Economic Opportunity For MWBE in JFK Airport Redevelopment

The Project of Economic Opportunity From JFK Redevelopment Plan aims at promoting economic opportunities/ workforce development and advocating for the interests of our community in the $10 Billion investment in the John F. Kennedy Airport Redevelopment Plan commenced by The State of New York, through the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PA), as part of the larger agenda to the economic development of Southeast Queens community.

About John F. Kennedy Airport Redevelopment Plan

The State of New York, through the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PA) has commenced a plan to redevelop John F. Kennedy Airport, calling for a ten (10) billion-dollar investment to create a unified, world-class airport. In alignment with Governor Cuomo’s goal of 30% participation of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE), construction of the airport will provide extensive economic opportunities for MWBE contractors in the Borough of Queens and throughout the New York Metropolitan Region.

Our Mission

The local (Southeast Queens) communities stand as the most impacted by the JFK Airport Redevelopment Plan. In recognition of the potential benefits and detriment of the proposed Project, Center for Community Advancement has committed itself to promoting and protecting the interests of the community by undertaking research, conducting workshops, providing policy advice, and disseminating information on available resources with particular emphasis on economic opportunities and workforce development for local business and MWBE contractors. In addition, a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) was proposed to ensure that our community’s concerns and needs are heard and addressed and that benefits are accrued to the affected local communities.

Call to Action

How can you take advantage of the opportunities coming up? How can the community work together to grab a piece of the economic pie and more importantly, use this chance to build up the capacity needed to drive success in the future? We do our best to get you as close to the door to success as possible, but the key is in your hands. You must open the door yourself.

It’s time to take actions! Use the resources on the website, attend workshops to learn the rules and regulations and step up your game. Sign the petition to support the Community Benefits Agreement to make our community’s voices heard.

Why do I need to certify?

Certification makes your business more visible to state/ city agencies, prime contractors, subcontractor and private companies who are looking to do business with MWBEs. New York Governor Cuomo has set an overall goal to increase MWBE participation in State contracting to 30%. The NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has set goals that seek to increase economic opportunity for MWBEs.

Being an MWBE certified business at both State and City level is the first step in getting contracts in the construction of the JFK Airport.

Where and how do I get certified?

The New York State and New York City each have their own certification system and it is strongly recommended your business get certified at both level in order to do business with State/ City agencies and to maximize your visibility to prospective buyers and chance of getting contracts.  

New York State MWBE Certification

New York City MWBE Certification

Doing business with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

The PA of NY&NJ had a long standing history of supporting MWBEs to participate in its procurement by setting aside various procurement opportunities or establish good faith goals for participation by certified M/W/SBE contractors in certain contracts.To participate in its Supplier Diversity Program, a business must first be certified as a MWBE by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Click here to learn how to get certification today!

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Provides minority-owned and women-owned businesses (MWBEs) with loans of up to $250,000.

Sign and share the petition

We need your support of the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) that will ensure our community’s concerns be heard and addressed, and benefits be accrued to the local communities. We must pressureGovernor Cuomo, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PA), and the private sector to sign the CBA with us so that it will be incorporated in the development process, monitored and enforced.

Community Benefits Agreement