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Tallahassee-Leon County One of Several Florida Communities to Host 8th Americas Competitiveness Exchange

April 7, 2017

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), in coordination with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the U.S. Department of State, announced the list of host cities and counties for the 8th Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, also known as ACE 8. From December 3-9, the tour will showcase

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Celebrating One Year of OEV

April 4, 2017

It’s hard to believe OEV first opened its doors one year ago. From day one early last spring, and with the support of the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency, we hit the ground running and built a dynamic staff dedicated to the accountability, transparency, citizen engagement and professional management of economic development initiatives. It’s been a great

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Economic Development Plan Primed for Rollout

August 23, 2016

City of Tallahassee and Leon County officials teased parts of the area’s new economic development plan during a breakout session Saturday at the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference in Amelia Island. The unreleased plan, which would require the approval of city and county commissioners, includes initiatives aimed at business formation, business retention and expansion, tech transfer

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New Office of Economic Vitality Taking Shape

August 8, 2016

A new economic development agency is taking shape in Leon County. Public and private sector leaders were drawing up a strategic plan for the organization Friday, August 5, 2016 at the Center for Advanced Power Systems in Innovation Park. Ben Pingree, who heads the joint City/County Office of Planning, Land Management and Community Development, said

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Florida State Receives $10M for Nuclear Research Center

July 20, 2016

Florida State University will receive $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to create a new Energy Frontier Research Center that will focus on accelerating scientific efforts needed to support nuclear waste cleanup. The center will focus on developing technologies for recycling nuclear fuel and cleaning up Cold War-era weapon production sites. It will

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Workshops Continue to Shape Future Local Economic Growth

May 27, 2016

Input Sought on Community-Wide Economic Development Strategic Plan The Tallahassee/Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) is hosting its second Economic Development Strategic Plan listening and networking sessions on Friday, June 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Domi Station, 914 Railroad Avenue. This is an opportunity for all entrepreneurs and startup businesses to get

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Tallahassee|Leon County Office of Economic Vitality Opens for Business

March 10, 2016

The day after the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency appointed itself as the new economic development organization last week, the Office of Economic Vitality began to take shape. “We’ve been exceptionally busy,” said Ben Pingree, director of Planning, Land Management and Community Enhancement, “starting from first thing Tuesday morning after the IA meeting.” Pingree has formally alerted the

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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.            

August 24, 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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