Trying to pinpoint what makes Tallahassee special is hard to do. It’s really a compilation of tangibles and intangibles. It is the capital of the fourth most populous state and home to two major universities, but retains a small town, southern charm – complete with canopy roads and azaleas. There is a growing, delectable culinary scene that ranges from food trucks to fine dining and nightlife to add a spark to any day of the week.
Tallahassee/Leon County is also a leading-edge, high-tech community pushing the envelope with world-class research, innovative start-ups, and a sophisticated workforce that is flexible and motivated. There are proven collaborations between education, government, and private business that regularly turn good ideas into profitable ventures. Companies are choosing to be a part of this unique community because there’s a lot more to it than canopy road and azaleas, though they are pretty awesome.
Easily accessible by interstate, air, or rail, Tallahassee/Leon County offers unique advantages for those looking to reach the rest of the state, the Southeast US, or even South America. Just a couple hours from deep sea ports via Interstate 10 and CSX rail, getting products (and people) in and out of Tallahassee/Leon County is fast and convenient.
From the world’s leader in energy-efficient HVAC compressors to a regional powerhouse in Laserfiche technology and award-winning custom-apparel suppliers, Tallahassee/Leon County is home to some economic powerhouses. But local business of all sizes are esteemed here, as they work together to grow their companies – and a stronger community.
This tool allows you to discover a few of the financial incentives that are available in Tallahassee/Leon County. As you click each link, the map will zoom into the selected incentive zone to show the boundaries in detail. Select “reset the map” to show all zones simultaneously.
For full list of incentives available, please check out the resources tab or click here.
Sites and Buildings
This tool will assist you in exploring a specific site or building in our area. OEV staff can connect you to an assortment of ready-to-use warehouses, industrial and office buildings, and more to suit your business relocation or expansion.
Have a specific inquiry? Please contact OEV staff, we are happy to assist you in your decision to search for the right site/building for your growing business.
This community offers a unique blend of land use zones to allow maximum versatility in how our area can be used to suit your business’ needs. In addition, our existing sites and commercial parks, there are other tracts of land that can serve your business in its new location or expansion. For any questions, regarding land uses and our community’s comprehensive plan please contact the Planning Department or OEV staff.
Tallahassee/Leon County is home to a thriving research community, anchored by world-class facilities located at Innovation Park, including the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and High Performance Materials Institute. This research is more than theoretical – products are going to market and high-wage jobs are being created every year.
Nurturing ideas into companies that create jobs and change the world (even if it’s just a little) is a priority for our business community. From business incubators like Domi Station to the EDC’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Program, which guides start-ups and entrepreneurs through the vulnerable early stages of development, a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem is a vital part of our business DNA.
The population of the Tallahassee/Leon County area is 284,000, a more than 20 percent increase since 2000. With a unique blend of high-quality jobs, business opportunities, and exceptional quality of life continues to attract residents of all ages.
Our knowledge economy is strong. Tallahassee/Leon County boasts a highly qualified workforce that takes full advantage of recent university graduates as well as skilled workers completing in-demand training programs. Collaboration between private business, education, and local government, as well as CareerSource Florida, ensures our workers are ready for the next challenge.
Tallahassee/Leon County feeds off the energy and resources generated by the more than 70,000 college students who live here for most of the year. Students from Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College like to shop, eat, and experience all the community has to offer. Through town and gown efforts, more students are also choosing to stay and start their lives in our community, building on an already strong workforce.
Did you know that three local high schools were rated among the nation’s best in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report? Chiles, Leon, and Florida State University High Schools received a ‘silver medal’ rating in the report, a designation set aside for schools that purportedly best prepare students for college. Leon County Schools prepares students to become responsible, respectful, independent learners equipped with the critical thinking skills necessary to compete in our global society. A full educational program is offered to 33,000 students in forty-eight school and program sites. These include preschool, elementary (PreK-5), middle school (6-8), high school (9-12) and special district wide program centers for specific populations of all ages and ability levels.
Tallahassee/Leon County is also home to several private school for K-12 education. Check out the map for more information on these schools.
Looking for childcare? The map here displays some of the larger childcare facilities in our community. For a full list of all childcare providers, including home daycare options, please visit:
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Our community is a welcoming and diverse with a multitude of activities for people of all ages. Our community has deep roots in history and a large array of culture, arts, and outdoor activities. Come and experience Tallahassee/Leon County!
There are miles upon miles of trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding, that wind through beautiful woodlands and wide open fields and even trails for kayaking along beautiful blue lakes in Tallahassee and Leon County. Are you looking for an outdoor adventure in Tallahassee? Are you ready to hike, bike or ride a trail or paddle along one of our pristine lakes? Yes? Then point your browser or smartphone to Trailahassee, a resource for all things outdoors in greater Tallahassee. Trailahassee features in-depth trail descriptions, photos, videos and other information needed to plan your next outdoor adventure. Happy Trails!
Both Leon County and the City of Tallahassee maintain nationally recognized park systems. Acres of wide open spaces, gorgeous lakes, sports facilities, playgrounds and community centers can be found throughout the area. Looking for a team? Organized youth and adult sports leagues run year around – from Aquatics to Zumba, there’s something for everyone! Check them out at Tallahassee Parks & Rec and Leon County Park & Rec.
If you enjoy athletics, Tallahassee and Leon County have you covered. We are home to ACC powerhouse Florida State Seminoles, outstanding MEAC member Florida A&M University Rattlers and the renowned Tallahassee Community College Eagles. Football, baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, swimming & diving, volleyball, tennis, golf, track & field – cheer on your favorite college athletes at one of the many area collegiate contests. Tallahassee-Leon County also plays host to a variety of competitions – the professional men’s tennis USTA Challenger tournament, Red Hills International Horse Trials, prep cross country national championships, and youth sports tournaments of every shape and size. Visit Tallahassee Sports Council to see a full calendar of events and you will be in the bleachers in no time!
For a proper introduction to the vibrant arts and rich culture in Tallahassee, COCA is THE resource. Check them out at COCA and you are only a click away from painting, poetry, photography, sculpture, dance, jazz, jewelry, comedy, drama, movies, ballet…you name it, they have it covered. Check out their calendar for the annual Art in the Parks event, art camps and volunteer opportunities.
Florida State University began presenting performing arts in 1921 with a concert featuring composer and bandleader John Philip Sousa and continues the tradition today by hosting Opening Nights. Over the years Opening Nights has evolved into an annual series of performances from October to April, drawing a curated, lauded selection of artists to Florida State’s campus year after year. For more information, log onto Opening Nights.