Chamber Advocacy Update – November 12, 2014


As part of your Chamber Business Advocacy Committee’s goal of monitoring, informing, communicating and advocating on your behalf regarding important issues impacting local businesses, listed below are highlights for the upcoming local government meetings during the weeks of November 12.

As with all City & County Commission meetings, Chamber staff will be in attendance in support of your business and joining with our partners toward enhancing our region’s economic climate.  Below you will find a brief description of those issues that you may find of special interest.

Tallahassee City Commission Meeting (November 12)

The next City of Tallahassee Commission regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12 at 4 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of City Hall. A series of issues presented on the agenda appear of particular interest to the business community. Additional information regarding all County agenda issues (such as those highlighted below) can be found in the full County agenda HERE.

Returning from the Veteran’s Day Holiday, the City Commission has a few notable action items on the agenda, of interest to the business community, including:

  • Agenda Items 12.01 through 12.03 introduce three ordinances for later consideration and approval on items ranging from property annexation on Mays Road to a proposed new amendment to the Land Development Code to allow for drive through lanes within the city’s multimodal district (an issue that city planning staff has collaborated closely with a working group from the Chamber and the business community upon).
  • Agenda Item 13.02 provides an update on the long awaited process to finalize transfer (as approved by the State Cabinet) of notable downtown properties (within the City’s Community Redevelopment Area) amongst FSU and the City. This item, when final action is taken, will allow for significant new development and redevelopment by FSU (adjacent to the Tucker Civic Center) and by the City (adjacent to the newly updated Cascades Park).
  • Agenda Item 13.07 covers a staff presentation of the expedited implementation of the voter approved new ethics reforms for the City of Tallahassee, as now included in the Tallahassee City Charter based upon voter approval last week in the general election.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any further questions you may have about this content and/or the Chamber’s comprehensive set of activities to Monitor, Inform, Engage and Advocate on behalf of the Greater Tallahassee business community through the Chamber’s Business Advocacy Committee.

On behalf of your Business Advocacy Committee,

Benjamin H. Pingree, MPA
Vice President, Business Retention/Expansion & Public Policy

Seeking to monitor, inform, communicate and engage for the benefit of our members, businesses and economic good.