Minority, Women, Local Businesses

As a part of the JFK Redevelopment Program, the Port Authority is working closely with terminal developers to engage minority and women-owned businesses (M/WBE) along with other small businesses in every aspect of the Redevelopment Program. The Redevelopment has a goal of 30 percent participation by MWBEs, as well as a preference on local small businesses. To qualify for procurement opportunities with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, be sure to certify your firm as a M/WBE. Click here to start the online application.

A “Local Business Enterprise” or “LBE” shall mean, as a first priority, a business entity located within the following zip codes: 11405, 11411, 11412, 11413, 11414, 11416, 11417, 11418, 11419, 11420, 11421, 11422, 11423, 11428, 11429, 11430, 11432, 11433, 11434, 11435, 11436, 11451, 11691, 11692, 11693, 11694, 11695, 11697, 11559, 11598, 11096, 11516, 11557, 11003, 11580, 11581, 11582 (the “Tier 1 Zone”); and as a second priority, LBEs located within the Borough of Queens, New York (the “Tier 2 Zone”).

View Map of Tier 1 ZIP Codes

In order to be eligible for LBE participation credit, a firm must have its principal place of business located within Tier 1 Zone or Tier 2 Zone for at least one year. A principal place of business is the firm’s main office or headquarters, where high-level officers direct, control and coordinate the firm’s activities.

Firms may also be eligible for LBE participation credit if they conduct significant business activities within Tier 1 Zone or Tier 2 Zone. In order to receive credit for a firm not having its principal place of business within [Tier 1 Zone or Tier 2 Zone], the Lessee must submit an LBE review request to the Port Authority Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Government & Community Relations Department detailing the proposed firm’s business activities both within and outside of Tier 1 Zone or Tier 2 Zone, including information on the length of time they have been conducted.

The determination of eligibility for LBE credit shall be at the discretion of the Port Authority, and may be based on a number of factors, including but not limited to the significance of the activities in Tier 1 Zone and Tier 2 Zone in comparison to the firm’s overall activities, and the number of employees a firm has residing in Tier 1 Zone and Tier 2 Zone. Any recent business presence established for the purpose of LBE eligibility on a Port Authority project, including but not limited to new office locations and the hiring of Tier 1 Zone and Tier 2 Zone employees, shall not be considered.

Project Readiness Bootcamp
Project Readiness Boot Camp for Local MWBEs

The Port Authority of NY & NJ is sponsoring a JFK Redevelopment Project Readiness Boot Camp for Local Minority- or Women-Owned Business Enterprises. This intensive, virtual boot camp will prepare your firm with the necessary tools and resources to bid on upcoming Early Works projects at JFK Airport. See below for information about each session and how to register.

For more information or if you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Become a Port Authority Vendor

In order to best access opportunities with the JFK Redevelopment Program, businesses should register as a vendor with the Port Authority prior to bidding for contract opportunities.  Click here to register.

Become Certified Supplier Diversity
Supplier Diversity

At The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, we believe that Minority, Women-owned, Small, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MWSDBE) and Service-disabled Veteran-owned Small Businesses (SDVOB) offer unique perspectives and philosophies that greatly enhance our operations. Our supplier diversity program helps these enterprises participate in Port Authority business activities and provides diverse and inclusive contract opportunities. CLICK HERE for more information.

Business Opportunities - Procurement

Port Authority solicitations and bid openings are handled through the PA’s procurement department.  Click here for a list of current solicitations.

Aviation Industry Buyer Opportunities

The JFK Redevelopment Program will also include ensuring opportunities in the professional services fields. A variety of events will provide networking opportunities and technical assistance for small businesses seeking to participate. A focus of the community relations effort will be to identify local businesses and assist them in gaining the appropriate certifications to facilitate their ability to compete for contracts.

TWA Hotel

The TWA Hotel at JFK Airport is Hiring! MCR/MORSE Development has nearly finished restoring the landmark 1962 TWA terminal into JFK Airport’s only on-airport hotel. The TWA Hotel — complete with 512 guestrooms, 50,000 square feet of event space, multiple restaurants and a cocktail lounge housed in a 1958 Lockheed Constellation airplane — will open its doors to guests, world travelers and New York City residents this spring. Hiring has begun for 795 roles based at the hotel, from entry-level to property leadership. New opportunities will be posted frequently at


Council for Airport Opportunity


  • Job search assistance and referral to prospective employers
  • Career counseling
  • Orientation for success in employment
  • Skills training opportunities
  • Internship/Apprenticeship opportunities


Empire State Development

New York State continues to be a major partner in the Redevelopment program and we encourage you to fill out an addendum form to also certify with the States MWBE program. The Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development aims to promote equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs and to eliminate barriers to their participation in state contracts.