Why veterans make great warehousing and logistics employees February 25, 2013 (Op-Ed)

Hire our heroes … the right way February 26, 2013

Employers seeking to hire for warehousing and logistics jobs may be surprised at how many military veterans are knowledgeable about those activities. Overseas-deployed personnel, for instance, have extensive experience managing the accountability of equipment and assets across several locations, says Jason Dozier, veteran transition specialist at the nonprofit Hire Heroes USA and a former U.S. Army officer who served in Iraq.

“Even veterans who may not have an extensive background in logistics have broad experience with freight management and distribution while overseas,” Dozier notes. For example, a typical experience for an infantryman in Iraq would include the inventorying, containerization, and loading of assets at a forward operating base, and then securing and escorting those assets to a distribution hub, he says. Other personnel would manage and supervise the distribution operations of unimproved airstrips, field logistics terminals, shipping docks, warehouses, and other facilities.

Hiring Our Heroes job fair part of week-long, national hiring push March 23, 2013

While many veteran candidates may try to pitch themselves as the ultimate team players, some are prone to selling themselves short due to that group-first mindset, says Jason Dozier, veteran transition specialist with Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit dedicated to creating job opportunities to veterans and their spouses through personalized employment training.

“Military members are very team-oriented, and the word ‘individual’ can be a euphemism for those who fail to be a productive member of that team,” Dozier said. “And so tasks and accomplishments are more likely to be framed as ‘we’ rather than as ‘I.’ Humility is a great virtue, but it can be damning if you’re looking to be competitive in the job market.”

Turner Field holds future for Georgia State, neighborhoods December 26, 2015

Jason Dozier, who earned a Georgia State graduate degree in real estate and moved to a home on Garibaldi Street west of Turner Field, said he’s hopeful the plans can help bring new life to the area. Dozier said he’s followed the Georgia State plans for some time and said the new owners will need to build trust with their neighbors.

Dozier, the Mechanicsville resident, said he understands the need to move quickly to revitalize Turner Field. But he also worries about speculators nearby.

“My fear is that folks will just buy up a bunch of property and that will prevent new homeowners from coming in,” he said.

Affordable Housing Key to a Successful Atlanta Region October 19, 2015 (Op-Ed)

Turner Field neighborhoods agree on redevelopment priorities February 18, 2016

“As the sale contract is set to be signed between the Atlanta Fulton County Recreational Authority (AFCRA) and the developer, we’re hopeful that AFCRA will include a binding requirement that the developer must negotiate a Community Benefits Agreement with the coalition” said Mechanicsville resident Jason Dozier, adding, “They have the power to set us off on the path to building a community that works for all of us.”

WFRG Labor Forum: Interview with Jason Dozier, member of the Turner Field Benefits Coalition February 18, 2016 (video)

Turner field group calls for community benefits plan February 18, 2016

At a press briefing Thursday outside the ballpark, members of the benefits coalition said the rebirth of Turner Field is an opportunity to correct top-down development plans that left only broken promises and empty parking lots outside The Ted. But the group wants pledges from the university and its partners in writing.

“Now we have the opportunity to get it right,” said Jason Dozier, a Georgia State graduate and Mechanicsville resident.

Neighbors in Turner Field’s shadow want a say in area development February 18, 2016

Coalition member Jason Dozier said the following in a release:

“As the sale contract is set to be signed between the Atlanta Fulton County Recreational Authority(AFCRA) and the developer, we’re hopeful that AFCRA will include a binding requirement that the developer must negotiate a Community Benefits Agreement with the coalition.”

Dozier, a Mechanicsville resident, added that “they have the power to set us off on the path to building a community that works for all of us.”

Residents to AFCRA, developers: Turner Field project must benefit surrounding communities February 19, 2016

“I’m here because I’ve seen the effects of decades of development projects that have sold high expectations, extensive economic development, and reinvestment,” said Mechanicsville resident and Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition member Jason Dozier yesterday at the group’s press conference. “[Y]et they delivered no more than false promises, the results of which have negatively impacted our community for decades.”

Also crucial to the success of the development’s integration into the community is creating jobs for residents, Dozier said. They also want to see better infrastructure, walkable mixed-use development, much-needed greenspace, community safety, educational programs and opportunities for all ages, neighborhood amenities, energy and water efficiency, and the creation of an oversight committee the will set short and long-term goals for the redevelopment.

“We’re one voice declaring that we’re a community, not a commodity,” Dozier said. “I’m hopeful that when a sale contract is signed between the AFCRA and the developer, that those parties recognize that voice.”

Community benefits need to be part of Turner Field deal March 27, 2016 (Op-Ed)

Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition presents petition April 18, 2016

Jason Dozier, a Georgia State graduate and Mechanicsville resident, holds a petition with 2,000 signatures asking for a community benefits agreement with Georgia State University and Carter.

Jason Dozier, a Georgia State graduate and Mechanicsville resident, said the petitions show that the neighborhoods are speaking with one voice.

Community Finalizes Benefit Agreement Request, as Turner Field Redevelopment Moves Forward, Unphased May 1, 2016

“We just want input, and we want any ordinance regarding zoning to include a mandate to the developers to come to an agreement around a community benefits agreement,” Jason Dozier, a designated spokesperson for the Coalition, told Atlanta Progressive News.


“The [ordinance] calls for Turner Field to be rezoned for mixed-use development and for greater density, hotels, and dormitories too,” Dozier said regarding some of the latest Council legislation to move forward in support of the redevelopment..

“Our hope is that any ordinance or resolution voted on, in regards to zoning and planning, is passed with NPUs at the table,” Dozier said.

“You can’t build policies off of promises, all parties need to be at the table when these decisions are being made,” Dozier said.

“What is the value of the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) system, put in place by former Mayor Maynard Jackson, if it is simply going to be by-passed?” Dozier asked.

Plan Reimagines Turner Field Area After Stadium Sale July 26, 2016

That’s exciting to Jason Dozier, who’s part of the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition.

He said one of his priorities is making sure his neighborhood, Mechanicsville, and the nearby neighborhoods are friendlier to pedestrians and more accessible to transit.

“Our biggest concern though,” Dozier said, “and something that we caution is that nothing we see here is guaranteed.”

That means if Turner Field is sold to Georgia State, the university and its developers are encouraged, but not exactly required, to follow the city’s recommendations.

Dozier’s group is still working to get a binding “Community Benefits Agreement” included as part of the purchase of the stadium. That would give residents a greater say in Turner Field’s redevelopment.

A look into the future – what’s next for Turner Field neighborhoods July 26, 2016 (includes video)

“The success of this really will depend upon the community’s continued support and involvement in the design and the development,” Keane argued. However, there are concerns. Mechanicsville resident Jason Dozier is worried rent will skyrocket with new development.

“Atlanta is increasingly more and more unaffordable,” Dozier contended. “There historically had always been frustration with the way development had been done in the community,” Dozier explained. Homes and businesses in south of downtown Atlanta in the 1950s, were replaced with an interstate and two stadiums.

“There were businesses, there were everything from movie theaters to libraries to ice cream parlors and then when the highways were built it destroyed a lot of that because of eminent domain,”

Now Dozier has come together with his neighbors to form a community coalition.

“Our concern in this, is these renderings, this LCI study, and this process, these are only recommendations,” Dozier stated.

The community coalition wants a legally binding agreement with developers, a promise they will have a seat at the design table as the project progresses.

“My thought is that this gives us a good blueprint of what should happen… there’s enthusiasm that with this new development that there is an opportunity to finally get it right,” Dozier told CBS 46.

Turner Field deal with Georgia State signals ‘new beginning’ August 18, 2016

The Georgia State plan hasn’t been without controversy, with some neighbors expressing angst about potential effects on nearby neighborhoods and concern that community voices would not be heard during planning.

Jason Dozier, a representative of the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition, said he hopes a formal deal will bring the buyers to the table on a community benefits agreement mandating certain project design elements, jobs programs and steps to prevent displacement.

“We stand ready work with Georgia State,” he said.

Diamond doubleheader: Atlanta Braves’ pitch for new stadium offers lessons for Rangers October 20, 2016

“If you look at the renderings, they’re gorgeous and are a lot of what residents want to see, but Georgia State hasn’t been as forthcoming as we would like,” said Jason Dozier of Mechanicsville, an Army veteran with a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia and a master of science in real estate from Georgia State. “We are telling them, ‘We want you to come in. We want you to be good neighbors. But we want you to assure us that your campus isn’t closed off to the community.'”

2016 Forty under Forty November 4, 2016

Building a Voice for Green Infrastructure November 22, 2016

 “[Participants] learned much through this process, sharing their knowledge and reflections multiple times with the group. Writing and speaking are two of the most important tools that you have to advocate for Green Infrastructure.”  

—Mr. Jason Dozier, Graduate of the Green Infrastructure Advocacy Training, member of the Steering Committee for the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition, and serves on Board of Directors for the Mechanicsville Civic Association

Georgia State, partners close deal for Turner Field January 5, 2017

Jason Dozier, a Mechanicsville resident and candidate for Atlanta City Council, said he would like to broaden community engagement beyond meetings with select neighborhood leaders. He said that would “assuage fears” about a project that will affect thousands.

“The powers that be need to reach out to the community,” he said.