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GOAAs Small Business Development Department Hosts First South Terminal Project Presentation

Stan Thornton, COO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, introduced the scope of the Authority’s $2.1 billion South Terminal Complex expansion to an audience comprised of nearly 250 small businesses

ORLANDO, FL — Nearly 250 small businesses interested in working with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) on its South Terminal Complex expansion attended an introductory session on June 29, 2017. They were introduced to the scope of the $2.1 billion project of which
approximately $350 million in construction contracts will be awarded to small businesses.

“This is the job you want to be part of,” said Stan Thornton, GOAAs Chief Operating Officer. “Small businesses add value to our construction projects and contribute to the Central Florida’s economic growth.”

The event was presented by GOAAs Small Business Development Department and designed to provide interested small businesses the information they need to:

  • Become qualified sub-contractors
  • Apply for M/WBE, LBD, or SDVOBE certification
  • Receive bonding/surety and capital assistance
  • Receive an overview of opportunities available to small businesses, and
  • Meet construction managers and prime contractors

The presentation was the first in a series of events and outreach activities hosted by the Small Business Development Department to identify, educate, and involve as many small business as possible in the South Terminal Complex expansion. GOAA has a 30-year relationship with small businesses and is committed to awarding significant contracts for this project.

“The Small Business Development Department is dedicated to serving as an excellent resource and conduit for small businesses,” said George Morning, the department’s director.

For more information, visit these websites:

GOAA Small Business Development Department –
Turner-Kiewit JV Project Website –
Hensel Phelps Project Website –

Basic MCO information: With an overall total of over 42 million annual passengers, MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and 14th busiest in the U.S. The airport has 18,000 employees and generates $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. Orlando International Airport strives to value and delight its customers through an airport-wide focus and design concept known as The Orlando Experience®.