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Two construction projects will impact traffic to and from Denver International Airport (DEN) this week.

Inbound Peña Blvd. lanes (heading to DEN) between Tower Rd. & the RTD bridge will be restored to their pre-existing, permanent alignment. A right inbound lane closure will be in effect from approximately 8 p.m. on May 28 to 4 a.m. on May 29. Additionally, crews will replace a damaged overhead electronic message board sign on May 28 and 29 on outbound Peña Blvd. (leaving DEN). Work is expected to start around 10 p.m. on May 28 and finish around 4 a.m. on May 29, and again around 10 p.m. on May 29 to 4 a.m. on May 30. At approximately 1 a.m., between Tower Road and E 56th Avenue, a slow rolling closure of Peña Boulevard traffic will be implemented for less than 10 minutes. Speeds will be significantly reduced. Crews will be transporting and setting bridge girders on E-470 over outbound Peña Blvd. (leaving DEN) between 11 p.m. on May 30 until 6 a.m. on May 31. Between Jackson Gap Street and E-470, approximately once every hour, slow, rolling closures of Peña will be implemented for approximately seven minutes. Speeds will be significantly reduced during this time.

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Denver International Airport Offers Revolving Loan Fund to Help Kickstart Women and Minority Entrepreneurs


DENVER – April 1, 2016 – Women and minority entrepreneurs entering the airport concessions business community for the first time can now apply online for gap financing provided by Denver International Airport (DEN).

The Airport Concession Loan Program is a $1 million revolving loan fund that provides financial assistance for first-time concessionaires. The program is administered by DEN’s Revenue Management division and will provide up to $250,000 per loan to provide gap financing during initial construction of a retail or dining location within the airport.

“Denver International Airport generated a record $336 million in gross concessions revenue in 2015, making DEN a very attractive place to do business,” said Bhavesh Patel, DEN’s chief revenue officer. “But getting your start in the highly competitive airport business environment requires a tremendous amount of time, energy and capital investment. This revolving loan program provides a mechanism for new airport concessionaires to tap into gap financing during buildout, and helps support our newest partners as their business venture takes off.”

To be eligible, business owners must be certified under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program, which provides opportunities for minority- and women-owned firms to participate in airport concessions. Certified firms must also be new to airport concessions, demonstrate a need for gap financing and meet other eligibility criteria.

More information about the program, including an online application, is available at

In 2015, DEN was selected by the FAA as the winner of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advocate and Partner Award. The award, issued by the FAA’s Office of Civil Rights, recognizes the airport’s role in promoting opportunities for small businesses and certified minority-owned firms in concessions, construction and professional services at the airport. The FAA’s ACDBE program has been a particular success at DEN. Since 2006, the airport has helped grow the percentage of gross concessions revenue earned by certified firms from 27.14 percent ($52.4 million) in FY05-06, to 39.35 percent ($129.9 million) in FY13-14 – exceeding the airport’s annual goal of 33 percent and setting an all-time record for concessions revenue earned by disadvantaged businesses at DEN. In 2015, DEN had 168 contracts with certified ACDBE firms, generating a total of $129.8 million in gross revenue, representing 37.7 percent of the overall concessions revenue.

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