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Chamber study points to potential economic benefits of a consolidated government

From WCTV.tv TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — According to the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Tallahassee and Leon County could potentially benefit economically by forming a consolidated government. The preliminary opinion is based off a study done by the Washington Economic Group for the Chamber. That study is a comparative study that looks at the best practices […]

Chamber Releases Washington Economics Group Study: Findings Show Unified Economic Vision Could Result in Long Term Growth

Click HERE for the full study. A dynamic new study by the nationally-renowned Washington Economics Group makes a compelling case for the potential merger of Tallahassee and Leon County into a single consolidated governance structure to measurably boost the local economy and significantly enhance accountability of the government to the people it serves. The timely, […]

Chamber study finds consolidation would boost economy

From the Tallahassee Democrat A study commissioned by the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce found merging Leon County and the city of Tallahassee could boost economic growth and lead to a more accessible and accountable local government. The study, conducted by the Washington Economics Group and released Tuesday, examined the effects of consolidation in five […]

Time to move Florida capital from Tallahassee? This PBC rep thinks so

From myPalmBeachPost TALLAHASSEE — A Palm Beach County representative thinks it’s time for Florida’s capital to move to new digs. A bill (HB 1335) filed by state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, would require the formation of a committee to study moving the Legislature and the offices of the governor, state attorney and chief financial officer […]

Lawmaker looks to consider relocating Florida Capitol

From WCTV.tv TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — As lawmakers descend on Tallahassee for the annual legislative session, one is suggesting they should be heading somewhere else. Representative Bill Hager filed a bill on Monday, proposing a relocation of Florida’s Capitol. Under House Bill 1335: Capitol Relocation Task Force, Hager is requesting a task force be formed […]

Statement from the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Regarding Proposal to Move Florida’s Capitol from Tallahassee HB1335

A deeply flawed proposal by state Representative Bill Hager (R-Delray Beach) to move Florida’s capitol and many functions of state government from Tallahassee to someplace else should be quickly disposed of by the Legislature this week. No study is necessary to determine that this bad idea would have a damaging, disruptive, and dangerous impact on […]

Tallahassee’s economic growth outpacing other Florida cities

From the Tallahassee Democrat The Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area has the fastest growing economy per capita for any Florida city, officials said Wednesday during the City Commission retreat. Commissioners praised the 3.8 percent economic uptick driven by 95 proposed or under-construction developments in the pipeline within the city limits, and a few dozen in outlying […]

Tallahassee Chamber Pans State House Proposal To Move The Capital

From WFSU A plan to move the state capitol away from Tallahassee is being met resistance from Tallahassee. The local chamber of commerce issued a statement Tuesday. The bill to move the Capitol to is from Republican Rep. Bill Hager, who says Tallahassee is just too difficult to get in and out of easily. But […]

Major Tallahassee projects in the works for 2018

From WTXL TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – You’ll notice big changes to Tallahassee’s skyline in 2018. Some major projects are in the works, and some are already underway. Brick by brick, dollar by dollar, Tallahassee is expanding. Jay Revell, the vice president of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, says 2018 will be the Capital City’s biggest […]

Tallahassee Chamber chides Rep. Hager for ‘dangerous, disruptive idea’ to move capital

From the Tallahassee Democrat The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce said Rep. Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach, doesn’t know much about history. Chamber President Sue Dick, Tuesday called out Hager for pushing a “damaging, disruptive and dangerous” idea. The South Florida Republican wants to move the state Capitol from the sunny, southern charms of Tallahassee closer […]

Tallahassee economy projected to grow more in 2018

From WTXL LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) – The year 2017 saw numerous records in the stock market, and a soaring job market. The nation’s economy added two million jobs, with nearly 150,000 new jobs added just last month. According to labor department, figures released today say December was the 87th straight month of job growth, the […]

Learning From Nashville

From 850 Business Magazine In May 2017, a group of around 80 Tallahassee business and community leaders traveled to Nashville on a fact-finding tour organized by the local Chamber of Commerce. Much like prior trips to Boulder, Austin, Chattanooga, and Madison, the goal was to understand how a city navigated the transition from under-developed to […]

Chamber selects Coral Gables consulting firm for consolidation study

From the Tallahassee Democrat The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce hired Coral Gables-based Washington Economic Group Inc. to lead its study on the consolidation of local government functions. Last month, the chamber announced its plans for a deep analytical dive into the potential economic benefits of a consolidated local government in Tallahassee and Leon County. The Washington Economic Group is […]

Footy Training startup wins $1,000 seed money grant

From the Tallahassee Democrat A Tallahassee startup geared toward helping soccer players won a $1,000 seed grant from Centennial Bank during a Tuesday entrepreneurial forum sponsored by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. Footy Training is an app-based business that helps soccer players train on their own, against teammates and other players in an effort to […]

Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce requests independent airport authority

From WCTV.tv TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is requesting the City of Tallahassee to consider acquiring an independent airport authority. This comes more than a month after the previous aviation director resigned for a job in another city. The chamber is calling on the city to conduct a consultant-based study […]

Chamber to Tallahassee: Consider independent airport authority

From the Tallahassee Democrat Business leaders want the city to relinquish its role as primary management for Tallahassee International Airport and pursue an independent airport authority. The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce’s board wants the city to consider the major change after director Chris Curry took a job last month to head the Mobile Airport Authority in […]

Chamber to Commission Consolidation Study

From WFSU The organization that represents the Capital City’s business community is urging the consolidation of City and County governments as a possible solution to crime and corruption. Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Heidi Otway said the question first came up back in May when a Tallahassee delegation visited Nashville. “One of the […]

Leaders react to Chamber’s consolidation study

From the Tallahassee Democrat Plans by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce to study consolidating local government received mixed reviews from political insiders, business and community leaders. It’s a touchy topic. Voters rejected the notion in the past, but the idea won’t die. On Tuesday, it was resurrected after a Tallahassee-based survey revealed a snapshot of what residents think of […]

Our View: The painful way forward: Chamber’s call for study on consolidation is the right move

From the Tallahassee Democrat If it happens someday in Leon County, consolidation will be extremely difficult. It will pit friend against friend and make friends out of foes. It will be messy, painful, complicated, emotionally taxing and intellectually draining. It will, at various times, seem not worth the time and effort. Oh, by the way, […]

Chamber calls for study on government consolidation

From WCTV.tv TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)– The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is taking a sharp stance on the future of Tallahassee and Leon County. On Tuesday, the Chamber announced that it plans to fund an independent study to look at the impact of consolidating local government. Chamber Chair Heidi Otway said the idea came after the […]

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