County official doesn't regret $105K jobs-creation incentive for Gannett - even after layoffs

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Lee County (Fla.) officials last October approved financial incentives for Gannett for creating 35 jobs. On Tuesday, Gannett's Fort Myers News-Press -- located in Lee County -- laid off 14 employees. Does the county now regret giving the money to the newspaper chain? a Fort Myers TV reporter asked Lee County's Economic Development chief. "No, we don't regret it at all. It's a different division of Gannett."

NBC2: If Gannett continues to lay off people, does it get to a certain point when you say, we need some of our money back; we gave you money to create jobs not lose them?

[County official]: The contract was for a different division of Gannett, not the newspaper, not the Fort Myers News-Press. That would not be the case. Gannett is in compliance with the contract.

> Earlier: Why are Lee County taxpayers giving $105,00 to Gannett?

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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