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The Public Private Partnership (“PPP”) between the City of Gary and AFCO/AvPORTS created this visioning document as a strategy to guide investment and development at and around the Gary/Chicago International Airport. The initiatives outlined in the document seek to position the Airport as a driver of economic growth, create a business- friendly environment for firms that require and support rail, highway, marine, pipeline, and air-oriented modes of transport, and market Gary and Northwest Indiana as a nexus of robust transportation and infrastructure networks.


Areas of Focus:

  1. The Airport
    • Secure customs capability
    • Return of commercial service
    • Market and promote the runway extension

  2. Surrounding Land
    • Advance road improvement projects
    • Promote development opportunities domestically and abroad
    • Respond to inquiries and engage broker community

  3. Infrastructure
    • Advance Buffington Harbor, Airport Road and Clark Road improvement initiatives
    • Advocate for higher and better use of lakefront properties
    • Integrate long term airport access vision into pending update of airport master plan

  4. Natural Assets
    • Formalize GYY airport sustainable practices protocol
    • Implement Rails to Trails Project
    • Pursue comprehensive approach to wetland issues

  5. Community Participation
    • Assemble a central information resources database
    • Create a one-stop website for job seekers
    • Establish a regional workforce development commission

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