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— The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce is urging Collier County commissioners to support funding for the Jackson Laboratory.

The chamber’s letter states that the nonprofit company will directly and positively impact the regional economy and raise the level of biotechnical science, study and education statewide.

“Indeed, from a most parochial view, your support will likely dramatically change the face of Eastern Collier County forever and greatly enhance our tax base, business climate and the quality of life for all our citizens,” the letter, signed by Michael Reagen, president and CEO of the chamber, states.

The Chamber weighed the pros and cons of bringing Jackson Lab to the community and “overwhelmingly determined to endorse the use of state and county tax funds to invest in this extraordinary opportunity to diversify our economy,” Reagen said in a release.

The county is being asked to come up with $130 million to bring the lab to Collier. The money would be matched by the state.

“Our Chamber believes that the investment will generate returns far exceeding the risks, all to the benefit of Collier County taxpayers,” Reagen said.

Wolf pack circling, fighting for taxpayer’s bones Political Point of View by Collier Democrats

Will elections be a referendum on Jackson Lab? The Residents' Corner by Dave Trecker

Where does the Naples Tea Party stand on Jackson Labs? Naples Tea Party

The Jackson Labs question made simple - sort of Brent Batten

Lead, follow or get out of the way Fred Coyle / Collier County Commissioner, District 4

A big gamble on a lots of uncertainty Dave Trecker / Pelican Bay

Questions, answers on the proposed Jackson Laboratory/Florida Tammie Nemecek / President, Economic Development Council of Collier County

The Scientific Reality of Jackson Lab The Residents' Corner by Dave Trecker

Thoughts on Jackson Lab Political Point of View by Collier Democrats

Jackson labs business plan a work in progress Brent Batten

Uncertain predictions, questions cloud Jackson Lab proposal Reinhold Schmieding / Naples / President and founder, Arthrex Inc.

Jackson Laboratory: Keep Expectations in check The Residents' Corner by Dave Trecker

In hard times, Collier should help residents, not Jackson Lab Peter Gaddy / President, Golden Gates Estates Area Civic Association

Principals and practicalities of Jackson Lab subsidy don’t add up Guest commentary by Pelican Bay resident Jack Chandler

Jackson Laboratory and Collier County ... what comes next? Fred Coyle / Chairman, Collier County Commission

Jackson Lab a meeting of mice and men Brent Batten

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night07 writes:

Living in SWFL for about 7 years now and experiencing the ultimate high with soaring property values, an abundance of jobs and low taxes and now the crash of the economy lost job(including my own) and increase in taxes I have seen it all.
Jackson Labs sounds good to some businesses and to some politians but not to the everyday people or the seasonal people of Collier County. To Spend or to ask everyone in Collier County to pay $150,000,000 for one business to create 1200 jobs over 6 years is mind boggling. Collier County could spend this money on Local people or County resources to help people keep there jobs and family "Local Families" can stay here.
Also here is another fact why we should not go forward. Jackson Labs had the similar opportunities in California and offered the state 1000 jobs over 6 years. But they never held up there side of the bargin. They only created 200-300 jobs! But now since the County is so deparate for jobs they need to invest a huge some of money? This doesn't make sense.
Lastly "Everyone" in the county of Collier should stand-up and say something because remember these people "The Commissioners" are also the ones who helped put the county in this mess during the Real Estate Boom and Bust. By not adaquitly regulating growth and spending vast sums of money on nothing. Collier County had a huge surplus, where is it!

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