Economic Vitality

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Workforce Development

CareerSource Capital Region serves Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties and provides comprehensive workforce services by connecting employers with talent and Floridians with employment opportunities. Employer incentives include recruitment assistance, skills assessments for applicants, customized training and information on tax incentives. Employers and job seekers are matched through the Employ Florida Marketplace system and all services are provided at no cost.

Talent Pipeline

Florida’s Capital City boasts a highly qualified workforce that takes full advantage of recent university graduates and skilled workers completing in-demand training programs. Collaboration between private business, education, and local government, including tools provided by CareerSource Florida, ensures our workers are ready for any challenge.


Tallahassee | Leon County feeds off the energy generated by the more than 70,000 students who live here while attending classes. 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. Additionally, more and more graduates are choosing to stay in Tallahassee and start their careers here, enhancing an already strong workforce.

Florida A&M University (FAMU) was listed by U.S. News & World Report as the top public historically black college or university in the nation for 2015. It is also listed among The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” colleges and is one of the top picks for providing a high quality education at an affordable price in Florida, according to The College Database (2013). Students seeking a challenging academic foundation will find a variety of programs to meet their career objectives at FAMU. The University offers 54 bachelor’s degrees, 29 master’s degrees, three professional degrees, and 12 doctoral programs in a wide range of academic areas.

Florida State University (FSU) was designated as a preeminent research university in the state by the Florida Legislature as a result of having met a set of rigorous benchmarks. (Fun fact: FSU faculty earn over $500,000 in external research grants every single day of the year!) FSU’s 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

Tallahassee Community College (TCC) is recognized, annually, in Community College Week’s Top 100 colleges for the number of associate degrees awarded. In 2013, TCC ranked first among two-year institutions nationwide in the total number of associate of arts degrees awarded. It offers more than 90 academic and career programs and more than 600 different courses. Thousands of students study at TCC to prepare for a transfer to a university or learn the skills they need to move directly into the workforce in diverse fields, like health care, law enforcement, and video game design.


Lively Technical Institute serves thousands of students annually and provides them with the career knowledge, on-the-job skills, positive work attitudes, and employability skills that lead to a successful career.


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 (Pre K-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 home to several private schools for K-12 education. Check out our story map for more information on these schools.

Looking for childcare? The story map also displays some of the larger childcare facilities in our community. For a full list of all childcare providers, including home daycare options, please click here.

Applications for Leon CARES Assistance Open On Monday, August 17 at 8 a.m.
If you have been impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive direct assistance through Leon County’s Leon CARES program starting Monday, August 17. Leon CARES provides federal funds to meet critical community needs related to COVID-19.
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