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Airport hosts international sustainability seminar

Aviation, government and business leaders from France and Atlanta discussed ways to make the world’s airports more environmentally friendly at the Sustainable Airport Area International Seminar on October 30 and 31.

Hartsfield-Jackson, in partnership with the mayor’s office and Hubstart Paris, presented the seminar at Georgia Tech’s LeCraw Auditorium and the Metro Atlanta Chamber offices.
                                    
The forum’s theme, “Sustainable Airport Areas as a Worldwide Metropolitan Phenomenon,” explored the creation of sustainable jobs, land-use factors and local partnerships that attract airport-related activity, such as hotels, convention centers, corporate headquarters and airline offices.  

Airport honored for role in Gateway Center

Hartsfield-Jackson received a Development of Excellence Award Honorable Mention/“Exceptional Merit for a Public-Private Partnership” from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) at its State of the Region breakfast on October 12. The award honored the Airport and other entities responsible for the Gateway Center in College Park.

The Department of Aviation worked with the other honorees — College Park Business and Industrial Development Authority (BIDA) and Grove Street Partners — to ensure a successful transportation component of the Gateway Center, which is connected to the Airport and its rental car center via the elevated ATL SkyTrain.

“We are honored to be recognized as part of the team that made the Gateway Center the successful hub of business and conference activity that it increasingly is becoming,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. “We plan to remain an active partner in this project and to promote its ongoing growth and the reinvigoration of the area surrounding it.”

David Allman of Regent Partners (from left), Kevin Kern of Grove Street Partners, College Park Mayor Jack Longino, Jim Drinkard of Planning and Development, and Tad Leithead of the Atlanta Regional Commission gather for a photo after the State of the Region event and awards ceremony.

David Allman of Regent Partners (from left), Kevin Kern of Grove Street Partners, College Park Mayor Jack Longino, Jim Drinkard of Planning and Development, and Tad Leithead of the Atlanta Regional Commission gather for a photo after the State of the Region event and awards ceremony.

Miller to lead ACI-NA committee

Hartsfield-Jackson Aviation General Manager Louis Miller has been selected as the first chairman of a new large-airports committee for Airports Council International–North America (ACI-NA).

The ACI-NA Large Hub/Gateway Airport Committee is the organization’s 18th permanent committee; its members will be directors of the nation’s top 20 U.S. airports in terms of international traffic or airports that are classified as large hubs by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“The formation of this committee will allow better focus of the unique issues faced by the United States’ largest and international gateway airports, providing a single forum to candidly discuss legislative, policy, regulatory and operational issues,” said Tom J. Smith, senior director of digital communications for ACI-NA.  

Benefiel becomes newest Airport director

Bryan Benefiel has joined Hartsfield-Jackson as director of Financial Planning and Analysis. He will direct the Airport’s efforts in general accounting, budget and financial forecasting.

For the last two years, Benefiel has served as the assistant controller for the City of Atlanta, and he has worked on several financial matters related to the Airport. Before working for the City, Benefiel was director of accounting for the American Cancer Society in Atlanta.

Bryan Benefiel is director of Financial Planning and Analysis.

Bryan Benefiel is director of Financial Planning and Analysis.



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