Leadership is front and center on the "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing this morning at 10 on ABC7.
John Cox, from North Carolina’s research and NASCAR hub, is Mike Reagen’s successor as president/CEO of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. Cox sizes up the future for the chamber and regional business efforts. Harold Weeks, president of the Collier County NAACP, discusses whether justice was served in the Trayvon Martin case.
* Video highlights will be posted Monday at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.
Lytle: Can we make advanced research happen here? Or do we not yet have the academic higher education infrastructure to help drive it?
Cox: Well, no one would ever have said six years ago that advanced research would take place in Kannapolis, N.C. It’s an historic mill town. They did the finest woven textiles in the world, but research would have been a foreign language. So if it can happen there, it can happen anywhere.
My guess is with Arthrex, there’s advance research going on there with more tech transfer opportunities. And I’m just pulling that out of the air as one example. I don’t know that as a matter of fact. But if it can happen in Kannapolis, it can happen in Naples.
Lytle: Where do we go from here on this issue (the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin controversy)?
Weeks: Well, actually you’re talking, where does Collier County go?
Lytle: Sure, let’s try it that way.
Weeks: Well, Collier County still has to stride. You know people like yourself, sometimes you’ll ask me, is there racial discrimination in Collier County? And I look at them and I say, well, you’re asking the wrong person. And they look at me and they don’t understand. And I say to them, you have more knowledge of racial discrimination than I do. Because you have conversations that I would never hear.
Lytle: But you’re the leader.
Weeks: So you have to tell me. I’m the leader of my particular organization, not the leader of yours. So you have to tell me what you hear: where you are on the golf courses, in the clubhouses, wherever you hear it. And let me know if there’s racial discrimination.