NAPLES — 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.
BLOGS/COLUMNS - JACKSON LAB
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