Embry-Riddle: Houston vs. Rockford -- Trustees

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- While most of the nation focuses on November 2nd, it's a different November election that has captured the attention of Rockford leaders.

On November 12th Embry-Riddle Trustees are expected to vote on whether Houston or Rockford will be chosen to be the location of the University's third major campus In tonight's Landing Embry-Riddle segment we take a closer look at two very important ERAU Trustees.

Ken DuFour has done as much as anyone to put Rockford in the position of finalist. The ERAU alumnus has three decades of experience in aviation and he's the longest tenured Trustee, joining the board in 1998.

Meantime the other finalist city also has a trustee member. He's 40 year old Zane Rowe. Rowe was named to the board in March, making him the least tenured Trustee. But he may also have the deepest pockets, and he also may not be living in Houston much longer. Rowe was the Chief Financial Officer for Continental Airlines based in Houston. But he's now the CFO for the new Continental and United merger; and that's based in Chicago. So Rowe may be trading in his lawn mower for a snow blower, and may no longer have that strong an interest in seeing Embry-Riddle land in Houston.


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  • by Rich Location: Wisconsin on Oct 14, 2010 at 08:46 PM
    Hey Embry Riddle!!!! Just one question for you to solve all your concerns over which location is best for you: How much does one hurricane cause in damage, expenses and lost revenue for an aviation-based educational institution? Welome to Rockford where there has been fewer documented hurricanes than almost any other place in the continental United States. Wisconsin also welcomes you to our region.
  • by Joni Schultz Location: Houston on Oct 13, 2010 at 07:06 PM
    I agree with Mike, Houston does make more sense, lower taxes, more available staff for Aeronautical Engineering and lastly MORE available students in the Metro area. Lastly, Continental may be in Chicago for now but will they be in 5 years? ERAU is looking at a long term relationship with the city and Houston is the front runner on that. Besides the city of Houston could really use an aircraft maintenance program! ERAU we (Houston) want you!!
  • by James Location: Houston on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:29 AM
    Besides, we need pilots trained for all weather. Embry-Riddle already has campuses in AZ and FL. Illinios make a lot of sense for cold weather training. Houston does not offer any cold weather training opportunities at all. Embry-Riddle, if they are smart, will take diverse weather into consideration during the selection process.
  • by James Location: Houston on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    Houston, and Texas for that matter, is currently losing many productive businesses. I predict that Embry-Riddle will go with the clear winner here - Rockford. Why would any aviation outfit remain or move into in Houston? Houston is on track on becoming the next Los Angeles. In about 5 - 10 years nothing of any value will remain in Houston except for gangs and our beloved illegals. What good will it be for Houston to be the largest city in the US if Houston will not have a good solid job base or any opportunities for a quality education?
  • by Mike Location: Houston on Oct 13, 2010 at 05:27 AM
    Really? Does it really make sense to by pass Houston as the next Embry Riddle University campus? Houston, and Texas, has lower taxes, the state is not bankrupted like Illinois. Texas weather is more favorable for flying days, and the new campus would be located right next door to NASA, offering students more opportunity for internships and jobs in the aviation/aerospace industry. If Embry Riddle does go to Illinois, it will be all about politics, just like the decsion to located the new United to Chicago instead of remaining in Houston (since it is Continentals management, and culture running the new United).
  • by Barbara Location: Rockford on Oct 12, 2010 at 07:17 PM
    I hope you are right and Rockford has some advantages, but Houston is a "can do" City and tough competition.
  • by Vic Location: Rockford on Oct 5, 2010 at 08:57 PM
    Exciting news to be in the final runner up. But I have no doubt rockford will win.. They already know people around here will accwpt low wages..It's in the bag..
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