MAC newsletter, January 2017

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Two new commissioners join the MAC


Governer Mark Dayton recently made two new appointments to the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC): Katie Clark Sieben of Edina, Minn. and Richard Ginsberg of St. Paul, Minn. Their terms began on Jan. 1.

Katie Clark Sieben's public sector experience includes serving as the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and as executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office.

In addition, she also has experience in business development and the private sector, including with Target Corporation. Additionally, Clark Sieben served as the director of community relations for National Wind, a startup wind energy developer.

Currently, she serves on advisory boards for the University of Minnesota Carlson School Global Institute and the University of Minnesota Office for Technology Commercialization.

Clark Sieben graduated from the University of Minnesota and received MSP Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" award in 2012 and "13 People to Watch" award in 2013. She was also recognized by Minnesota Business Magazine in 2014 through its "Power 50" award.


Richard Ginsberg is the sole proprietor of The Rotunda Group, a government relations firm that focuses on state and local government issues.

Previously, he worked in the administration of Governor Rudy Perpich, Hennepin County's Office of Governmental Affairs and the law firm Lockridge Grindal Nauen.

Additionally, Ginsberg served as a member of the Visit Saint Paul Board's Executive Committee and also chaired the board's Building and Finance committees.

Ginsberg was born and raised in Hibbing, Minn., earned his BA in criminal justice and public administration from St. Cloud State University, and completed course work at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

New nonstop destinations offered out of MSP


Two airlines recently announced new nonstop service out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

Southwest Airlines will add nonstop flights to Nashville beginning June 4.

The airline currently has about 12 percent more seats scheduled out of MSP for the first quarter of 2017 compared to 2016, and 7 percent for the second quarter.

The additional capacity is associated with the addition of service to Baltimore-Washington International Airport that began last April, more seasonal service to Florida destinations in 2017, seasonal Las Vegas service offered from March 9 to April 23, and the Nashville service.

Both the Baltimore-Washington and Nashville nonstops are offered year-round.

Alaska Airlines announced recently that it will add nonstop service to San Francisco starting July 18. Alaska will offer a morning and an afternoon flight each day from MSP to San Francisco.

The flights will be on 76-seat E175 jets operated by SkyWest Airlines.

T-coil increasingly common at MSP; assists hearing aid users

When the Metropolitan Airports Commission board chambers recently had new carpet installed, a telecoil system was laid down first to assist hearing aid users.

The telecoil, commonly called a t-coil, is connected to the public address system in the Commission chambers and will emit a magnetic signal that can be picked up with a t-coil-equipped hearing aid. The system should be in operation by early March. 

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A t-coil system was secured to the floor in the commission chambers prior to carpet installation.


T-coils were originally used to boost magnetic signals from telephone handsets.

In the United States today, more than 70 percent of hearing aids and all new cochlear implants are equipped with a t-coil, allowing users better sound reception in areas that use the equipment to transmit a signal.

At MSP, t-coils are being installed in public areas whenever they’re constructed or remodeled, said Alan Howell, the MAC’s senior airport architect.

The new gates that opened recently at Terminal 2-Humphrey, the short film space on Concourse C, and the international arrivals area in Terminal 1 are all equipped with t-coils. When the renovation work along the front of Terminal 1-Lindbergh is complete, that area will have a t-coil system as well.

MSP job fair at Terminal 2-Humphrey attracts a crowd

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An estimated 200 people attended a job fair at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) earlier this month, with some hiring done on the spot.

Attendees were able to find out about jobs in the hospitality, restaurant, retail, airline and aviation-related fields.

The openings included both full-time and part-time positions and cover all skill levels.

With the numerous openings of new concessions at MSP, more hiring is still taking place.

A current list of job openings is available online here.

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