Fair/Expo Center CEO Buck Dozier’s comment at the Old Hickory Chamber forum on the fairgrounds today left me flabbergasted. “The mayor and I have never had a full conversation on the fairgrounds?” he revealed to the group.
Huh? Okay, I waded through the e-mails and it was pretty clear that Mr. Dozier and his staff were blindsided by the Hickory Hollow proposal, which originated in the mayor’s office and had little input from Expo Center staff, but I would have thought that at some point in time the mayor would have sat down with the person who has the best perspective on the future prospects for the fairgrounds. Even if he knew that Mr Dozier would disagree with his assessment, it would make sense to take time to gather information to bolster the arguments against the retention of the property. But according to Mr. Dozier, “The mayor and I have never had a full conversation about the fairgrounds.”
Saturday, February 12, 2011
It staggers me to hear that Karl Dean, who seemed so passionate about closing and selling off the Fairgrounds, had sought so little feedback before deciding. Via Rev. Jay Voorhees: