Embry-Riddle Effort Gets Statewide Support From Realtors.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Chicago Area Realtors and Illinois Association of Realtors have both jumped aboard the Embry-Riddle momentum. Noth officially endorsed Rockford's Embry-Riddle pitch and they also put their money where their mouth is; by committing $25,000 to be used for promoting the business effort.

Also today the Rockford Area Realtors unveiled a billboard which you can already see on Perryville Road, and starting Wednesday it will be displayed in Daytona Beach right across the street from the Daytona International Speedway and the Embry-Riddle campus. Also the Daytona day-trip is sold out with 140 business leaders and chamber members heading to Daytona Beach on Saturday.

And as we continue are comparisons between the two finalists for a third campus, lets take a look at the airports that would be used in both Rockford and Houston.

Houston's campus would be located at Ellington Field: about 15 minutes southeast of the city. It's a former Air Force base that has three runways but none as big as RFD's largest. There are two other major advantages for Rockford; perhaps the biggest is when it comes to air space.

"Their air space is very complicated because it underlies Houston and the NASA facility there." said Greater Rockford Airport Executive Director Bob O'Brien, "If you were to take a look at it in a print it looks like spaghetti. Lots of lines all over the place. That is one of the treasures of RFD. The independently operated air space of RFD from Chicago O'Hare is a gold mine. It's a treasure unto itself. We can do what we want to do when we want to do it."

O'Brien feels another advantage is that RFD is located near open area with room for expansion, while Ellington field is boxed in all sides by residential homes.


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