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Committee looks at changing name of Outagamie County Regional Airport


GREENVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - A special committee of county supervisors has been formed to look at the possibility of changing the name of Outagamie County Regional Airport.

“I think it’s our best interest as custodians of the airport to make sure we're doing everything we can to support it,” Tanya Rabec, a county supervisor and the chair of the special committee, told FOX 11.

The goal is to see if a name change would make more people use the airport. Among the ideas, are using the Appleton or Houdini names.

Area businesses have told board members they would be for a change.

“I think the perception is they don't know the Outagamie County name, they don't know how to spell Outagamie County, so they choose Milwaukee or Green Bay,” said Rabec. “So what we need to do is find out if this is true, and if it is, how much we're losing vs. how much we could capture.”

“There is absolutely no reason to change this what so ever,” Chuck Schmidt, a county supervisor who is not on the committee, told FOX 11.

Schmidt says the idea to change the name is a waste of time.

“They're interested in catchy tunes for their jingles for their advertisements,” said Schmidt. “The whole issue is basically a non issue.”

With it still being early in the process, a lot still needs to figured out, like if a change would be worth the cost.

The special committee hopes to have its research complete and a recommendation in place in the next 4 to 6 months.