ADVISORY – New DBE Program & Outreach Meeting on April 20 at Clifton Chenier Center in Lafayette

The Lafayette Airport Commission (LAC) is having a Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and Outreach Planning Meeting for doing work with Lafayette Regional Airport, including the New LFT Terminal.

WHO: Those who qualify for DBE certification include women, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian-Pacific Americans and others. The Lafayette Airport Commission is actively seeking and encouraging certified DBEs to participate in construction of the New LFT Terminal. DBE-certified businesses, those going through the certification process or those considering it are encouraged to attend, as are Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) and all other potential subcontractors.

WHEN: Thursday, April 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: At the Clifton Chenier Center, 220 Willow St. in Lafayette.

DETAILS: Heery International – a full-service program and construction management firm with a broad background in developing world-class aviation facilities – was selected by LAC in 2016 as the prime contractor to manage the construction (PMCM) of the New LFT Terminal. Including building the new terminal, the Lafayette Regional Airport is estimated to have as much as $150 million for construction and infrastructure projects over the next three to five years. The work will be administered under Architecture & Engineering (A/E) and Project & Construction Management (PMCM) and construction.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established a DBE goal of 7.31% for federally funded work. The LAC voted to make the 7.31% goal apply to all New LFT Terminal projects, no matter the funding source. It is a federal requirement that eligible businesses be DBE certified by the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (LADOTD) for their work to be counted toward DBE goals. The meeting’s agenda includes changes in the LFT DBE policy and procedures, new compliance requirements for bidding at LFT, new contract requirements for doing work at LFT, the schedule of construction procurement, safety plans and requirements, landside and airside review, and a networking opportunity with Heery and airport representatives.


It’s not too late for subcontractor companies to get DBE certified. Businesses send all completed application forms and materials to the LADOTD and are typically notified if their business has been certified within six-to-eight weeks.

For more information and assistance regarding DBE certification, contact:

    • The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Small Business Development Center: Heidi Melancon – 337-482-6312
    • Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development: Remy Graves – 225-379-1762
    • Lafayette Consolidated Government DBE Officer: Shaun Williams – 337-291-8410

For DBE forms, public comment and additional information, visit:


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