Friday, January 18, 2019

Flashback Friday: $40 Mill & a Job

Today's edition of Flashback Friday continues to take a look at who said what when it was time to vote for higher taxes to fund the construction of the Jackson Convention Center.   JJ reported last week that the convention center had an operating loss of  $1.4 million per year* and has already lost nearly $300,000 just a few months into the new fiscal year. Earlier post with financial statements. The Capital City sharecroppers promise it would generate $40 million in revenue and create 700 jobs when they told us to vote for higher taxes.  Check out these past editorials and articles.

 *The loss does not include depreciation expense that averages $2.5 million per year. 


Max Masculinity said...

The Great Duping of Jackson Voters.

Cynical Sam said...

Follow the money. Whose relatives built it?


Anonymous said...

Close the Convention Center.
Close the Telcomm Center.
Close the Zoo.
Close JPS.
Fix the streets.
Hire more cops.
Fix the water system.
Get some real judges.

Jackson is lost.

Anonymous said...

Jeff Good where are you now? You demanded this thing....and not a peep from you? Hello?

Anonymous said...

it's great facility, and could truly be of great value, and I hate that it is a financial burden, but currently, its a diamond in a pile of poop........People want to go to nice places, and enjoy nice things. There is no green space, parking was never considered, and then there is the safety element of the area. It's Jackson's version of the beef plant. I can not help but think if we had good leadership and judges, and a vision to work towards that was based on re-creating beautiful city, we could pull this out......but......then I see a image of our city council, and realize that we probably have the most inept fraud controlling the future of this city....

Anonymous said...

It’s a hard sell for any industry, corporation or organization to announce a convention, trade show, seminar or meeting in Jackson. Traveling whether through the airport or roads is shocking for anyone not from West Virginia or Arkansas. Not knowing if a city will have water is an uncertainty that event planners are not willing to factor into their plans. Attendees safety is anything but assured. These telecommunications, web browser, real estate, trucking and petroleum multimillionaires need to step up with a master plan and not expensive economic band aids; lest Jackson is one disaster away from a Black Hawk Down scenario.

Anonymous said...

Remember that project consultants will give the city whatever projections they want as long as they get paid. They will put in enough small print disclaimers so that the opinion is really worthless except for the propaganda needed to sell the project to the gullible public. The convention center was not tied to adjacent or dependent private development so none of the individuals boosting this project had anything to lose. That should have been the red flag for the voters (politicians have no red flags), but the voters of Jackson and most of Mississippi, are more trusting and saw this as a positive effort. It was positive, but maybe not so smart.

Cynical Sam said...

Wasn't Charlton Heston's film "The Omega Man" based on Jackson?

Brylcream Commando said...

The Black Democrats voted as they were told to vote. The monolithic voting bloc owns this convention center mess and now gets to enjoy their fruits. Jackson is exponentially crumbling and the neophyte the Black Democrats installed as Mayor is totally clueless on how to move forward. Special fund bailouts are now the order of the day in Jackson until the Legislature figures it out and shuts the unauthorized transfers down. Those aren't LeFleur East's whites filling out all those expanding subdivisions in Madison and Rankin counties. That is Jackson's fleeing black middle class. But Robert Graham got Dorsey's street freshly paved!

Anonymous said...

Go sit in a Mexican restaurant in Madison and look around you. That's our cream of the crop and not a single person in there can see their own feet because of the size of their belly. No way somebody is going to hold a convention of any magnitude in Mississippi unless its the coast, and that is hardly Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

9:38, what are you talking about? Good is doing his part. Didn't you see him making a fool of himself on tv peddling gift cards to drum up some extra 1% from ice cream and pizza sales.

Anonymous said...

I still think the convention center could serve some use.

But there are some self-inflicted wounds by the state that the city just can't go around.

One of the biggest is the state flag with the Confederate emblem. There are many organizations that host conventions in Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, and Tennessee. That just will not host events in Mississippi due to the flag.

The Jackson Metro area has the infrastructure to host a NCAA Bowl Game; NCAA mens and womens basketball regional tourney; soccer; baseball; softball; or track.

There are opportunities. We simply refuse to make changes to draw in those revenues.

Anonymous said...

Who was the contractor that got this boondoggle contract? Let me guess, another Yates built project? Amazing how many of these disasters they are a part of it. They push and lobby behind the scenes to get these things moving forward and they rarely pans out as sold to the public. Well, it pans out for Yates, but no one else. Kemper....the Pearl stadium....the outlets....the convention center...I am sure that I am missing several. They are a great contractor and company, but there is a massive wake of wasted public dollars behind them, with their influence over (and money to) public officials being one of the main culprits in these things moving forward.

Anonymous said...

3:36 Pleeeeese move on to something else. I hate the state flag as much, if not more than you do, but it ain't the problem with Jackson hosting big conventions. The coast and Tunica have the same flag and they host conventions all the time. Get a new excuse. And Jackson does not have facilities to host NCAA tournaments. The coliseum is a joke and bowl games and the rest require sponsor money and some semblance of fan support. Maybe Jackson could host some kind of a demolition derby on Jackson streets. We've got those facilities.

Anonymous said...

We need to schedule a medical intervention for 3:36 pm

Kingfish said...

So the opponents "stand to benefit" from convention center.

Did they?

Anonymous said...

10:19 is on to the truth. Despite the support of upper-crust Jackson, and the mental sheep idiots that follow anyone and anything, the required 60% did not materialize until Derek Johnson united the preacher-leaders late in the campaign claiming twas but an elaborate scheme by Madisonites and Rankinites to kill Jackson. A convention center could then be built at the reservoir and shared by Rankin and Madison. 700 jobs needed in the bold new city - good bold paying jobs for Jackson about to be stolen! And all of the enlightened pro-economic development republicans believed the poop too. LMAO - Mic drop!

Mud Bog Races said...

@4:55 PM is onto something .. demolition derby and mud-bog races. Yea, they would create 1,000 jobs and bring in millions in tourist dollars.

Maybe sell some more bonds.

Happy times are here again...

Anonymous said...

Donk drag racing for the win!

Anonymous said...

Jackson would need to be safe with running water at ALL times and streets that are NOT full of potholes for the convention center to be successful. Back to the basics would be a great start to move Jackson forward.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm.... Baseball stadium with guaranteed attendance... Convention Center in shady part of town that no one feels safe in... It's a no brainer for Jackson.

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