In July of 1964, the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce received accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, becoming one of the first in the nation to do so.
In 1963, shortly after taking up his post as President of Embry-Riddle, Jack Hunt was informed that the base of the school’s flight operations, the Tamiami Airport in South Florida, would soon close. Hunt elected to temporarily relocate operations to Daytona Beach, a location with WWII-era barracks and classrooms that provided space for both the institute’s flight operations and campus. In April 1965, Operation Bootstrap commenced, and everything the institute owned was trucked or flown to Daytona Beach. Within weeks of the move, due to the hospitality of Daytona Beach civic and community leaders, including the Chamber, Hunt and the institute’s board decided to make the move permanent.
“Chamber Celebrates Accreditation, 1964” Article courtesy of the Daytona Beach News-Journal
“Operation Bootstrap, 1965” Photo courtesy of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Archives
“The Convoy Arriving in Daytona Beach, 1965” Photo courtesy of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Archives