Being Transparent to Ensure Public Trust

061209rduterminaltwo-48I am proud and humbled to Chair the RDU Airport Authority Board. As a public Board, appointed by elected officials in Wake and Durham counties and Raleigh and Durham cities, we ensure that the Authority acts in the public’s interest.

That’s why transparency is so important to us. This has recently been called into question by the Southern Environmental Law Center, as we issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to lease three parcels of airport-owned property.

In the interest of full transparency and to ensure that we respond appropriately to SELC’s claims, I have directed the executive team to engage outside counsel to review their allegations and our actions, and to work with us to respond to those allegations. I and the entire board, take the Authority’s compliance with applicable Open Meetings laws very seriously. The public expects us to, and rightfully so.

Trust is hard to earn but easy to lose. We stand by our actions and are excited to see viable lease proposals in response to our RFP.  In the meantime, rest assured that we are doing everything we possibly can to be a great airport for this community.