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The Waukegan Port District Announces the Dedication of Customs & Border Protection Building at Waukegan National Airport

06-18-2021 08:43 AM CET | Logistics & Transport

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The Waukegan Port District Announces the Dedication of Customs &

Waukegan— June 17, 2021 — Today, the Waukegan Port District Announces the Dedication of Customs & Border Protection Building at the Waukegan National Airport. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 18, at 9:00 AM at the new facility located at 3558 N. McAree Road, Waukegan, IL.

“The CBP facility is another successful private-public partnership at the Waukegan National Airport,” said Skip Goss, General Manager. Chairman Grant Farrell of the Waukegan Port District added, “Our discussions with Homeland Security began in 2012. Today the Airport has a modern facility that meets the stringent Homeland Security requirements, thus enabling Waukegan to be an international port of entry for the next 20 years.”

Positive Customer Impact
The CBP facility supports the Lake County businesses and their international business initiatives. Airport users are enterprises with international travel as a critical element to our success. The Customs Building at the Waukegan Airport supports the economic growth of many Lake County Businesses. Headquartered in Lake County, our corporations are able to conduct business, travel safely, securely, and maintain our network of international business which is crucial to their ability to succeed.

Economic Impact on the County and Beyond
“The Airport is a key piece of Lake County’s economic ecosystem, and the activity here helps drive our economic vitality. These investments are catalysts for economic growth that our region needs to stay competitive. Today’s businesses demand speed, flexibility, efficiency, and productivity – and that means close proximity to a capable airport that can support regional, national and global aircraft. Aviation is not for the elite; it’s a competitive business requirement.” – Kevin Considine, Lake County Partners CEO

The Waukegan National Airport produces more than $156.5 million annually in economic impact on six county regions. (Source: 2018 Economic Impact Analysis completed by CMT Engineering Consultants and the Center for Regional Development (CRD) at Bowling Green State University. A copy of the full report is available upon request and on the Waukegan National Airport’s website

For more information, press only:
Skip Goss, General Manager
Waukegan National Airport
(847) 244-0055

For more information on the Waukegan National Airport and its services, visit:

Founded in 1955, the Waukegan Port District (WPD) is a government unit with seven members appointed by the Mayor of Waukegan (4) and the Governor of Illinois (3). The WPD was created by Illinois Statute 66 years ago, and it is responsible for governing the Waukegan National Airport, the Waukegan Commercial Port, and the Waukegan Marina. Since its creation, the District has been financially self-sufficient, funding operating expenses and capital improvements with user fees and federal grants. The District has limited taxing and bonding authority and has never levied a tax upon district residents or businesses.

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