Be Part of the Transformation of PIT

Learn about Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and ways to support the Terminal Modernization Program at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Small Business Networking – DBEs and Involvement with the Allegheny County Airport Authority


What is a DBE?

DBE stands for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. It is defined as a small business owned and controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual.


Why is the DBE program important?

The DBE Program was created in 1983 to eliminate discrimination in federally funded projects. Federal Regulations 49 CFR Part 26 sets forth the guidelines and requirements of the federal DBE Program for the airport.

The program ensures non-discrimination in awarding airport contracts and promotes use of DBE’s in all federally-assisted contracts.


DBE Goals for the Terminal Modernization Program

The Allegheny County Airport Authority has set a goal for 14% of construction contracts to be awarded to DBEs. However, that percentage is the floor, not the ceiling and the Airport Authority is taking initiative to do business with as many local companies and DBEs as possible.

There have been four Industry Days conducted at Pittsburgh International Airport which specifically targeted local DBE’s interested in working at the airport on the TMP project and other ongoing projects. Hundreds attended each event.

Our first-ever Vendor Product Pitch Fair held August 27, 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center was a great success! Thanks to the 130 companies who attended to pitch their products for possible use in the new terminal and multi-modal complex.


See Upcoming Opportunities



To view other upcoming events, visit our event calendar. EVENT CALENDAR >

To see DBEs currently working on the program, view the full list of subcontractors. SUBCONTRACTORS >


Past DBE Events

Meet the Primes Presentation – July 25, 2019

Small Business Networking – Aug. 8, 2019

DBE Bonding Series: Capacity Building Program – October 15-November 19, 2019

Are you Ready to do Business with the Airport Authority? – October 24, 2019

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Design Development Update

At the annual State of the Airport event on March 3, the Allegheny County Airport Authority unveiled its five-year ‘Smart Plan Forward’ and the latest updates for the Terminal Modernization Program.