850 — The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida - December-January 2017

Room at the Inn

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

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.

Looking Ahead

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.

Coming Home and Giving Back

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.

New Communities

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.

Z is for Zeal

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.