The Jury Talks Back

7/12/2019

Update: Arizona Gov. Ducey Changes Course, Welcomes Nike

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 8:52 am

[guest post by Dana]

Apparently, Gov. Ducey of Arizona decided that losing 500 new jobs wasn’t a hill worth dying on after all. Last week, Gov. Ducey announced that “Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike” after Nike caved to Colin Kapernick and his complaints that Nike’s July 4th Betsy Ross flag kicks were associated with racism and slavery. The governor’s statement then :

…Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism. It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it. Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours. I’ve ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here…

What a difference a week and a half makes:

Nike announced today it is making a significant manufacturing investment in its U.S. innovation footprint by opening a new Nike Air Manufacturing Innovation (Air MI) facility in Goodyear, Arizona. This expansion is expected to generate more than 500 full-time jobs and result in an investment of at least $184 million.

Following Nike’s announcement, Gov. Ducey tweeted:

“This is good news for Arizona and for @GoodyearAZGov. 500 plus jobs. Over $184 million in capital investment. Arizona is open for business, and we welcome @Nike to our state,” he tweeted.

According to a report from ABC15 Arizona: “The Arizona Commerce Authority [said] that those financial incentives that were withdrawn will not be reinstated for Nike.”

Nike’s latest design? Gov. Ducey flip-flops.

–Dana

2 Comments »

  1. Dana, I think that naming a line of flip-flops for Gov. Deucy is a splendid idea. He very much deserves it, after this.

    The only silver lining is that, apparently, Nike is getting no financial incentives, now.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 7/12/2019 @ 7:52 pm

  2. Did I miss something in this story, I thought the Gov initially said he didn’t want Nike to have the incentives, not that he wanted Nike to forget moving to his state.

    Comment by Sean — 7/13/2019 @ 4:12 am

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