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2021 Annual Economic Review

July 20, 2022

The Annual Economic Review is a one- and five-year retrospective of the 13 indicators featured in the quarterly economic dashboard. Annual data gives wider context than quarterly updates, enabling the evaluation of long-term strategic objectives. Whether an indicator is positive, negative, or neutral depends upon one’s perspective. Policymakers like tight labor markets more than employers […]

Director’s Message: Love Your Local this Summer

July 30, 2021

The summer is a great time to go outside, have a family fun day with your loved ones, and enjoy the sunny weather. With Summer 2021 on the horizon, how are you spending your days and enjoying your local community? As residents and consumers, we have an opportunity to help our favorite businesses grow and succeed or […]

2020 Annual Economic Review

July 8, 2021

The Annual Economic Review is a one- and five-year summary of the 13 indicators featured in the Quarterly Economic Dashboard. Annual data gives a macro perspective, allowing comprehensive objectives to come into full focus. Whether an indicator is positive, negative, or neutral depends upon one’s perspective. Policymakers like tight labor markets more than employers do. […]

Director’s Message: Disaster Preparedness

June 11, 2021

June is National Safety Month and marks the official start of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Small businesses are vital assets to our economy and community, which is why the Office of Economic Vitality encourages all businesses to get prepared! Every organization has unique vulnerabilities and can’t always avoid disasters, but having a plan helps minimize […]

Director’s Message: Celebrating Economic Development Week

May 6, 2021

Next week, May 9 through May 15, marks International Economic Development Week, which was created and initiated by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). At OEV, we are excited to celebrate this week by bringing awareness to the local advancement opportunities that aim to strengthen our local economy. On Monday, May 10, I am happy […]

Despite Pandemic, Multi-Family Residential Development Remains Relatively Strong in Tallahassee

May 5, 2021

T.J. Lewis, Business Development Manager For the first quarter of 2021, nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic, new data shows that apartment developers have drawn back on multi-family activity nationwide. Currently in the United States, 565,000 apartments are under construction compared to more than 700,000 at this point in 2020. Large declines have been […]

Director’s Message: Entrepreneurship Drives Economic Vitality

April 8, 2021

From driving innovation to promoting social change, entrepreneurship plays a major role in the economy of our city, state, and nation. Entrepreneurship enhances economic growth, creates job opportunities, and enables new markets to be developed through the unique offerings of new goods and services. Great innovators have the ability to change the world for the […]

DataTALKS Explained: Tallahassee-Leon County Graduate Retention

Dan Lucas, Division Coordinator Tallahassee’s universities have a constant flow of incoming students and outgoing graduates. Florida State University and Florida A&M University together account for around 80% of the 65,000 students enrolled in higher education in Leon County. According to data from the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida, about […]

The Data Center: Tallahassee’s Leading Source for Economic Indicators and Trends

February 1, 2021

Richard Fetchick, Business Intelligence Manager Along with the rest of the OEV website, our Data Center enjoyed an overhaul in 2020 to enhance navigability, loading speed, and even expand the information presented. All the data formerly available on the site, as well as simple ways to send a particular question our way, can be found […]

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 […]

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December 8, 2022

Leon County and the City of Tallahassee created the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency in accordance with Florida Statutes Section 163.01(7). The Intergovernmental Agency Board of Directors, comprised of the Leon County Board of County Commissioners and the Tallahassee City Commission, provides leadership of the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency and implements the programs and projects of the Office […]

January 26, 2023

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, and recommend improvements to improve competitiveness.