December-January 2017

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Philanthropy

Philanthropy

Fundraising for charitable organizations once consisted of an annual signature event and an end-of-the-year appeal by mail. But these days, fundraising is a year-round endeavor.
Penny Sales Tax

Penny Sales Tax

Three times since 1989, Leon County voters have approved adding a penny to the local sales tax. In the third vote in 2014, voters agreed to extend the tax from 2020 to 2040.
Employment Today and Tomorrow

Employment Today and Tomorrow

Leon County and Florida have “a lot of people who are not necessarily unemployed but underemployed and who want more work or more highly skilled jobs,” said Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Florida.

International designations position airport to support economic growth

A Center of Innovation

A Center of Innovation

Florida State University researchers have been awarded 506 patents that have contributed to manufacturing, business processes, creative endeavors and other positive effects on economic health.
Vitality, Growth, Inclusion

Vitality, Growth, Inclusion

Al Latimer, who heads up the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality, is cataloging the reasons that business leaders choose the area as their home.
Toward Employment for All

Toward Employment for All

There is a big gap between abilities and job placements in the professional world; it stems from attitudinal problems, programmatic inconsistencies and a lack of opportunities for people with disabilities to show their abilities to employers.
Scan Artist

Scan Artist

Today more than ever, standing still is not an option
Remote Possibilities

Remote Possibilities

The Wakulla Environmental Institute’s “Introduction to Unmanned Systems” class, conducted on its campus in Crawfordville, prepares students to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s newly implemented Part 107 exam and obtain a certificate required to fly drones commercially.
Nautical Beach Retreat

Nautical Beach Retreat

Gated community by Deer Lake State Park
Accommodations

Accommodations

Visitors to Tallahassee will soon have more options to rest for the night, or longer. Seven hotel projects are either under construction or proposed for Tallahassee, prospectively adding nearly 1,000 new rooms.
Gearing Up

Gearing Up

At Gulf Coast State College, the Advanced Technology Center is helping to close the “skills gap” by readying students for highly skilled jobs like those being created by GKN Aerospace at its new plant at the Venture Crossings industrial park near Bay County’s airport.
Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Construction of two new, freestanding emergency facilities is part of Capital Regional Medical Center’s effort to extend patients quality care in convenient locations, with little to no wait time.
Mustian Center

Mustian Center

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare is looking at the big picture, one that stretches 50 years into the future, with the building of its new surgery center.
Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson

Two-time Masters golf champion Bubba Watson strayed for a while, to Arizona and Orlando. But now that he has returned to his hometown of Pensacola, Watson, one of golf’s biggest hitters, is leading a drive to bring about a new children’s hospital.
Real Estate

Real Estate

Dramatic new real estate developments are changing the streetscapes around Tallahassee and are changing how Tallahasseans live, work, play and shop. The result is new lifestyles.
Sites Available

Sites Available

More than 500 acres of development opportunity around the Tallahassee International Airport
The Zimmerman Agency

The Zimmerman Agency

Together, they started their careers at an agency in Atlanta, she on the public relations side of the house, he on the advertising side. But Carrie and Curtis Zimmerman found that the demands of work and metropolitan living left them with little time to spend with their two small children. So it was that, after considering a few alternatives, they moved to Carrie’s hometown of Tallahassee, not intending to start a business, but to enjoy parenthood and be close to family. Almost immediately, however, businesses with whom the Zimmermans had worked in Atlanta sought them out and an agency was born. Today, that agency employs 164 people and has an international clientele and annual billings of $160 million.
Sound Bytes

Sound Bytes

December 2017/January 2018
Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Via constitutional amendment, Florida legalized medical marijuana in 2016. Reconciling the right of access thus created with a federal prohibition on marijuana possession hasn’t been easy.
Keeping Pace

Keeping Pace

We’re redoubling our efforts to deliver business news
Leadership Florida

Leadership Florida

Wendy Spencer, after serving a tour of duty in Washington, D.C., as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, is back in Tallahassee as the head of Leadership Florida.
Lesson Learned

Lesson Learned

A trip to Nashville, said one participant, exposed local leaders to programs “so inspired, supported and effective that they challenge us to think bigger and act faster back at home.”
Tourism

Tourism

In Tallahassee, sports tourism is not confined to a flat, rectangular field. It also includes rolling hills where athletes run without pads.
A New Place in the Sun

A New Place in the Sun

In February 2016, the Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) was formed as part of a newly created Tallahassee/Leon County department for Planning, Land Management and Community Enhancement — acronym PLACE.
Future of Southwest Tallahassee

Future of Southwest Tallahassee

Big changes are taking shape as the “Airport Gateway” project morphs and expands to benefit what is being called the “Gateway District” encompassing an area from the main campus of FSU to Capital Circle.
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