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1. The Roles of Airport Policy Maker and Airport Manager general Key Po i nt Successful airports are characterized by an effective working relationship between airport policy makers and management. Local and appreciate the respective roles and responsibilities of In this context, it is important that policy makers understand each. In general, policy makers establish broad goals and objectives for management to accomplish. In turn, airport Policymakers management implements programs aimed at achieving these goals and objectives while operating the airport on a day- to-day basis. Airport Airport Owner Management The Airport D i s cu s s i on In the United States, it is typical for a city, county, or other public body to own and operate public airports. The appointed officials of these entities serve as airport policy makers often organized as an airport board, commission, authority, or local governing body. Airport FINANCIAL Policy Makers Airport Airport Owner Management rules 4

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Typical roles and responsibilities of the policy-making body and airport management are shown below: GENERAL Governing Body/Policy Maker Airport Management/Manager Establishes policy Implements policy Sets goals Runs the airport day-to-day Identifies strategies for fulfilling the vision Reports to the governing body Executes contracts Operates the airport safely and efficiently Serves as airport advocate Maintains the airport and its facilities Approves plans and programs Prepares financial plans Assigns and oversees the airport manager's Oversees public relations responsibilities Selects consultants and service providers Makes provisions for passengers and the public THE AIRPORT Recommends and enforces rules and regulations Oversees planning and construction projects Secures new business Airport policy-making boards generally have several documents that govern their activities, including: Bylaws -- rules of order and protocol for documenting official acts; Contracts and ordinances -- defines the board's relationship with the airport users and tenants; Rules and regulations -- outline the board's relationship with airport users not otherwise bound by contracts and ordinances (see Issue Paper - Rules # 18: What's Expected of Airport Tenants and Users); Job descriptions -- position descriptions for airport staff; Code of ethics -- establishes policies as required by local/state law regarding the conduct of board members; defines conflicts of interest; and FINANCIAL Annual budget -- outlines anticipated revenues and expenditures. App l i c at i o n Effective airport policy makers: Serve as airport advocates who understand and communicate the value of the airport to the community (see Issue Paper- General # 5: Understanding and Conveying the Value of Your Airport); Direct and support airport management; Are cognizant of the key financial information about their airport; Understand and have a tolerance for the myriad of federal, state, and local regulations; and Respect the board's governing principles (see Issue Paper- General # 2: Principles of Governance). RULES 5