ROCKFORD, IL-The Rockford Area Economic Development Council has launched a full-scale effort to attract an 85,000-square-foot flying school to the city’s airport. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is choosing between this city, Houston and Los Angeles for its third campus, at a reported $35 million cost.

The council has made attracting the school its number one priority, including creating a special Web site, a petition drive, and lobbying politicians and local community leaders. The Winnebago County Board will consider a resolution today to give $25,000 from its landfill revenue to the council for the effort.

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