New Orleans is about to invest $546 million in the construction of a new terminal at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The project will provide 13,000 construction jobs over three years. This represents an enormous opportunity to address the black jobs crisis, encourage equitable economic development for workers across New Orleans, invest in young people’s futures, and reduce rates of violent crime—but only if those leading the construction commit to equitable job access, quality jobs with career ladders, and transparency.
The Community RFP, released to contractors on July 11, is based on responsible development principles for those contractors applying to be considered in the selection of the Construction Manager –At –Risk (CMAR) in the construction of the new terminal at Louis Armstrong Airport.
The Community RFP Process seeks to provide a platform for ensuring quality jobs and high standards on the airport expansion guided by these principles:
1. Fair Employment
2. Full Employment
3. Health, Safety and Security
4. Transparency, Monitoring and Compliance
A Community Evaluation Commission of respected leaders from New Orleans’ faith, policy, and civil rights communities will evaluate the contractor’s community benefits proposals. This Commission will release the contractors’ scores and full evaluation, and publicly support the winning joint venture in the city’s proposal process.
“In the last round of proposals we had to step in to stop a contractor who has been willing to lose money so they do not have to hire local workers. However, in this round both sides have an opportunity to earn our support by making real commitments to help us address the crisis that I see in my community every day.” Said Community Evaluation Commission Co-Chair Roy Brumfield, leader of Stand with Dignity