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November 23, 2015


SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport (JWA) is conducting a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Disparity Study as required by Federal DBE contracting regulations to ensure that JWA remains eligible for Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration financial assistance on eligible projects.  The Airport has contracted with MGT of America to conduct the study.

The DBE Disparity Study is the primary means by which JWA can determine whether there is legal justification for the establishment, continuation or modification of programs designed to promote the full and fair participation of disadvantaged/minority-owned businesses in the Airport's contracting process.

Next month, John Wayne Airport will host three public meetings to introduce the DBE Disparity Study and accept comments from interested parties about their experiences doing business with the Airport. Comments received will be considered when preparing the DBE Disparity Study findings and recommendations for potential contracting changes.

"We welcome input from local businesses to help us ensure open and fair contracting policies at the Airport," said Supervisor Michelle Steel. "We encourage businesses who have done, or would like to do, business with JWA to attend one of these meetings and provide their comments."

The public meetings will be held in the John Wayne Airport Commission Room located at 3160 Airway Avenue in Costa Mesa, California, on the following:

  • Monday, December 7, 2015, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm or
  • Monday, December 7, 2015, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm or
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2015, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

For more information about John Wayne Airport's DBE Disparity Study, visit


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