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By Brice Wallace

While still years away from being completed, the remaking of the Salt Lake City International Airport is expected to mean a smoother, better transportation experience for airline passengers. In the meantime, the project means financial opportunities for local businesses and professionals.

The unveiling of the parking garage, terminal and western ends of two concourses will take place in 2020 and the work on a new north concourse won’t be finished until 2023. That results in a great need for construction and a variety of professional services and commodities — everything from shuttle and parking systems to glass-cleaning and indoor landscaping.

“Those all will be needed to be filled when we get the new airport constructed by 2020, so we have to fill up a new, empty box with all of those things that make the airport work right now, that you might just pass on the way to your flight without noticing,” Cole Hobbs, contracts and purchasing manager for the Salt Lake City Department of Airports, said at the recent PTAC Procurement Symposium, an event highlighting opportunities for local companies to get involved in government contracting. The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers is part of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

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