DataTALKS Explained: Tallahassee-Leon County Graduate Retention

April 8, 2021

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

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The Intellectual Capital

Drew Dietrich, Deputy Director Tallahassee is known for many things – endless outdoor adventures, Southern Hospitality, unrivaled festivals, and you guessed it, college football. But hiding just beneath the surface is a little known truth – there’s an awful lot of knowledgeable and skilled people walking around. In 2020, Tallahassee ranked as the 17th most

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Re-Entry: A Key Point for Business Innovation

March 4, 2021

Richard Fetchick, Business Intelligence Manager In an effort to improve the re-entry pipeline for the formerly incarnated, Leon County Government and the Office of Economic Vitality partnered with MIT Sloan School of Management-USA Lab. This study included housing, transportation, counseling, and career opportunities. From the USA Lab Partnership, the importance of connecting re-entering citizens to

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Big Bend Manufacturers Association Update

Kevin Gehrke, Business Development Manager, Applied Science Happy March everyone!  I am pleased to announce that this first quarter has been very successful for the recently Big Bend Manufacturers Association (BBMA). We have filled our board with the addition of the heads of two successful local manufacturing organizations and a local accounting firm. These members have

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Director’s Message: Celebrating Women-Owned Businesses

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) recognizes the many women-owned businesses here in our community. We celebrate the accomplishments of women and women-owned businesses, and I am excited to share their stories of doing business right here in Tallahassee-Leon County. I love what Barbara Wescott, Founder of Women Wednesdays,

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AMWAT Moving Owner, MWSBE CAC Vice Chair Gloria Pugh Elected First Woman President of Professional Movers Association of Florida

March 2, 2021

AMWAT Moving Warehousing Storage Owner Gloria Pugh Takes the Helm [Tallahassee, Fla.] – The Professional Movers Association of Florida (PMAF) has recently announced that the association’s Board of Directors unanimously elected Gloria Pugh to serve as President for the 2021-2022 year. This vote marks a historic event for PMAF, as Gloria will be the first

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How Florida’s Capital Built Magnetic Momentum

February 1, 2021

Kevin Gehrke, Business Development Manager, Applied Science As most in the area know, Tallahassee is home to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, affectionately known as “The MagLab”.  However, what many may not realize is Tallahassee is also home to other organizations that work and specialize in magnetics.  The advantage of having multiple magnetics organizations

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

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

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Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality Director Paredes Named 2021 Top 50 Economic Developer in the Nation

January 28, 2021

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., January 28, 2021 – Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) Director Cristina Paredes has been named as one of this year’s Top 50 Economic Developers. This list is developed annually by Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants. This annual list recognizing the

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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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June 29, 2022

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.            

June 29, 2022

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

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