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Hightman Chairs Airport Partnership Effort

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July 18, 2013 — The Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority says today a NISOURCE executive will lead the Authority’s public-private partnership committee.

Airport Authority President Nathaniel Williams has announced Carrie J. Hightman’s appointment as the chair of the Airport’s new ad hoc committee exploring public-private (P3) partnership investment in the airport and the surrounding area.

Hightman is executive vice president and chief legal officer of NiSource Inc., and she’s a member of the P3 committee, replacing David A. Bochnowski who resigned from the airport authority board and its P3 ad hoc committee.

Williams says, “Carrie Hightman is an exceptional leader, and we are pleased to have her at the helm of the P3 committee.”

The Airport Authority established the committee this year to develop “private sector interests to the airport’s Request for Expressions of Interest and Qualifications (REIQ) to gather a broad array of approaches and ideas to invest in the airport and the surrounding area through a potential public-private partnership (P3). The committee expects to release a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) within weeks.”

The Authority describes the airport at, “The third airport of the Chicago Aviation System, the Gary/Chicago International Airport is less than 30 minutes from the heart of the tri-state region – the city of Chicago. The airport is directly connected to Chicago’s transportation network through rail and maritime freight, interstate and mass transit integration.”


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