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Business Observer Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2010 8 years ago

Jackson to Collier?

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A sizable taxpayer subsidy may attract Jackson Labs to Collier County.

Statetate legislative leaders have agreed to set aside a $130 million taxpayer subsidy to attract Maine-based Jackson Laboratory to Collier County, state Rep. Tom Grady (R-Naples) has announced.

Jackson Laboratory, a nonprofit biomedical research group, initially plans to hire 400 people in a new facility to be located off Oil Well Road in eastern Collier County. Barron Collier Cos. plans to donate 50 acres to the lab and build a research park around it.

Barron Collier is developing the nearby town of Ave Maria in partnership with Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan. Grady says the lab could eventually hire as many as 7,000 people, giving a boost to the agricultural area.

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