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Houston Hopeful to Land Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Campus

October 11, 2010

Houston, TX - Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Houston Airport System officials and business leaders host Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s (ERAU) President, Dr. John Johnson on a visit to the city during a whirlwind trip on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. ERAU is the world's oldest, largest, and most prestigious university specializing in aviation and aerospace.

“I am excited that Houston is a finalist for the location of a new Embry Riddle Aeronautical University,” said Mayor Parker. “As home to Ellington Airport and NASA, Houston would be the perfect location for ERAU students. This is a university that would provide education in a specialized field that would bring even more prestige to Houston, which is why we hope to be their final choice.”

This will be the third campus for the university which will consist of 1,000 students and 300 employees. Their symbol is the eagle.

“The first words spoken as man was landing on the moon were --Houston...the eagle has landed,” said Mario C. Diaz, director of aviation. “We are hoping that history repeats itself and some day in the near future, the eagle landing at Ellington Airport will be Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.”

Sterling High School’s marching band, ERAU alumni, members of the Greater Houston Partnership, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership and other community organizations will welcome ERAU officials throughout the day. Ellington Airport also created a “hay display” which spells out ERAU and can be seen as university officials tour the area.

Over the last few weeks, the list of potential locations for ERAU’s campus was whittled down to two locations including Houston. The city has quite a few advantages including:

• A world-class commerce and aviation center with 600 acres of land and property available at Ellington Airport

• Home to a comprehensive collection of the finest military organizations in the world, which will be the base of more than 6,000 military reservists and active duty members

• Home to the largest hub for the largest airline in the world

• Nearly 50-year presence of the Johnson Space Center near Ellington has brought hundreds of allied businesses to the area and a workforce of more than 14,000 employees

Background on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle has residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, as well as a Worldwide Campus dedicated to providing educational opportunities to working adults.

• The campus provides educational opportunities to off-campus students at more than 170 centers in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East. In addition, degree programs can be pursued anywhere in the world through Web-based online learning

• Within one year of graduation, 96-percent of Embry-Riddle graduates are employed or are continuing their education

• Combined annual enrollment for all campuses is more than 34,000


The Houston Airport System (HAS) served more than 48 million passengers in 2009. Houston's three airports, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) contribute more than $24 billion to the regional economy. IAH is the 8th busiest airport in the nation and ranks among the top five airports in the world for customer satisfaction. Eighteen airlines offer non-stop flights from IAH to more than 170 destinations worldwide including nonstop flights and connections to more destinations in Mexico than any other airport in the nation. For more information, visit

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