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Leaders Gather to Chart Airport's Future

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Community leaders and representatives from the Region business community gathered at IU Northwest Friday to chart a course for future development in and around Gary/Chicago International Airport. The intensive planning forum, or charrette, was hosted by the city of Gary, the Airport Authority, and the airport's new operator, AFCO/AvPorts. It comes four months after the approval of a historic public-private partnership for the airport, which includes a one-hundred-million-dollar long-term investment. Key stakeholders worked together in small groups on five subject areas: airport development, off-airport development, workforce development and local hiring, environment and sustainability, and transportation.  The groups presented their findings and ideas for review and discussion to a panel that included Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, State Representative Ed Soliday, who's on the Roads and Transportation Committee; Denise Dillard, Gary/Chicago Airport Authority Board Member & Lake County Appointee; Harley Snyder, Regional Development Authority board member, and Michael Zonsius, Chief Financial Officer, Chicago Department of Aviation.


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