pitre’s accomplishments included playing a vital role with the Fat City Redevelopment Project, as well as serving as the lead staff for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and for the creation of tax increment financing districts.  Ms. Pitre was also tapped by the administration to lead the stabilization and turnaround of the Animal Shelter which was under intense scrutiny for gross mismanagement.  She was commended for major improvements of shelter operations.  In private practice, she assisted obtaining a state match for a Bass Pro retail establishment, and helped to obtain licensure for the Louisiana Perfusion Society within one legislative session despite opposition.

At TMG, Ms. Pitre advises on the policy matters of clients such as the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority and the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

TMG is proud to add Ms. Pitre to our team.  She can be reached at tiffanypeperone@tmg-consulting.net or (504) 569-9239 Ex. 30.

Disclaimer
The views, interpretations, or strategies expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the position of TMG Consulting. This site is meant for educational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. TMG Consulting makes no representation as to accuracy, completeness, or suitability of any information on this site and will not be liable for damages arising from its display or use.

New DBE Regulations Take Effect: Implementation at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport

This year, TMG will coordinate the 6th annual DBE Outreach Event for the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BRMA). Each year the BRMA and TMG invite contractors, consultants and vendors to attend the DBE workshop to learn about the Airport’s DBE Program and upcoming business opportunities. Airport staff and program managers are available to discuss project details and many small business resources are on hand to promote technical, financial and advisory services. This year there will be a special presentation to discuss the new DBE regulations that took effect in February 2011 including the increased personal net worth cap for DBE certification, increased program oversight, and revised provisions on substitution or removal of DBE firms. The Outreach Event has been greatly effective in past years to expand the quality and quantity of bids received at the Airport and it is also an excellent opportunity for small businesses to meet the big players in the Airport industry and to network for future work.

TMG Consulting is abreast of the revisions made to the Department of Transportation 49 CFR Part 26 regulations. The changes to the regulations dramatically affect current DBE programs by creating increased monitoring efforts, new reporting requirements, and a new race and gender neutral small business program requirement. TMG has researched nation-wide best practices and is prepared to respond to the needs of your agency.

If you have any questions about how the new regulations affect your current program or if your agency needs assistance in updating your DBE program and drafting the newly required Small Business Program (to be implemented by February 2012) please contact Bonnie Garrigan at (504)569-9239 Ex. 29 or bonniegarrigan@tmg-consulting.net.

GO Zone Bonds Utilized at N.O. Airport

In May, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (LANOIA) completed the sale of $54 million of Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds to fund terminal improvements. TMG Consulting was a member of the bond team and completed the work with the associated PFC Application for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval of the funding.

In February, LANIOA awarded a contract for a $100 million Consolidated Rental Car Facility. Funded by Gulf Opportunity Zone Bonds, this project creates an 1,800 space rental car facility within passengers’ walking distance of the terminal. TMG guided the project’s conceptualization as well as rental car companies’ approval and was a member of the bond team for financing the project, which is scheduled to open in late 2012.

We continue to assist Armstrong with planning and programming services, and tasks include assisting with procurement for services, analyzing privatization options, and developing capital projects and financing means in anticipation of welcoming visitors to the 2013 Super Bowl.

TMG can help develop both small and large capital programs, from master planning, programming, and identifying available funding to fulfilling compliance and regulatory requirements. To discuss specific needs, please contact Ross Chapman at 504-569-9239, Ext. 27 or rfc@tmg-consulting.net.

$70.5 Million PFC Application Approved at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

On January 12th, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport’s recent application for Passenger Facility Charge authority to fund eight new projects totaling $70.5 million. The projects include crucial upgrades to both the terminal and airfield, enabling the airport to meet present and future capacity, safety, and security demands. TMG Consulting has prepared Armstrong’s PFC applications and amendments—ten and counting—since the enactment of the legislation in 1991. We have also drafted numerous applications and amendments for other airport clients including Baltimore Washington International and Richmond International. TMG also prepared for Armstrong the first application ever to be approved by the FAA for bond financing secured by PFC revenue.

TMG is helping Armstrong move forward with a $500 million capital program to be completed in time for New Orleans’ hosting of the 2013 Super Bowl. This program includes airside work to rehabilitate almost four million square feet of airfield apron, pave and improve 4,100 feet of unpaved perimeter road, extend a Category IV taxiway to a perpendicular runway, and relocation and improvement of an airfield lighting vault. We were lead consultant on the $100 million Consolidated Rental Car Facility beginning construction this year. The project is financed by rental car customer fees and is the first facility of its kind to be financed by tax-free Gulf Opportunity Zone Bond financing. TMG is leading work to develop an airport hotel at Armstrong, to expand the Long Term Parking Garage, and to program and fund $100 million of terminal development projects, including an expansion that doubles the capacity of Concourse D, the consolidation of the concession and security checkpoints, and the construction of a new, single-carrier concourse for Southwest Airlines.

While the aforementioned projects will showcase Armstrong and make a bold statement, TMG Consulting is also working behind the scenes to improve the airport by developing and assembling funding strategies and resources, customizing service procurements such as new, more efficient janitorial services, coordinating and implementing the airport’s Job Order Contract system to speed maintenance and capital repairs, as well as pre-packaged construction task procurement.