The Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality staff has a highly-qualified and dedicated team committed to supporting the business community. We are actively engaged in fostering a business-friendly environment and are here to help with all of your business needs. Meet the Office of Economic Vitality staff.
Our community is fortunate to have a stable local economy supported by strong local businesses, excellent schools, progressive local governments and a wealth of talent due to the presence of our institutions of higher education. Recognizing the need to invest in and cultivate this evolving landscape, the County and City Commissions approved becoming only the second community in the state of Florida to include economic development as part of their sales tax initiative. On November 4, 2014, 65% of the voters approved a 20-year extension of the sales tax, which included 12% (estimated at $90.7 million) set aside to support economic development projects, programs, and initiatives.
Understanding the enormity of the opportunity for transformational change created by the sales tax, and in order to support, sustain and propel our collective economic development efforts, a new model, the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality, was created within the consolidated Department of Planning, Land Management, and Community Enhancement (PLACE) and under the governance of the Intergovernmental Agency (IA) on February 29, 2016. The IA Board of Directors is comprised of the Tallahassee City Commission and Leon County Board of County Commissioners. For more information on the IA Board and agendas for upcoming meetings, visit the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency website. The Intergovernmental Management Committee was established to administer OEV, recommend policy to the Agency, and carry out its long-range direction. The Committee includes the Leon County Administrator and the City of Tallahassee Manager.
The Office of Economic Vitality is an economic development model that ensures accountability, transparency, citizen engagement and professional management of economic development projects. The Office of Economic Vitality aims to develop programs and initiatives while simultaneously leveraging ideas, innovations and intellectual capital through the continuous coordination of the community’s economic development partners.
This office works diligently to create a one-stop-shop for the community’s economic development needs. As directed by the IA, these efforts include the development of a first-ever strategic plan to guide our community’s economic development efforts and objectively evaluate our progress over time toward goal achievement. The Office of Economic Vitality is able to fully leverage considerable technical and professional resources which previously resided within the County and City Economic Development and Minority and Women Small Business Enterprise Offices, the Planning Department, GIS, and Blueprint. Furthermore, the Office of Economic Vitality provides an enhanced level of service for cross departmental coordination for collection and utilization of data, implementation of projects and initiatives throughout the planning, land management and economic development spectrum, which is conducted in an open, inclusive and transparent manner.
- Be customer-driven;
- Align operations with a strong strategic;
- Measure results and make adjustments accordingly;
- Serve as a creative risk-taker;
- Build strong alliances and networks across sectors;
- Earn trust and respect from the community and stakeholders;
- Be highly efficient with funding and resources; and
- Invest in its people with professional development opportunities.
The economic development ecosystem model being implemented by the Office of Economic Vitality ensures accountability, transparency, citizen engagement and professional management of economic development projects, programs, and initiatives while simultaneously leveraging ideas, innovations, and intellectual capital through the continuous coordination of the community’s economic development partners as shown below.
For our community to truly move the needle, it will take all of us and the Office of Economic Vitality will serve as our community’s keystone economic development organization in our ecosystem. What does this mean for you? It means that the Office of Economic Vitality team will engage our community partners to ensure that a sustainable, transparent and collaborative economic development process are in PLACE.
The Office of Economic Vitality serves as the central hub in actively creating opportunities to coordinate and connect both private and public sector ecosystem members across the economic development spectrum.
Our committees work to support a positive economic impact within existing businesses and industries in the Capital Region while striving to attract new businesses with the goal of job creation and improving the quality of life for all of its citizens.
Our initiatives, like the Magnetic Task Force, help advance the community as a hub for economic competitiveness by contributing their time, expertise, and guidance. Effectively, the members of these initiatives are champions who help tell the story of Tallahassee’s economic vitality in their respective business worlds.
To increase transparency and accountability, the Office of Economic Vitality provides access to its reports and publications by or related to the office. Learn more about the economics, infrastructure, business climate and targeted industries in Florida’s Capital Region s by browsing our reports and publications.
Minority, Women and Small Business Enterprise Disparity Study
The City of Tallahassee, Leon County Government, and Blueprint conducted a disparity study review to identify disparity in contracting. The Disparity Study serve as the evidentiary basis for continued race/gender-based programs with the overall objective to determine if a “compelling interest” to maintain programs to provide procurement opportunities to minority and woman-owned businesses exists.
Tallahassee-Leon County Economic Development Strategic Plan
The Strategic Plan provides a holistic five-year plan that includes not only business recruitment and expansion tactics but strategies to facilitate business formation, technology transfer and commercialization as well as the creative economy – making the community more competitive for job creation and capital investment.
Target Industry Study
The Target Industry Study identifies four industry sectors that contribute to private sector job growth, wealth creation, and a diversification of the economy. These industries have a strong potential for growth and interconnect with each other, which maximizes resources and enhances opportunities for innovation and sustainable economic vitality.
Office of Economic Vitality and Blueprint Performance Repot
The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Annual Report is a comprehensive operational report on the activities of Blueprint and the Office of Economic Vitality throughout the preceding year.