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The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formally collaborate in advancing diversity and promoting opportunities for companies within the aviation industry.

Both organizations have agreed to work together to promote best practices and opportunities for their member companies to succeed in airport development pursuits, noting that increased diversity within the airport development industry fosters long-term benefits and helps fill the pipeline of future development experts.

“For 36 years, AMAC has been the driving force of eliminating barriers minority and women-owned companies face when seeking to engage in airport business and employment opportunities,” said Anthony Barnes, AMAC chief operating officer. “Partnering with like-minded organizations, like ACC, will strengthen our impact in promoting a diverse and inclusive airport environment that fuels innovation and creativity when building our airports for the future.”

The collaboration calls for AMAC and ACC to identify and promote best practices in airport development projects, educate their respective members and airports on teaming, procurement, contracting and business, and develop best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to increasing aviation industry business and career opportunities.

“We also look forward to taking steps to work with AMAC on increasing opportunities for minorities to engage and succeed in this industry at this important time in our society,” said ACC President T.J. Schulz.