Monday Edition, Sept. 8, 2014

Exhibition Hall Grand Opening

Updates

Monday, September 8
 

  • SPEAKER ADDITION
    9:00AM–9:45AM
    2B. Airport Master Plans - Standing the Test of Time
    Exhibit Hall A1 Classroom A
    Speaker: Doug Trezise, Senior Vice President, Ricondo & Associates
     
  • SPEAKER ADDITION
    1:30PM–2:30PM
    3B. Building to Win: Coalitions Make the Difference
    Exhibit Hall A1 Classroom B
    Speaker: Janet Kavinoky, Executive Director of Transportation and Infrastructure, US Chamber of Commerce

Exhibition Hall Hours

Exhibit Halls A1
 

Monday

7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

U.S. Government Affairs Steering Group Meeting

The Government Affairs Committee met at the ACI-NA annual conference in Atlanta and discussed key issues as we look ahead to the remainder of 2014 and prepare for FAA reauthorization in 2015.  The committee reviewed the political landscape for the upcoming 2014 mid-term elections, received an update on the current overall outlook and polling, but also information specific to races involving key members of the U.S. Congress who have jurisdiction over our issues.  In looking ahead to 2015 and the next FAA reauthorization, the committee was briefed on ACI-NA's work to solidify its policy positions for FAA reauthorization and how we plan to communicate them to lawmakers for maximum effect.  The committee wrapped up the meeting with a discussion on how they can work to raise the level of engagement among our airport members in support of our legislative priorities.  (George Kelemen - gkelemen@aci-na.org)


ACI-NA Marketing and Communications Steering Group Meeting

The members of the steering group of the ACI-NA Marketing and Communications Committee occupy a unique space at airports.  Media relations, customer service, air service development, and marketing professionals are on the frontlines of telling the airport story in our communities regardless how technical an issue is.  Passenger security continues to be a leading media inquiry for media representatives of ACI-NA's U.S. and Canadian airport members.

In an effort to increase collaboration among both airport communications professionals and their fellow counterparts across other segments of the commercial aviation industry, the Mar-Com steering group hosted a presentation and discussion with Ross Feinstein, press secretary and spokesman for TSA (https://twitter.com/TSAmedia_RossF).  Touching on themes addressed by TSA Administrator John Pistole in Saturday's joint ACI-NA/ACI Europe Boards of Directors meeting, Feinstein underscored the value TSA sees in open and frequent collaboration among its airport partners. Whether navigating varying state firearm laws, safeguarding perimeter security, or connecting with the public on the value of the TSA PreCheck program, ACI-NA's robust network of airport communications personnel play a essential role in keeping TSA informed about airport public affairs priorities. (Caroline O'Reilly - coreilly@aci-na.org)


Airport Carbon Accreditation Signing Ceremony

Sunday evening saw the grand opening of the exhibition show floor, which also was the site of another important milestone.  Amidst the bustle in Classroom B, ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke and ACI Europe Olivier Jankovec formally announced ACI-NA's participation in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program (www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org).  Initiated by ACI Europe in 2008, the program counts more than 100 adoptee airports across ACI Europe, Africa, and Asia-Pacific, with Seattle-Tacoma International Airport being the first ACI-NA member to achieve program certification.  Other airports that have signed on as early adopters include Aéroports de Montreal, Denver International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Portland International Airport. Read Kevin M. Burke's remarks here. (Caroline O'Reilly - coreilly@aci-na.org)


ACI-NA Members Unveil Collectible Trading Cards

The exhibition floor also was the site for the big debut of the airport trading cards, otherwise known as the North American Airports Collectors Series.  With 17 ACI-NA airport members participating, it's safe to say that this first series will be the hottest souvenir from this year's conference.

2014 ACI-NA Annual Conference host airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, was first up to formally release their card, which features a clear-blue sky photo of the world's tallest air-traffic control tower in the Western Hemisphere.  Other participating airports in this inaugural series will be released throughout the day on the show floor Monday.  Stop by the ACI-NA booth to learn more and begin collecting your cards.

The North American Airports Collectors Series is an initiative of the ACI-NA Marketing and Communications Committee, and in particular steering group member Jeff Lea, public relations manager for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.  If your airport is interested in joining the wave of trading-card mania that's sure to sweep #Airports14 this week, visit www.airporttradingcards.com for how to get started.  (Caroline O'Reilly - coreilly@ci-na.org)