Committee and partner collaboration is paramount to achieving economic vitality in Tallahassee – Leon County. Committee members help advance the community as a hub for economic competitiveness by contributing their time, expertise, and guidance. Effectively, these committee members are champions who help tell the story of Tallahassee-Leon County’s economic vitality in their respective business worlds. The four new committees also amplify the voice of local businesses, stakeholder groups, and citizens, while broadening OEV’s reach across multiple sectors of the community.
Engaging local business and community leaders through committee membership maximizes OEV’s effectiveness by leveraging the members’ collective expertise. Citizen oversight and direction also ensures transparency, accountability, and the cross-cutting of organizational boundaries to produce the most comprehensive, holistic insight, while eliminating potential conflicts in the implementation of the strategic plan.
Economic Vitality Leadership Council
The 14-member Economic Vitality Leadership Council serves a vital, ongoing function of assessing Tallahassee-Leon County’s ability to compete for new business investment, existing industry growth and economic expansion, as well as entrepreneurial and small business growth, through non-traditional activities and the delivery of a competitive workforce. The members, appointed by the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Board of Directors (BPIA), include leaders from Tallahassee-Leon County’s businesses, public entities and non-profit organizations that represent each of the Strategic Plan’s six initiative areas: business formation; technology and commercialization; business retention and expansion; business recruitment; talent development; tourism and the creative economy, as well as marketing.
Members of the Economic Vitality Leadership Council work closely with OEV leadership to continually evaluate, provide technical expertise, and track Tallahassee-Leon County’s progress toward implementation of the strategic plan. They also review and recommend OEV actions and resolutions to bring before the BPIA. For instance, as the Council identifies needs or areas of opportunity for increased competitiveness, it can recommend that a task force, under the leadership of staff, be formed from EVLC membership to address such needs. Members of the Economic Vitality Leadership Council do not consider or approve funding for projects or programs.
- Steve Evans, Chair, At-Large
- Dr. Kim Moore, Vice-Chair, Workforce Development
- Ricardo Schneider, Applied Science
- Brent Edington, Institution of Higher Education
- Jake Kiker, Entrepreneurial Business
- Bill Smith, Financial Sector
- Cissy Proctor, Economic Development
- Katrina Rolle, Non-profit Sector
- Mark O’Bryant, Major Employer
- Mitch Nelson, Manufacturing
- Mindy Perkins, IT/Professional Services
- Dr. Temple Robinson, Healthcare
- Garry Simmons, Small Business
- Keith Bowers, MWSBE CAC Chairperson
* Member’s term ends June 2022.
MWSBE Citizens Advisory Committee
The Minority, Women, and Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) explores strategies for engaging and empowering MWSBEs to meet goals identified in the Economic Development Strategic Plan. This citizen-led committee provides critical input, oversight, and transparency toward OEV’s MWSBE goal attainment, and will form subcommittees and a task force to determine milestones and deliverables associated with the Tallahassee-Leon County Disparity Study.
- Keith Bowers, Chair
- Gloria Pugh, Vice Chair
- Ted Parker
- Gallop Franklin
- Christi Hale Sparkman
- Wayne Mayo
- Brenda Williams
- Kenneth Taite
- Frank Williams
- Matt Thursam,
- Terrence Barber
* Member’s term ends April 2022.
Competitive Projects Cabinet
At the helm of the new advisory structure is the Competitive Projects Cabinet (CPC), a three-member committee responsible for considering competitive economic development projects generated by OEV or brought to the organization via other economic development channels. Some of the key factors in the CPC’s identification of competitive projects include return on investment for the community, fit, and a review of due diligence performed prior to considering recommended financial or non-financial incentives.
Members of this committee include the Tallahassee City Manager, Leon County Administrator, and one business leader – the EVLC chair – who will serve for one year with an option to serve a second term. The limited size and membership of the CPC is designed to facilitate flexibility and speed to decision-making throughout the competitive project process. The CPC reviews competitive economic development projects on an as-needed basis and is required, by law, to sign non-disclosure agreements. Cabinet members cannot submit or vote on projects that would impact them, their business or their organization.
- Reese Goad
- Vincent Long
- Steve Evans