Providing Opportunities For Businesses Large and Small

In April, we opened Terminal 1, which was the last major piece of our decades-long facility improvement program. Now, we’re shifting our focus to maintaining and enhancing the world-class facilities and programs that you enjoy at RDU. 

Major construction is compete at RDU, but there are many opportunities for maintenance and enhancement contracts ahead.

Major construction is compete at RDU, but there are many opportunities for maintenance and enhancement contracts ahead.

Over the next three-to-five years, we’ll be launching a number of projects that will help us with long-term maintenance and enhancement of the airport. Before we begin, we’re reaching out to consultants and professional services providers to introduce our upcoming business opportunities and to explain how to do business with the airport. The first requests for proposals are scheduled to be released later this summer.

Business Opportunity Fair

To get started, we’re inviting professional services companies to a business opportunity and networking fair on August 7.  We’re inviting firms that specialize in architecture, engineering, planning, environmental assessment, GIS, landscape design and many other professional service trades.

As an airport, two of the things we value most are learning and excellence. At this fair, we will introduce our upcoming opportunities and meet firms that can bring some of the best techniques for tackling these projects.

What We’ll Cover

At the fair, RDU staff will share:

  • Detailed information about upcoming projects
  • How to get your company registered to work with the Airport Authority
  • Information on the solicitation process
  • Tips for responding quickly and thoroughly to RDU solicitations
  • Speed networking with RDU project managers

Networking Opportunities

We’re proud to have a robust minority-and-women-owned small business program at the airport. During the fair, we’ll share more about our program. Each of our upcoming projects will include small business goals that ensure that qualified small, minority- and women-owned businesses are included in each contract opportunity.

A feature of the fair is the opportunity to network with small business owners and managers and to form connections that will be key in responding to the airport’s solicitations. Our experience has been that these connections benefit firms not only for work with RDU, but also in the wider community.


If you’re interested in doing business with the Airport Authority, learn more about our August 7 event and register here.  Also, check out our web site for the latest contract opportunities. And, be sure to connect with us on LinkedIn and our other social media channels for the latest news and information about RDU.

About Andrew Sawyer

Andrew Sawyer is the External Communication Specialist for the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and is the main writer for RDU’s website, electronic communication and airport publications. He’s also the primary face behind RDU’s social media channels. Andrew also assists with many other things, from media relations to event planning. In fact, he has an advanced degree in "other duties as assigned."
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