Firm recognized for commitment to building diverse project teams and establishment of workforce development programs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 15, 2021) – Earlier today, officials with Airports Council International-North America named HNTB the recipient of a 2021 Inclusion Champion Award. According to ACI-NA, this recognition goes to a company for “successful leadership and achievement in the inclusion of new diverse business, workforce diversity, outreach and advocacy.”
“Being recognized as a champion of inclusion is a testament to the hard work, collaboration and commitment of our aviation professionals and our clients across the country,” said Lou Russo, HNTB national aviation market sector leader. “We recognize that diversity, in its many forms, brings needed insight and perspective to the work we do, and that committing ourselves to helping build a more inclusive and equitable workforce expands opportunity and ultimately delivers better results.”
As part of this commitment, HNTB has worked to build a diversity of talent and provide opportunity for small businesses to play important roles on projects at some of the largest airports in the country, including Orlando International Airport, Denver International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.
In 2009, HNTB established the firm’s Partners Program which focuses on building relationships with minority- and women-owned firms, helping them to expand their relationship networks that can yield more opportunities to work on transportation projects across the country. Additionally, the firm partners with Direct Employers to post open positions on more than 250 diversity state and local job boards as well as partnering with historically black colleges and universities on 26 outreach programs to help build a more diverse workforce.
HNTB also takes a leadership role in prominent industry organizations, including the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Airport Minority Advisory Council, Women’s Transportation Seminar, Society of Women Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers, as well as being heavily involved in STEM education programs across the country.