Why Tallahassee?
Why Tallahassee?


As the capital of the third most populous state in the U.S., Tallahassee-Leon County is home to three major institutions of higher learning, world-class research institutes, and a host of companies large and small. With innovative startups and a highly educated workforce, Florida’s Capital City is a cutting-edge, diverse community that continues to grow. The Office of Economic Vitality offers a streamlined process to assist you in growing your business, leveraging research and innovation funding or developing customized training for your workforce. Contact us today. Companies, like Danfoss Turbocor and DivvyUp, are choosing to be a part of this unique community because there’s a lot more to it than Southern hospitality and small-town charm. Florida’s Capital City offers an affordable cost of living, vacation-like quality of life, and fabulous parks and green spaces with close proximity to stunning beaches.

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Tallahassee is home to diverse areas that support a wide variety of interests, both business and personal. With over 700 miles of greenways and trails, larger-than-life festivals, exhilarating nightlife, and award-winning cuisine and breweries, our community is welcoming, boasting a multitude of activities for people of all ethnicities, cultures and ages. Florida’s Capital City has deep roots in history and a large array of culture and arts. Come and experience Tallahassee!


Tallahassee is home to a thriving research community anchored by world-class facilities, like the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and High Performance Materials Institute, and business incubators, like Domi Station. The research conducted in Florida’s Capital City is more than theoretical – products are going to market and high-wage jobs are being created every year.


There’s an abundance of educational opportunities in Florida Capital! As the most educated city in the state, Tallahassee is home to 3 major institutions of higher learning, contributing to more than 48 percent of the population having a bachelor’s degree or higher. We know that the development of our talent pipeline is critical and our public school system boasts a 93 percent graduation rate – exceeding state and national averages.


The Living Index from the Council for Community and Economic Research shows the cost of living in Tallahassee to be 2.9% below the national average! Not only is Tallahassee-Leon County cost-effective for living but also is home to multiple beautiful nature escapes and historic landmarks. Come enjoy all we have to offer all while living below the average cost of living for the US!

Success Stories

Since 2016, the Office of Economic Vitality has worked to create a stronger economy for Tallahassee-Leon County. From manufacturing and health care to information technology and applied sciences, companies across a broad variety of industries have chosen Tallahassee as their place of business. Discover success stories of local businesses that chose Florida’s Capital to launch, build, and grow their business.


Municode is a nationwide tech company that is proud to call Tallahassee home. Founded in 1951, Municode has grown to serve over 4,000 municipalities with solutions that unify agendas, meetings, websites and municipal codes of ordinance.


The inspiration for DivvyUp was born when sophomores from Florida State University’s Entrepreneurial Program took a trip to a local homeless shelter looking to help. Their huge need: Socks. Since then, DivvyUp has become a custom sock empire.

Digital Infrastructure

With companies relying more and more on digital channels, take control of your fiber future. Tallahassee is home to a strong digital infrastructure, where companies of all sizes can benefit from our hi-speed fiber connectivity.

Real Estate

Whether you are looking to expand your business in Florida’s Capital or considering a relocation, our Business Development team ensures an in-depth site selection process to find the perfect home for your business.


Tallahassee is a diversified economy with a wide variety of businesses and industries. Our employers help define our community and represent leading companies in healthcare, tech, manufacturing and more.


Our community has the lowest median age in the State, which gives business the benefit of tapping into the change agents and dreamers who help Tallahassee become a better community each and every day.


Cristina Paredes, CEcD
Director, OEV

The Office of Economic Vitality is here to answer any questions you may have, provide you with more information, and create an effective solution for your relocation, expansion, and business needs.

Recent Stories
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May 26, 2022

Focused on setting the highest standard in public service, Leon County received 9 national Achievement Awards for exceptional County programs and services from the National Association of Counties (NACo), bringing the County’s total to 95 NACo awards since 2013. Annually, NACo seeks to recognize innovative county government programs from across the nation. With awards in

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March 23, 2022

This 5-minute survey is a part of Tallahassee-Leon County’s Local Technology Planning Team’s Broadband Initiative to determine the Internet/broadband needs for ALL residents and businesses of Leon County. Please have a person in your household/business who is 18 years or older and makes household/business decisions about technology or the internet complete the survey. We value

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Upcoming Events
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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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August 24, 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.