Press Release Article


Date: May 18, 2009
Press Release Number: 60-2009

The National Alliance to Advance NextGen, a Port Authority-led coalition of business, travel, tourism, civic, labor, education, airline and aviation officials created to urge full funding for initiatives to overhaul the country's air traffic control system and significantly reduce delays, has topped 250 member organizations.

The most recent among the 255 registrants include Boeing Company, the world's largest aerospace company with more than 160,000 employees, the General Electric Company, a 130-year-old global infrastructure, finance and media company, American Express, one of the world's largest travel agency networks with more than $25 billion in global travel sales processed in 2008, and Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., one of the oldest professional trade associations in the nation, representing more than 69,000 rooms and 32,000 employees.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, "We're tremendously excited about leading this effort to overhaul the nation's 1950s-era air traffic control system. This broad-based coalition reflects the importance of NextGen to America's economic future, and we look forward to securing federal funding for its implementation."

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, "NextGen is a state-of-the-art technology that is destined to reshape air traffic control systems and significantly reduce delays nationwide. We're optimistic that this widespread support will lead to commitments from Congress and the Obama administration to begin advancing these NextGen operations."

The Alliance's membership (a full list follows) features representatives from 21 states, the District of Columbia, and Brazil, and includes family-run businesses (Gilbane Building Company and Holt Construction); an international corporation with offices in 52 countries (Accenture); the world's largest business federation (the U.S. Chamber of Commerce); the nation's largest labor union (the International Brotherhood of Teamsters), and New York City's top corporate, investment and entrepreneurial firms (Partnership for New York City). Internationally known tourist attractions such as the Empire State Building, as well as small, neighborhood historical museums, like King Manor in Queens, also are members.

Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Susan Bass Levin said, "NextGen symbolizes the Port Authority's commitment to embrace top-of-the-line technology for national aviation initiatives as well as for our own facilities. As we continue to innovate new concepts to minimize and reduce air traffic delays, we're excited join with our new partners in the National Alliance."

The Alliance is calling for an FAA Reauthorization Bill that includes the billions of dollars necessary to advance, install and operate NextGen technology and procedures as quickly as possible, starting with the nation's most congested airspace like the metropolitan New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles areas. FAA studies have shown that 75 percent of the nation's air traffic delays have their genesis at one of the New York metropolitan region's airports.

As part of the FAA Reauthorization Bill, NextGen - which incorporates an advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) to help air traffic controllers move more aircraft with increased efficiency - will need a long-term, multi-year commitment from Congress and the administration. Total funding is expected to require $8 to $10 billion for the first 10 years, and $15 to $22 billion through 2025.

The National Alliance to Advance NextGen can be found at

Member Organizations as of May 8, 2009

Organization & State
1 AAA Contracting NJ
2 ACA Associates, Inc. NY
3 Academy Bus NY
4 Accenture NY
5 ADACEL Systems Inc. FL
6 Advanced Energy Dynamics MD
8 Aerospace Industries Association VA
9 Aerospace States Association VA
10 AFCO AvPORTS Management, LLC NJ
11 Air Carrier Association of America DC
12 Air Traffic Control Association VA
13 Air Transport Association DC
14 Air Travelers Association MD
15 Air2ground, LLC TX
16 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association MD
17 Airline Sales Managers Association of New York NY
18 Airport Consultants Council VA
19 Airport Revenue News FL
20 Airports Council International - North America DC
21 Alcatel-Lucent NJ
22 Alliance for the Arts NY
23 Allied Aviation NY
24 American Association of Airport Executives VA
25 American Council of Engineering Companies of NY NY
26 American Express Company NY
27 ARINC, Inc. MD
28 Association for a Better New York NY
29 Association for Minority Enterprises of New York NY
30 Aviation Capital Group CA
31 Aviation Development Council NY
32 Aviation Management Associates, INC VA
33 B. R. Guest Restaurants NY
34 BCD Travel TX
35 Big Apple Greeter NY
36 Boeing Company VA
37 Boy Scouts of America - Greater NY Councils NY
38 Broadway Association NY
39 Bronx Zoo NY
40 BTSystems, LLC MA
41 Building Trades Employers' Association of New York City NY
42 Bunny Grossinger Enterprises NY
43 Business Council of NYS NY
44 Business Travel Coalition PA
45 Cargo Airline Association DC
46 Carl Selinger Services NJ
47 Carpenters Local #370 NY
48 Carpenters Local #45 NY
49 CCGMMI Aviation NV
50 Chazen Companies, The NY
51 City of Chicago Department of Aviation IL
52 Clough Harbor Associates NJ
53 Clyde Lattimer Son Construction NJ
54 Coach USA NY
55 Concorde Worldwide NJ
56 Consumer Travel Alliance DC
57 Contego Systems NJ
58 Corgan Associates Architects PC NY
59 Council for Airport Opportunity NJ
60 Council of Airline Maintenance Managers (CALMM) NY
61 Cruz Enterprises NJ
62 Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport TX
63 D'Annunzio & Sons, Inc. NJ
64 Davin Inc. NY
65 Davler Media Group NY
66 Dimark Industries NY
67 DJH Consulting, LLC TX
68 Dockbuilders Local #1456 NY
69 Dolph Rotfeld Engineering, P.C. NY
70 Dunham Group, LLC WA
71 DY Consultants NY
72 Eldercare Learnings OH
73 Embraer S.A. Brazil
74 Empire Force Events NY
75 Empire State Building NY
76 Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters NY
77 Falcon Seaboard TX
78 Famous Famiglia - Famiglia DeBartolo NY
79 Federal Strategy Group DC
80 Five Star Parking NJ
81 Flatotel NY
82 FlightSafety International Inc. NY
83 Floor Coverers Local #2287 NY
84 Fox Shuffler NY
85 Frasca & Associates, LLC NY
86 Gateway Chamber of Commerce NJ
87 Gateway Group One NJ
88 General Contractors Association of New York NY
89 General Electric Company CT
90 Gennaro Construction Consulting NJ
91 George Harms Construction Co., Inc. NJ
92 Gilbane Building Company NY
93 Goshow Architects, LLP NY
94 Grand Central Partnership NY
95 Gray Line New York Sightseeing NY
96 Great Bay Aviation, LLC NH
97 Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce NJ
98 Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau TX
99 Greater Houston Partnership TX
100 Greater Jamaica Development Corporation NY
101 Greater New York Hospital Association NY
102 GreenWoods Consultants, Inc. NY
103 Group One Investments NJ
104 H M Equipment NY
105 H.E.A.R.T. 911 NJ
106 Halcrow, Inc. NY
107 Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, The NY
108 Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce SC
109 HMSHost MD
110 HNTB Corporation NY
111 Hogan Hartson, LLP DC
112 Holt Construction Corporation NJ
113 Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. NY
114 Houston Airport System TX
115 Hudson County Chamber of Commerce NY
116 Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation NY
117 I.D. Systems, Inc. NJ
118 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. - USA DC
119 International Airline Passengers Association TX
120 International Brotherhood of Teamsters DC
121 Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum NYC NY
122 Island Park Chamber of Commerce NY
123 J.C. Holdings, LLC TX
124 Jacobs Aviation/Civil Partners NY
125 JFK Air Ca

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