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NASAO Participates in ACRP Event Hosting Prominent Thought Leaders

NASAO was on hand January 30th in Irvine, California as the ACRP Oversight Committee (AOC) hosted several prominent thought leaders from the airport industry to discuss emerging issues and the future of the airport industry.  These thought leaders, combined with AOC Members and ex officio representatives, represented diverse stakeholders, backgrounds, and disciplines in the airport industry.

The purpose of the AOC meeting was to receive a status report from ACRP staff, discuss ongoing efforts to implement the ACRP strategic plan, and discuss other items as appropriate. This included updates on the many projects that are in motion as well as the problem statements that are coming together for future research projects in anticipation of the filing deadline in March. The AOC also meets annually in the summer in Washington, DC to make a final selection of projects and to appropriate funds for the respective projects.

The strategic plan includes a key endeavor to encourage increased engagement among the participating associations – including, of course, members of NASAO.  “I’m honored to serve on the AOC, on behalf of the states, with such an incredible group of industry and airport leaders from across the country,” said NASAO President Mark Kimberling. “Between the thought leaders forum and the AOC meeting itself, this particular meeting provided a terrific opportunity to discuss, and collaborate on, existing and new problem statements and projects — and plan for the year ahead.”

In just the last two months, ACRP reported that they’ve had hundreds of industry practitioners join and lots of ideas submitted through IdeaHub — but the bigger goal is to turn these ideas into problem statements that the ACRP Oversight Committee will review and approve for the FY 2019 program year. The deadline for receipt of fully developed problem statements, formally submitted to ACRP, is March 20, 2018.

There are three things needed for each idea to become a problem statement ready for funding consideration:

  • Someone needs to volunteer to be the idea’s “owner,”
  • A team of SME practitioners is pulled together to develop and refine the idea into a problem statement, and
  • The owner needs to formally submit the completed problem statement by moving it to the Submitted stage in IdeaHub.

To date, there are lots of ideas in IdeaHub that need owners and people to join the idea team!  So, if you’d like to become more involved with an idea’s development and ensure that good ideas become problem statements (i.e., other than voting or providing comments), consider owning an idea and/or joining an idea’s team:

  • If you find an idea that doesn’t have an owner and you’d like to be its owner, click on “OWNERS” on the top banner of IdeaHub and review the requirements. Then, send a message to the topic moderator or send a message to @IdeaHub with your request.
  • If an idea already has an owner and is now in the BUILD-A-TEAM stage, feel free to join its team—all you have to do is open an idea, scroll down to Build a Team and then click on Fill this role (in blue text) for the role you’re interested in and then communicate/collaborate with the owner and others on the team as they foster the idea’s development into a problem statement.

ACRP and NASAO are working closely to encourage state aviation officials to submit projects. “We appreciate ACRP’s continued commitment to increasingly engage with the states – as this is in fact a core component of the strategic plan,” said Kimberling. “I thanked the group for this during my remarks and also for prioritizing our projects as two of the highest ranked projects this year – which further demonstrates the group’s appreciation of the important state role in the fostering, maintaining and developing our national system of airports.”

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