Organized effort: Jackson Lab boosters show support on T-shirts at meeting

A packed Collier County Commission chambers after the 9 a.m. meeting begins July 27, 2010.

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A packed Collier County Commission chambers after the 9 a.m. meeting begins July 27, 2010.

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— Supporters of Jackson Labs literally wore their endorsement of the Maine-based company today.

Tammie Nemecek, director of the Collier County Economic Development Council, said at least 200 supporters of Jackson Lab were at the County Commission meeting today, many dressed in blue and yellow T-shirts purchased in part through the development council.

Jackson Lab's volunteer group ordered the T-shirts, and Nemecek said Collier's EDC pitched in some money to help pay for the shirts. Nemecek did not have a total for how much the EDC contributed. She said the group bought a couple hundred shirts for today's event.

Nemecek said the Economic Development Council had more than 500 people contact them to see how they can help bring Jackson to Collier County. That prompted the group to keep interested community members informed through mailings.

“It's a community opportunity, and it's important for people to know (about it),” she said. “We have done this before with other (projects).”

Nemecek said the Economic Development Council told people that Jackson Lab would be on the schedule for 10 a.m., and people should get to the meeting by 9 a.m. if they wanted a seat in commission chambers.

Supporters heeded her advice, with “a good number showing up” at 8 a.m.

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