John Dailey implies sole credit for success in job creation projects

John Dailey is misleading voters when he implied in a campaign mail piece from August that he created “over 3,000 logistics jobs” at the Amazon shipping facility, “950 manufacturing jobs” at Danfoss, and “640 high-tech jobs” at North Florida Innovation Labs.


What he is not telling you is that Kristin Dozier also voted for these same three projects. In fact, Kristin Dozier led the effort to make the North Florida Innovations Labs (NFIL) a reality. As the current Chair of the NFIL Oversight Committee, Kristin has been working on the project for eight years. Kristin knows that a project like this doesn’t happen overnight; it takes vision, hard work, and collaboration.



Kristin Dozier supported and voted in favor of ALL of the projects Mayor Dailey is claiming credit for.


Here are the facts.


FACT: The 12-member Blueprint board made up of city and county commissioners voted to approve the Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) allocation of $2.5 million to support The Amazon shipping facility. This motion passed on an 11-1 vote, with Commissioner Jack Porter casting the lone dissenting vote. [1] At the meeting, Kristin spoke in favor of the project, stating that the relatively small investment in the Amazon shipping facility would achieve a tremendous return on investment for the community. When this project came before the county commission, Kristin received unanimous support to do a traffic impact assessment six months after opening and have the county administrator work with the city manager to ensure the city provided bus service to the Amazon facility.


FACT: The 12-member Blueprint board made up of city and county commissioners voted to approve the OEV allocation of $2.3 million to support Danfoss Turbocor expansion that will create new manufacturing jobs at Danfoss on an 11-1 vote, with County Commissioner Bill Proctor being casting the lone dissenting vote. [2]. As a member of the Innovation Park Board, Kristin has frequently worked with Danfoss to increase high-paying manufacturing jobs for those with and without college degrees.


FACT: The 12-member Blueprint board voted to approve the OEV allocation of $2.5 million to support the North Florida Innovation Labs, a high-tech incubator at Innovation Park. Commissioner Kristin Dozier noted the need to keep skilled talent in this area, saying the NFIL will help start-up businesses take root in Tallahassee instead of moving to other cities [3]. This project is only possible because of the strong collaboration and financial commitment of FSU, Innovation Park, the Department of Commerce, and OEV.


Each of these opportunities can and should be attributed to a majority of City and County Commissioners, County, City and OEV staff members, and our community partners.




References

  1. https://go.boarddocs.com/fla/talgov/Board.nsf/files/C4QKV9537392/$file/Item%20%231%20IA%20Minutes-Att.%201%2005-27-2021.pdf

  2. https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2020/01/30/blueprint-considering-2-3-m-project-juggernaut/2854140001/

  3. https://www.wctv.tv/2021/02/19/blueprint-ia-board-votes-on-funding-for-north-florida-innovation-labs-design-of-skateable-art-and-timeline-of-northeast-park/

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