"The optimal course of action was for the authority to take over the airport from the city of Willoughby with the county as our cosponsor, and we would manage it as a self-supporting entity," said Harry Allen, chairman of the Lake County Port and Economic Development Authority Board.
"That is our goal and job at hand, and it is a big one but we are excited."
The airport currently has 115 employees, and Allen said he hopes to add another 100 jobs in two years.
"I think that is a realistic goal," he said.
Other 2015 chamber winners are Lake Health for Business of the Year and Harry Allen Jr., owner of Great Lakes Power, for Business Leader of the Year.Allen was chosen in recognition of his instrumental development of important community programs such as Leadership Lake County and the Lake County Port Authority, and founded the Spirit of America program, DiFranco said.
In 1994 Great Lakes Power's President Harry Allen made the decision to build a state of the art diesel powered endurance racer that would be the ultimate signature for the quality and reliability of the marine products Great Lakes sells and services worldwide.
Dave Bell, Great Lakes Executive Vice President was in the drivers seat with Harry at the throttles, Rich Quandt crew chief and navigator, and Eric Lavine as the onboard technician.
On Monday morning, June 15, 1998 the crew of Harry Allen, throttle man, Steve Kildahl, driver, Kevin Brown, navigator and Rich Quandt, crew chief left the Marriot Miami Marina and headed out Government Cut (MacArthur Causeway) to set three new American Power Boat Association world records.
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