Elizabeth joins a growing network of community centers supporting major Port Authority redevelopment projects at Newark Liberty, JFK, LaGuardia, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal

ELIZABETH, NJ - As part of its ongoing commitment to the local community in the development of the $2.7-billion Terminal One Redevelopment Program at Newark Liberty International Airport, the Port Authority, joined by local and state officials, opened an airport outreach office this week in Elizabeth.

Designed as a central resource for local job and contracting opportunities for the Terminal One project, the Elizabeth office will serve local residents and businesses while also focusing on communication and building stronger community engagement.  Outreach staff also will assist in the recruitment of certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE), provide certification workshops and host job fairs. 

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The Elizabeth facility joins a growing network of community offices supporting major Port Authority redevelopment projects. Last month, an office opened in the city of Newark to support current and future Newark Liberty projects, and offices serving John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports and the Port Authority Bus Terminal also have opened in recent months.

“New Jersey’s diverse cities and urban centers provide a workforce and business community that is second to none,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “I applaud the Port Authority’s efforts to engage the people of Elizabeth during Terminal One’s development and construction, providing opportunities for small businesses and women- and minority-owned firms right in their own backyards.”

“The Port Authority’s commitment to keep our host communities involved in major construction projects is unprecedented in the agency’s nearly 100-year history,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “Opening community offices in the cities of Newark and Elizabeth will ensure local residents have direct access to the latest information and opportunities throughout the Terminal One Redevelopment Program.”

“The opening of the Elizabeth outreach office today illustrates the Port Authority’s commitment to the inclusionary process for minority- and women-owned businesses as subcontractors, vendors and consultants – not just for Terminal One, but for all of our projects,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. 

 "The new Terminal One at Newark Liberty International Airport will provide both residents and visitors to New Jersey a world-class experience and be a welcoming gateway to the Garden State. As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I believe this important project provides needed jobs and significant economic benefits to the state and the region," said U.S. Representative Albio Sires (NJ-8).

 “Having the Port Authority open an office in Elizabeth will give our residents and businesses a closer location to take advantage of the services and inclusive opportunities they provide for the new Terminal One Project,” said Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “Our city is not only the fourth largest in the state, but one of the most diverse, so I applaud their efforts in creating pathways for success in our community.”

Since November, the outreach offices have canvassed more than 1,300 local businesses with information on the Terminal One project with hundreds of local engagements with both businesses and community members. Through the end of 2018, the Terminal One project achieved 48 sub-contracts with MWBE firms totaling close to $200 million, and 56 sub-contracts with local firms, totaling about $630 million.

The Elizabeth office is located on the ground floor of 79 West Jersey Street, with hours of operation from Monday-Thursday, 1-5 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays). Appointments are recommended. For information and to schedule an appointment, outreach staff may be reached at 201-395-7421.

Terminal One is replacing the outmoded Terminal A. It will feature cutting-edge digital technology, superior dining and retail options in approximately one million square feet of space able to accommodate a projected 13.6 million passengers on three levels. The new terminal – which will have 33 common-use gates to handle larger aircraft and modernized check-in, security and baggage claim areas – is scheduled to be fully operational by 2022.

The $2.7-billion Terminal One Redevelopment Program is the state’s largest design-build project and is expected to generate more than $4.6 billion in regional economic activity, create more than 23,000 job years and provide more than $1.9 billion in wages.

For information, job and contracting opportunities for the Terminal One Redevelopment Program at Newark Liberty, click here.

*Photo's Courtesy of the City of Elizabeth. 

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