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Houston Targets Prestigious Aeronautical University


City is finalist for campus location


Houston Airport System
December 16, 2010




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The team from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University visited Houston on October 12.

Houston is pulling out all the stops in its attempt to land a new residential campus from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU).

As one of two cities considered to be a finalist for the new campus location, officials with the Houston Airport System are hoping to have a final decision from campus leaders by March 2011.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker is a strong supporter of the new campus.

“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.”

Administrators with ERAU, including University President Dr. John P. Johnson, already received a red carpet welcome from Houston’s city and business leaders.

The ERAU team conducted a visit in Houston on October 12, which included an aerial tour and a meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Director of aviation Mario C. Diaz believes Houston’s aeronautical heritage will help the team sway decision makers in the competition.

“The first words spoken ever spoken on the moon were, “Houston, the eagle has landed,” Diaz said during the welcoming ceremony. “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.”

Houston leaders are also touting the 600 acres at Ellington Airport available for future development, strong existing ties with the United States Military, and a partnership with the Johnson Space Center which dates back almost 50 years.

The campus would have approximately 1,000 students, along with 300 employees.

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