Just weeks after the grand opening of the Tallahassee Amazon fulfillment center, City Commissioner Jack Porter – who was the only no vote on the project – stated in a social media post that she would vote no again.
Porter’s statement was posted as a comment on a social media post that was critical of her original no vote on the project. Porter’s comment stated, “And I’d do it again.”
Porter recently commented that her concerns about Amazon’s negative impacts to local small businesses, issues with wages and labor practices, and flaws with the local economic development remain.
The $200 million facility, which is located off Mahan Drive and I-10, is slated to have a total economic impact of more than $451 million. Amazon reported that the company used 16 local firms to complete the project, totaling more than $27 million in awarded contracts.
At the time of the recent grand opening – which Porter did not attend – more than 1,000 employees had been hired to be part of the initial workforce wave. More will be hired for the holiday season making Amazon the single largest private sector job creator in Tallahassee’s history.
Several people responded to Porter’s “And I’d do it again” comment.
One commenter wrote, “Hi! Just curious why you voted against this and still feel the same way?”
Another posted, in part, “People want to work and it’s creating a lot of jobs who would not want to create jobs for people you got a job….”
And Whitfield Leland, a former candidate for local office, addressing Porter’s no vote on the project, wrote “now that you see the residents of the city benefits from it and you say you would proudly do it again! Explain that!”
On May 27th, 2021, the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency (IA) met to consider the Amazon project and voted 11-1 to move forward with offering a $2.6 million incentive package.
“Amazon’s project is a once-in-a-generation economic development opportunity for the entire community,” said Leon County Commission Chairman Rick Minor. “Amazon’s investment in Florida’s Capital County will be transformative.”