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Nine bids for terminal project thrown out

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Construction on a new terminal at Albany's airport should create jobs, but not for a while.

All nine bids for the project were thrown out because none had enough minority sub-contractors.

Material for phase one of the project is already on site, that which will start within a month.

It was awarded to Oxford Construction.

But the FAA says the companies bidding for phase two failed to show a good faith effort to find enough Disadvantaged Business Enterprise contractors.

"Our goal for the new terminal building is approximately 14.7 percent of DBE's so they need to try to find 14.7 percent of their cost with DBE contractors if they can't they have to show they tried to find those but for whatever reason the couldn't," said Yvette Aehle, Southwest Georgia Regional Airport Director.

The city wants minority-contractors who are DBE certified to show up to talk to bid contractors at the Government Center February 10th at 10 a.m.

Construction on the new terminal could start by late this summer.

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