Director’s Message: Magnetic Momentum

January 8, 2021

Home to cutting-edge research centers, one of the top engineering colleges in the state, and world-class research universities, Tallahassee-Leon County is in a unique position to cultivate a business environment that thrives on the technology and innovation that is researched and developed at these Centers of Excellence. The Office of Economic Vitality is committed to working […]

MWSBE Certification Tips

January 4, 2021

Shanea Wilks, Senior Coordinator Certifying businesses in Tallahassee-Leon County is vital to equipping Minority, Women, and Small Business Enterprises (MWSBEs) with the resources necessary to compete and excel in today’s marketplace. If you’re interested. The certification process for MWSBE Certification and Recertification is available to complete online at  You must create an account to […]

OEV adds a new Commercial Site Selection Solution Tool

T.J. Lewis, Business Development Manager Many companies are seeking to discover a best-fit location with competitively priced real estate, access to transportation infrastructure, and flexible land-use policies. Some seeking to find a location near a major university to benefit from groundbreaking research, skills training, and a pool of highly-educated talent. You can find all of […]

Magnetic Momentum: Danfoss announces expansion of Tallahassee manufacturing facility

December 23, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., December 23, 2020 – Today, Danfoss Turbocor, the pioneer of the world’s first oil-free magnetic bearing compressor for the HVACR industry, has announced its plan to further invest in and expand the footprint of its Tallahassee manufacturing facility. The new production facility is expected to break ground within Innovation Park in 2021. Danfoss […]

‘Love Your Local’ campaign helping small businesses gain support during the holiday season

December 21, 2020

Brandon Spencer, ABC27 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – In order to garner more support for local businesses, the Leon County Office of Economic Vitality launched their “Love Your Local” campaign for the third straight year with hopes that people will visit the over 250 businesses involved, in time for the holidays. “We need all the help […]

Shop Local This Holiday Season

December 8, 2020

Kianna Brown, Marketing Coordinator The busiest shopping season of the year is upon us, and I’m sure if your inbox looks anything like mine, it’s full of big retailers vying for your dollars. Although it may be tempting to just order online from a big-box store or drive over to its numerous locations around town, […]

Data Central and DataTALKS

Daniel Lucas, Division Coordinator Raw data can be difficult to distill into usable, understandable, and consequential information. And, once released, people can sometimes embellish or distort data past its integrity. OEV understands its audience is an eclectic mix of political and economic participants, some local and others external, who may be seeking different implications from […]

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification

LaTanya Raffington, Senior Coordinator, MWSBE The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification Program is a federal program created for business owners deemed “socially and economically disadvantaged.” The Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program is similar to the DBE program in that the program is designed to level the playing field for small businesses that want […]

Domi Station Creates $100 Million in Local Economic Impact According to Study

December 4, 2020

Tallahassee, FL, December 4th, 2020 – Domi Station, a non-profit businessincubator, accelerator, and coworking office space has contributedsignificantly to the greater Leon County area economy since it first opened itsdoors in a converted railroad building across from the Tallahassee rail stationin 2014. The combined economic outputs of Domi Station and the companiesincubated there exceeds $100 […]

Shoppers show up to support local businesses

Micah Cho, WTXL TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With Christmas now a month away, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. Now more than ever, it’s important to shop small because of the pandemic. Socially-distanced shoppers across North Florida and South Georgia flocked to shops hoping to get a head-start on the holiday shopping season. With […]

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February 3, 2021

The Economic Vitality Leadership Council is responsible for meeting quarterly to increase the community’s competitiveness across the six economic development initiatives, provide advice upon implementation of the strategic plan, encourage collaboration across all sectors of the community, recommend improvements to improve competitiveness and engage members of the Economic Vitality Competitiveness Council to pursue specific objectives […]