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Originally built as an auxiliary to Moody Field, Valdosta Regional Airport has been serving the area since the 1940s. The U.S. Government declared it surplus on December 8, 1946, and it was converted to a public airport.

Valdosta Regional Airport sits on 760 acres of land located a short distance south of the City of Valdosta. In 1980, we began providing commercial commuter service to and from Atlanta. Today, our airport has three runways, two of which are used by current commercial aircraft.

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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (DBE) GOAL

for the

VALDOSTA REGIONAL AIRPORT

July 1, 2019

 

The Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority hereby gives notice and announces a proposed triennial overall goal for its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program federal fiscal years (FFY) 2019-2021.  The proposed overall DBE goal is 7.32% for all Airport Improvement Program (AIP)-funded projects at Valdosta Regional Airport from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2021.  The methodology used in developing this goal is available for inspection during normal business hours at the administrative office of the Airport Executive Director, 1750 Airport Road, Suite 1, Valdosta GA 31601.  The Airport Authority will receive and consider public comments on the proposed goal until August 1, 2019.  Comments may be submitted to the Airport Authority at the above address.

 

For additional information and questions, please contact Jim Galloway, Airport Executive Director at 229.333.1833, during normal business hours.

 

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

DBE PROGRAM – 49 CFR PART 26

Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority

for the Valdosta Regional Airport, Valdosta GA

 

POLICY STATEMENT

 

Section 26.1, 26.23              Objectives/Policy Statement

 

The Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority (hereafter ‘the Airport Authority’) has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) 49 CFR Part 26.  The Airport Authority has received federal financial assistance from USDOT, and as a condition of receiving this assistance, the Airport Authority has signed an assurance that they will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.

 

It is the policy of the Airport Authority to ensure that DBEs, as defined in 49 CFR Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in USDOT–assisted contracts.  It is also the policy:

 

  1. To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of USDOT – assisted contracts;
  2. To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for USDOT-assisted contracts;
  3. To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
  4. To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;
  5. To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in USDOT assisted contracts;
  6. To promote the use of DBEs in all types of federally-assisted contracts and procurement activities conducted by recipients
  7. To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE program.
  8. To provide appropriate flexibility to recipients of federal financial assistance in establishing and providing opportunities for DBEs.

 

Jim Galloway, Airport Executive Director, Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority, 1750 Airport Road, Suite 1, Valdosta GA 31601, Phone: 229-333-1833, Email: jgalloway@flyvaldosta.com has been designated as the DBE Liaison Officer (DBELO).  In that capacity, the Airport Executive Director is responsible for implementing all aspects of the DBE program.  Implementation of the DBE program is accorded the same priority as compliance with all other legal obligations incurred by the Airport Authority in its financial assistance agreements with the US Department of Transportation.

 

The Airport Authority has disseminated this policy statement to its board members, and will distribute this statement to DBE and non-DBE business communities that perform work for the Airport on USDOT-assisted contracts in the following manner:

 

  1. This policy statement will be prepared as a handout, and made available at pre-bid conferences, and/or outreach meetings conducted by the Airport Authority.

 

  1. The policy statement will be posted on the Airport Authority’s website.

 

 

_____________________________________________________                                                      ________________

Chair, Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority                                                         Date

 FFY 2019 – FFY 2021

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Methodology

for Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority

 Valdosta, Georgia

 June 2019

METHODOLOGY for Establishing the Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2019-2021 Overall Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal for:

 

Valdosta Regional Airport

Valdosta GA

 

Airport Sponsor:  Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority

Airport:  Valdosta Regional Airport

DBELO: Jim Galloway, Airport Executive Director

Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority

1750 Airport Road, Suite 1

Valdosta GA 31601

Phone: 229-333-1833

Email: jgalloway@flyvaldosta.com

 

  1. Detailed Methodology: Specific Steps

 

  1. Amount of Goal

 

The Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority’s FFY 2019-2021 overall goal for the Federal financial assistance it will expend in USDOT-assisted contracts is the following:

 

Overall Goal: 

7.32%

 

 FFY 2018 Goal

10.41%

Race-Neutral: 

1.97%

 

 FFY 2019 Goal

4.30%

Race-Conscious: 

5.35%

 

 FFY 2020 Goal

6.69%

 

The Airport Authority expects to let approximately $4,371,300 in USDOT-assisted contracts for FFY 2019-2021.  The Airport Authority has set a goal of expending approximately $320,063 with DBE firms during this three-year period.

 

  1. Determination of the Market Area of the study

 

The market area is derived by determining where the substantial majority of contracting dollars for AIP-funded projects were spent, and from where the majority of bidders over a given period of time have come (see Table 1).

 

Table 1: Counties in the Local Market Area for Valdosta Regional Airport

County

Number of bidders

Percentage of bidders

Dollars

Percentage of dollars

Colquitt

1

20.0%

$421,696

11.2%

Lowndes

3

60.0%

$3,358,641

88.8%

SUBTOTAL

4

80.0%

$3,780,337

100.0%

Others

1

20.0%

$0

0.0%

TOTAL

5

100.0%

$3,780,337

100.0%

Source:  Holt Consulting Company, LLC

 

  1. Determination of relevant NAICS codes

 

Based on information provided by the consulting engineer concerning the proposed projects for this fiscal year, a list of NAICS codes corresponding to these projects was developed and is shown below:

 

Table 2:  Valdosta Regional Airport—FFY 2019-2021 Projects & Activities

FFY 2019 Projects

PROJECT

ACTIVITY

NAICS CODE

Runway 35 RPZ Obstruction Removal (Design)

Grading; clearing and grubbing

238910

Fencing

238990

Surveying

541370

Grassing; erosion control

561730

Wildlife Hazard Management Plan (WHMP) Drainage Improvements (Design)

Grading; clearing and grubbing

238910

Fencing

238990

Grassing; erosion control

561730

Taxiway M Fillet Widening and Strengthening (Construction); North T-Hangar Taxilane Rehabilitation

Drainage

237110

Heavy construction

237310

Electrical contracting

238210

Grading; earthwork

238910

Engineering

541330

Erosion control; seeding, mulching

561730

FFY 2020 Projects

PROJECT

ACTIVITY

NAICS CODE

Runway 35 RPZ Obstruction Removal (Construction)

Grading; clearing and grubbing

238910

Fencing

238990

Engineering services

541330

Testing

541380

Erosion control/seeding

561730

WHMP Drainage Improvements (Construction)

Drainage

237110

Grading; earthwork

238910

Engineering        

541330

Erosion control; seeding, mulching

561730

New Airfield Maintenance Building (Design)

Building construction

236220

Utilities

237110

Paving

237310

Clearing and grubbing; grading

238910

Fencing

238990

Surveying

541370

Testing

541380

Grassing; erosion control

561730

 

FFY 2021 Projects

PROJECT

ACTIVITY

NAICS CODE

Master Plan Update

Engineering services

541330

Surveying

541370

Geotechnical

541380

New Airfield Maintenance Building (Construction)

Commercial and Industrial Building Construction; Electrical; Plumbing, HVAC

236220, 238210, 238220

Utilities

237110

Paving

237310

Clearing and grubbing; grading

238910

Fencing

238990

Construction administration services (Architectural)

541310

Inspection; construction administration services (Civil)

541330

Testing

541380

Grassing; erosion control

561730

SOURCE:  Holt Consulting Company, LLC

 

  1. Determination of Relative Availability of DBEs in Market Area, compared to all firms

 

Table 3a:  DBEs—Valdosta Regional Airport, by Relevant NAICS Codes—FFY 2019

 

RUNWAY 35 RPZ OBSTRUCTION REMOVAL (DESIGN)

Activity

NAICS CODES

DBE Firms

All Firms

Percent of DBE Firms Available

x

AIP Grant Dollars

=

DBE Dollars

Grading; clearing and grubbing

238910

0

7

0.00%

x

$25,200

=

$0

Fencing

238990

1

4

25.00%

x

$9,450

=

$2,363

Surveying

541370

4

26

15.38%

x

$3,150

=

$485

Grassing; erosion control

561730

2

42

4.76%

x

$25,200

=

$1,200

TOTAL =

$63,000

$4,047

STEP 1 DBE BASE FIGURE =

6.42%

 

 


 

Table 3b:  DBEs—Valdosta Regional Airport, by Relevant NAICS Codes—FFY 2019

 

WHMP DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS (DESIGN)

Activity

NAICS CODES

DBE Firms

All Firms

Percent of DBE Firms Available

x

AIP Grant Dollars

=

DBE Dollars

 

Grading; clearing and grubbing

238910

0

7

0.00%

x

$54,900

=

$0

 

Fencing

238990

1

4

25.00%

x

$10,980

=

$2,745

 

Grassing; erosion control

561730

2

42

4.76%

x

$43,920

=

$2,091

 

TOTAL

 

$109,800

 

$4,836

STEP 1 DBE BASE FIGURE =

 

4.40%

 

Table 3c:  DBEs—Valdosta Regional Airport, by Relevant NAICS Codes—FFY 2019

 

TAXIWAY M FILLET WIDENING AND STRENGTHENING (CONSTRUCTION);

NORTH T-HANGAR TAXILANE REHABILITATION

Activity

NAICS CODES

DBE Firms

All Firms

Percent of DBE Firms Available

x

AIP Grant Dollars

=

DBE Dollars

Drainage

237110

0

10

0.00%

x

$87,329

=

$0

Heavy construction

237310

2

6

33.33%

x

$683,037

=

$227,679

Electrical

238210

1

31

3.23%

x

$100,499

=

$3,242

Earthwork/excavation

238910

0

7

0.00%

x

$211,739

=

$0

Engineering services

541330

15

256

5.86%

x

$147,306

=

$8,631

Erosion control/seeding

561730

2

42

4.76%

x

$161,489

=

$7,690

TOTAL =

$1,391,400

$247,242

STEP 1 DBE BASE FIGURE =

17.77%

 

 


 

Table 3d:  DBEs—Valdosta Regional Airport, by Relevant NAICS Codes—FFY 2020

 

RUNWAY 35 RPZ OBSTRUCTION REMOVAL (CONSTRUCTION)

Activity

NAICS CODES

DBE Firms

All Firms

Percent of DBE Firms Available

AIP Grant Dollars

=

DBE Dollars

Grading; clearing and grubbing

238910

0

7

0.00%

x

$228,600

=

$0

Fencing

238990

1

4

25.00%

x

$85,725

=

$21,431

Engineering services

541330

15

256

5.86%

x

$51,435

=

$3,014

Testing

541380

1

29

3.45%

x

$5,715

=

$197

Erosion control/seeding

561730

2

42

4.76%

x

$200,025

=

$9,525

TOTAL =

$571,500

$34,167

STEP 1 DBE BASE FIGURE =

5.98%

 

Table 3e:  DBEs—Valdosta Regional Airport, by Relevant NAICS Codes—FFY 2020

 

WHMP DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS (CONSTRUCTION)

Activity

NAICS CODES

DBE Firms

All Firms

Percent of DBE Firms Available

x

AIP Grant Dollars

=

DBE Dollars

 

Drainage

237110

0

10

0.00%

x

$179,773

=

$0

 

Earthwork/excavation

238910

0

7

0.00%

x

$629,206

=

$0

 

Engineering services

541330

15

256

5.86%

x

$109,134

=

$6,395

 

Erosion control; seeding

561730

2

42

4.76%

x

$89,887

=

$4,280

 

TOTAL

$1,008,000

$10,675

STEP 1 DBE BASE FIGURE =

1.06%

 

 


 

Table 3f:  DBEs—Valdosta Regional Airport, by Relevant NAICS Codes—FFY 2020

 

NEW AIRFIELD MAINTENANCE BUILDING (DESIGN)

Activity

NAICS CODES

DBE Firms

All Firms

Percent of DBE Firms Available

x

AIP Grant Dollars

=

DBE Dollars

 

Building construction

236220

0

18

0.00%

x

$40,230

=

$0

 

Utilities

237110

0

10

0.00%

x

$6,705

=

$0

 

Paving

237310

2

6

33.33%

x

$26,820

=

$8,940

 

Clearing and grubbing; grading

238910

0

7

0.00%

x

$20,115

=

$0

 

Fencing

238990

1

4

25.00%

x

$6,705

=

$1,676

 

Surveying

541370

4

26

15.38%

x

$6,705

=

$1,032

 

Testing

541380

1

29

3.45%

x

$6,705

=

$231

 

Grassing; erosion control

561730

2

42

4.76%

x

$20,115

=

$958

 

TOTAL =

$134,100

$12,837

STEP 1 DBE BASE FIGURE =

9.57%

 

 

Table 3g:  DBEs—Valdosta Regional Airport, by Relevant NAICS Codes—FFY 2021

 

MASTER PLAN UPDATE

Activity

NAICS CODES

DBE Firms

All Firms

Percent of DBE Firms Available

x

AIP Grant Dollars

=

DBE Dollars

 

Engineering services

541330

15

256

5.86%

x

$189,000

=

$11,074

 

Surveying

541370

4

26

15.38%

x

$78,750

=

$12,115

 

Geotechnical

541380

1

29

3.45%

x

$47,250

=

$1,629

 

TOTAL

=

$315,000

$24,819

STEP 1 DBE BASE FIGURE =

7.88%

 

 


 

Table 3h:  DBEs—Valdosta Regional Airport, by Relevant NAICS Codes—FFY 2021

 

NEW AIRFIELD MAINTENANCE BUILDING (CONSTRUCTION)

Activity

NAICS CODES

DBE Firms

All Firms

Percent of DBE Firms Available

x

AIP Grant Dollars

=

DBE Dollars

 

Commercial and Industrial Building Construction; Electrical; Plumbing, HVAC

236220, 238210, 238220

1

80

1.25%

x

$364,500

=

$4,556

 

Utilities

237110

0

10

0.00%

x

$60,750

=

$0

 

Paving

237310

2

6

33.33%

x

$243,000

=

$81,000

 

Clearing and grubbing; grading

238910

0

7

0.00%

x

$151,875

=

$0

 

Fencing

238990

1

4

25.00%

x

$30,375

=

$7,594

 

Construction administration services (Architectural)

541310

2

34

5.88%

x

$27,338

=

$1,608

 

Inspection; construction administration services (Civil)

541330

15

256

5.86%

x

$136,688

=

$8,009

 

Testing

541380

1

29

3.45%

x

$18,225

=

$628

 

Grassing; erosion control

561730

2

42

4.76%

x

$182,250

=

$8,679

 

TOTAL

$1,215,000

$112,074

STEP 1 DBE BASE FIGURE =

9.22%

 

SOURCES:

  1. 2016 County Business Patterns, US Census Bureau, April 2018.
  2. Georgia DOT UCP Directory, June 2019

 

NOTE:  The County Business Patterns data were used as the source to determine the denominator, or the number of all firms in the market area.  The DBE directories listed above were used to determine the numerator, or the number of DBE firms in the market area.

 

  1. Determination of the DBE Base Figure

 

The Step 1 DBE Base Figure for each project was derived by multiplying the dollars for each activity by the percentage of relevant DBE firms to all relevant firms.  The total DBE goal in dollars was divided by the total grant amount to derive the step 1 base figures.

 

FFY 2019

 

Runway 35 RPZ Obstruction Removal (Design)

6.42%

Wildlife Hazard Management Plan (WHMP) Drainage Improvements (Design)

4.40%

Taxiway M Fillet Widening and Strengthening (Construction); North T-Hangar Taxilane Rehabilitation

17.77%

 

 

 

 

FFY 2020

 

Runway 35 RPZ Obstruction Removal (Construction)

5.98%

WHMP Drainage Improvements (Construction)

1.06%

New Airfield Maintenance Building (Design)

9.57%

 

 

FFY 2021

 

Master Plan Update

7.88%

New Airfield Maintenance Building (Construction)

9.22%

 

  1. Adjustments to the DBE Base Figure

 

After the DBE Base Figure has been developed, the regulations (49 CFR Part 26) require that:

 

“…additional evidence in the sponsor’s jurisdiction be considered to determine what adjustment, if any, is needed to the base figure in order to arrive at your overall goal” (26:45(d)).

 

  1. Adjustment Factors to Consider

 

The regulations further state that there are several types of evidence that must be considered when adjusting the base figure.  These include:

 

“(i) The current capacity of DBEs to perform work in your USDOT-assisted contracting program, as measured by the volume of work DBEs have performed in recent years.

 

“(ii) Evidence from disparity studies conducted anywhere within your jurisdiction, to the extent it is not already accounted for in your base figure…

 

Table 4:  Valdosta Regional Airport DBE Accomplishments

FISCAL YEAR

DBE GOAL

ACCOMPLISHMENT

OVER/UNDER

 FFY 2014

12.20%

14.17%

1.97%

 FFY 2016

12.20%

0.00%

-12.20%

 FFY 2017

1.28%

4.44%

3.16%

MEDIAN =

4.44%

1.97%

Source:  faa.dbecivilrightsconnect.com

 

49 CFR Part 26.45(d)(2) also states that the following must be considered for the purposes of considering an adjustment to the base figure:

 

“(i) Statistical disparities in the ability of DBEs to get the financing, bonding and insurance required to participate in your program;

 

(ii) Data on employment, self-employment, education, training and union apprenticeship programs, to the extent you can relate it to the opportunities for DBEs to perform in your program.”

 

There are no local disparity studies or similar documents that can be utilized to adjust the Step 1 DBE base figure.  Several agencies were contacted, including the Governor’s Entrepreneur and Small Business Office (ESBO), the Georgia DOT Equal Opportunity Division, and Valdosta State University’s Small Business Development Center office in Valdosta GA.  None of the entities had any disparity studies or data available for the Lowndes County area, and none had any data available noting disparities regarding DBEs’ access to bonding, capital, insurance, etc. 

 

A disparity study was conducted for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the findings were released in July 2012.  The study demonstrated that there exists disparity between the availability of minority- and women-owned firms and DBEs to perform GDOT-funded work, and the utilization of said firms.  Because the study does not focus on FAA contracts, the disparity study data will not be used to make an adjustment to the base figure.

 

Valdosta State University’s Small Business Development Center office in Valdosta GA has consultants available to assist DBE firms in writing business plans; conforming to federal government regulations; bidding on federal, state, and local contracts; find capital, etc.  The agency does not conduct disparity studies but does provide resources to assist DBEs in obtaining a greater opportunity to participate in federal contracts.

 

  1. Adjustment to Step 1 DBE Base Figures: Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority, FFY 2019- FFY 2021

 

With the adjustment factors considered to this point, the Authority will adjust the Step 1 base figures as calculated above by adding the median accomplishment factor derived in Table 4, above (4.44%) to the base figure for each fiscal year as noted, and averaging the total, for an adjusted overall DBE goal. 

 


 

 

Table 5:  Overall DBE Goal Calculation – FFY 2019-2021

Federal Fiscal Year

Project

Step 1

Step 2 adjustment

Overall Goal

Federal portion project costs

DBE Goal (dollars)

FFY 2019

Runway 35 RPZ Obstruction Removal (Design)

6.42%

4.44%

5.43%

$63,000

$3,421

Wildlife Hazard Management Plan (WHMP) Drainage Improvements (Design)

4.40%

4.44%

4.42%

$109,800

$4,853

Taxiway M Fillet Widening and Strengthening (Construction); North T-Hangar Taxilane Rehabilitation

17.77%

4.44%

11.11%

$1,391,400

$154,515

FFY 2019 Total

10.41%

$1,564,200

$162,789

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FFY 2020

Runway 35 RPZ Obstruction Removal (Construction)

5.98%

4.44%

5.21%

$571,500

$29,775

Wildlife Hazard Management Plan (WHMP) Drainage Improvements (Construction)

1.06%

4.44%

2.75%

$571,500

$15,716

New Airfield Maintenance Building (Design)

9.57%

4.44%

7.01%

$134,100

$9,394

FFY 2020 Total

 

 

4.30%

$1,277,100

$54,885

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FFY 2021

Master Plan Update

7.88%

4.44%

6.16%

$315,000

$19,404

New Airfield Maintenance Building (Construction)

9.22%

4.44%

6.83%

$1,215,000

$82,985

FFY 2021 Total

 

 

6.69%

$1,530,000

$102,389

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FFY 2019 – 2021 Overall Goal

7.32%

 

$4,371,300

$320,063

 

Resources:      Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Methodology

 

  1. Resource Documents:

 

  1. 2016 County Business Patterns, US Census Bureau, April 2018.
  2. Georgia DOT UCP Directory, July 2018.
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