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ACRP Airport Cooperative Research Program REPORT 20 RISK IDENTIFICATION AIRPORT STRATEGIC PLAN RISK MANAGEMENT MARKETING BUSINESS MASTER LAND USE PLAN PLAN PLAN PLAN PLAN INSURANCE AIR SERVICE CONTRACTS FACILITIES ACQUISITIONS RESOURCE AND STAFFING PLAN TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN Strategic Planning Sponsored by in the Airport Industry the Federal Aviation Administration
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ACRP OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE* TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD 2009 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE* CHAIR OFFICERS James Wilding CHAIR: Adib K. Kanafani, Cahill Professor of Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley Independent Consultant VICE CHAIR: Michael R. Morris, Director of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Arlington VICE CHAIR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Robert E. Skinner, Jr., Transportation Research Board Jeff Hamiel MinneapolisSt. Paul MEMBERS Metropolitan Airports Commission J. Barry Barker, Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY MEMBERS Allen D. Biehler, Secretary, Pennsylvania DOT, Harrisburg James Crites Larry L. Brown, Sr., Executive Director, Mississippi DOT, Jackson DallasFort Worth International Airport Deborah H. Butler, Executive Vice President, Planning, and CIO, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Richard de Neufville Norfolk, VA Massachusetts Institute of Technology William A.V. Clark, Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles Kevin C. Dolliole Unison Consulting David S. Ekern, Commissioner, Virginia DOT, Richmond John K. Duval Nicholas J. Garber, Henry L. Kinnier Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Beverly Municipal Airport Virginia, Charlottesville Kitty Freidheim Jeffrey W. Hamiel, Executive Director, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, MN Freidheim Consulting Edward A. (Ned) Helme, President, Center for Clean Air Policy, Washington, DC Steve Grossman Jacksonville Aviation Authority Randell H. Iwasaki, Director, California DOT, Sacramento Tom Jensen Susan Martinovich, Director, Nevada DOT, Carson City National Safe Skies Alliance Debra L. Miller, Secretary, Kansas DOT, Topeka Catherine M. Lang Neil J. Pedersen, Administrator, Maryland State Highway Administration, Baltimore Federal Aviation Administration Pete K. Rahn, Director, Missouri DOT, Jefferson City Gina Marie Lindsey Los Angeles World Airports Sandra Rosenbloom, Professor of Planning, University of Arizona, Tucson Carolyn Motz Tracy L. Rosser, Vice President, Regional General Manager, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Mandeville, LA Hagerstown Regional Airport Rosa Clausell Rountree, CEOGeneral Manager, Transroute International Canada Services, Inc., Richard Tucker Pitt Meadows, BC Huntsville International Airport Steven T. Scalzo, Chief Operating Officer, Marine Resources Group, Seattle, WA Henry G. (Gerry) Schwartz, Jr., Chairman (retired), Jacobs/Sverdrup Civil, Inc., St. Louis, MO EX OFFICIO MEMBERS C. Michael Walton, Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, University of Texas, Austin Sabrina Johnson Linda S. Watson, CEO, LYNXCentral Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Steve Williams, Chairman and CEO, Maverick Transportation, Inc., Little Rock, AR Richard Marchi Airports Council International--North America Laura McKee EX OFFICIO MEMBERS Air Transport Association of America Thad Allen (Adm., U.S. Coast Guard), Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, DC Henry Ogrodzinski National Association of State Aviation Officials Peter H. Appel, Administrator, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, U.S.DOT Melissa Sabatine J. Randolph Babbitt, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S.DOT American Association of Airport Executives Rebecca M. Brewster, President and COO, American Transportation Research Institute, Smyrna, GA Robert E. Skinner, Jr. George Bugliarello, President Emeritus and University Professor, Polytechnic Institute of New York Transportation Research Board University, Brooklyn; Foreign Secretary, National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC James E. Caponiti, Acting Deputy Administrator, Maritime Administration, U.S.DOT SECRETARY Cynthia Douglass, Acting Deputy Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Christopher W. Jenks Administration, U.S.DOT Transportation Research Board LeRoy Gishi, Chief, Division of Transportation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC Edward R. Hamberger, President and CEO, Association of American Railroads, Washington, DC John C. Horsley, Executive Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC Rose A. 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AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM ACRP REPORT 20 Strategic Planning in the Airport Industry RICONDO & ASSOCIATES, INC. Chicago, IL BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON, INC. McLean, VA GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY Fairfax, VA NATIONAL SERVICE RESEARCH Fort Worth, TX Subject Areas Aviation · Planning and Administration Research sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD WASHINGTON, D.C. 2009 www.TRB.org
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AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM ACRP REPORT 20 Airports are vital national resources. They serve a key role in trans- Project 03-09 portation of people and goods and in regional, national, and inter- ISSN 1935-9802 national commerce. They are where the nation's aviation system ISBN 978-0-309-11814-9 connects with other modes of transportation and where federal respon- Library of Congress Control Number 2009941762 sibility for managing and regulating air traffic operations intersects with the role of state and local governments that own and operate most © 2009 National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. airports. Research is necessary to solve common operating problems, to adapt appropriate new technologies from other industries, and to introduce innovations into the airport industry. 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COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAMS CRP STAFF FOR ACRP REPORT 20 Christopher W. Jenks, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Crawford F. Jencks, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Michael R. Salamone, ACRP Manager Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Ellen Chafee, Editor ACRP PROJECT 03-09 PANEL Field of Policy and Planning David J. Boenitz, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, San Diego, CA (Chair) Randall Berg, Salt Lake City Department of Airports, Salt Lake City, UT Kenneth Fullerton, Fullerton & Friar, Inc., Largo, FL Lynn Goldschmidt, D & G Consulting Group, LLC, Glencoe, IL Kimberly Kenville, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND Dawna L. Rhoades, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL Burr Stewart, Port of Seattle, Seattle, WA Richard Tucker, Huntsville International Airport, Huntsville, AL Bryon Rakoff, FAA Liaison Christine Gerencher, TRB Liaison AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ACRP Report 20: Strategic Planning in the Airport Industry (the Guidebook) was prepared under Air- port Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Project 03-09. The prime contractor was Ricondo & Asso- ciates, Inc. (R&A). The subcontractors were Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.; George Mason University; and National Service Research. The Principal Investigator was Pete Ricondo, P.E., R&A Senior Vice President, and the Associate Principal Investigator was Shawn Kinder, R&A Vice President. Additional research and writing support were provided by Sebastien Carreau and Andrew Eastmond, both of R&A. Valuable production assistance was provided by Natalie Leaman and other members of the graphics design team at R&A. A large number of individuals provided vital input to the Guidebook through their participation in focus groups and online surveys; these individuals are listed in Appendix B: Contributors to the Focus Groups and Online Survey.
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FOREWORD By Michael R. Salamone Staff Officer Transportation Research Board ACRP Report 20: Strategic Planning in the Airport Industry provides practical guidance on the strategic planning process for airport board members, directors, department leaders, and other employees; aviation industry associations; a variety of airport stakeholders, con- sultants, and other airport planning professionals; and aviation regulatory agencies. A work- book of tools and sequential steps of the strategic planning process is provided with the report as CRP-CD-73. Airports provide critical connections in the operation of the transportation system and have significant multiplier effects on national and regional economies. To meet their social, economic, operational, and environmental obligations in the face of changing conditions, airports often undergo dramatic transformations in business models, facilities, and social responsibilities. The airport industry, like other industries, is challenged when sudden or unexpected changes occur in the marketplace. Recent advances in long-term strategic plan- ning have developed sustainable methods of managing change in the presence of uncer- tainty. Yet, the strategic planning process has not been widely embraced in the airport industry. Airport professionals and members of airport policy boards can use the strategic planning process to manage these transformations effectively and proactively. Under ACRP Project 03-09, Ricondo & Associates was asked to provide a comprehen- sive, user-friendly management tool that could be used to design, implement, and under- stand the strategic planning process, leading to the development of an airport strategic plan. According to the results of the survey conducted as part of the research for this proj- ect, almost three-quarters of respondents viewed the development of a strategic plan as "a necessity" for their airport organization. ACRP Report 20 sets a common process and key considerations for applying strategic planning in an airport setting. The report integrates knowledge, expertise, opinions, and recommendations of airport executives and other air- port industry professionals gained through focus group discussions, a survey, one-on-one interviews, and workshops. The report reflects an extensive outreach process undertaken to ensure that the contents reflects industry practices, views, opinions, and professional expertise from aviation professionals as they relate to airport strategic planning. This report is also closely tied to airport performance measurement, which is now being addressed by ACRP Project 01-06. The results of both projects should be examined and utilized together.
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CONTENTS P A R T 1 Introduction and Definition of Strategic Planning 3 Chapter 1 Introduction 3 1.1 Purpose of the Guidebook 5 1.2 The Guidebook Structure 6 Chapter 2 What Is Strategic Planning? 6 2.1 Definition 6 2.2 The Airport Strategic Planning Framework 14 2.3 The Key Benefits of Strategic Planning 16 2.4 The Airport Planning Processes P A R T 2 The Strategic Planning Sequence 21 Chapter 3 Creating a Process Plan and Road Map 21 3.1 Defining the Need to Initiate the Strategic Planning Process 22 3.2 Defining Specific Benefits 24 3.3 Assessing the Organization's Readiness 25 3.4 Defining the Scope of the Process 27 3.5 Defining the Expected Outcome of the Process in Terms of a Written Plan 32 3.6 Defining the Stakeholders 41 3.7 Defining Who Should Facilitate the Strategic Planning Sessions 44 Chapter 4 Evaluating and Understanding the Organization 44 4.1 Conducting a Historical Review of the Organization 45 4.2 Reviewing Historical Performance Statistics 48 4.3 Identifying Factors Critical to Achieving or Not Achieving Previously Set Goals 49 4.4 Examining How the Organization's Governance Structure Has Evolved (Optional) 52 Chapter 5 Defining and Articulating the Organization's Mission, Vision, and Values 52 5.1 Mission Statements 56 5.2 Vision Statements 58 5.3 Values Statements 62 Chapter 6 Scanning the Environment and Predicting Developments 63 6.1 Internal Assessment 68 6.2 External Environment Scan 84 6.3 Tools to Assess the Future of the Organization and Formulate Strategies
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90 Chapter 7 Identifying Strategic Issues, Strategies, and Long-Term Objectives 90 7.1 Identifying Strategic Issues 91 7.2 Determining a Generic Strategy 95 7.3 Grand Strategies 96 7.4 Setting Long-Term Objectives 99 Chapter 8 Formulating Short-Term Objectives and Creating Action Plans 99 8.1 Formulating Short-Term Objectives 101 8.2 Creating an Action Plan to Implement Short-Term Objectives 103 Chapter 9 Writing, Communicating, and Executing the Plan 103 9.1 Defining the Purpose and Content of the Written Strategic Plan 105 9.2 Defining Internal Communication Strategies 105 9.3 Defining External Communication Strategies 106 9.4 Implementing the Plan 118 Chapter 10 Monitoring, Evaluating, and Modifying the Plan 118 10.1 Monitoring Strategic Plan Implementation 119 10.2 Reviewing Strategic Plan Implementation and Modifying the Strategic Plan 121 Appendix A Glossary of Terms 123 Appendix B Contributors to the Focus Groups and Online Survey