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Gary Public-Private Proposal Parties Listed

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August 29, 2013 — Gary/Chicago International Airport Administration is sharing the list of prospective partners who’ve submitted proposals for public-private development partnership with the airport.

Airport spokesperson James Ward III says the Airport received ten responses for its request for proposals, which were due this week.

He says members of the Ad Hoc Committee of The Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority Board reported that the responses to the Request for Proposals (RFP) to invest in the airport and the surrounding area include firms and organizations with a wide range of expertise in many sectors such as aviation, financial and real estate management as well as urban and environmental planning.

“We are very pleased with the number of respondents and the breadth of their expertise,” said Carrie J. Hightman, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee and executive vice president and chief legal officer of NiSource Inc.  “These respondents demonstrate the value that can be unlocked at the airport to create good jobs and sustainable development for Gary and the region.”

The committee will review, evaluate and recommend proposals, listed below, to the Airport Authority Board in September.


ACO Investment Group, Inc

Aviation Facilities Company (AFCO)/AvPorts Management LLClead

Associated team includes:

Guggenheim Partners

Loop Capital

The Arsh Group Inc.

Financial Network Center, LLC – lead

Associated team includes:

Purify Solutions


Visage 1 LLC

The GCIA Group, LLC – lead

Associated team includes:

NAI Hiffman

Clark Street Development

LCM, Inc.

The Williams Capital Group

Metropolitan Planning Council


MXD Development Strategists – lead

Associated team includes:

KAI Design & Build


Renditions Studio


Rice Financial Products Company


Z-Force Transportation, Inc – lead

Associated team includes:

Illinois Bulk Carrier, Inc.

Ward notes that in addition to the P3 exploration, major construction at the airport of a $166-million runway extending the main 7,000-foot runway by 1,900 feet continues.

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