>> The Collegia study was conducted in July 2009 through funding from the Knight Creative Communities Initiative.
- Some of the objectives were to: 1) Build a stronger economy that is authentic to the Tallahassee region and is sustainable through economic ups and downs; and 2) leverage key learnings from the Richard Florida strategic work to help the Tallahassee region attract creative people, generate innovation, and stimulate economic growth.
- A representative from the Knight Foundation was quoted as saying ‘Tallahassee’s potential for future talent is significantly above the national average … however, its current ability to attract and retain talent lags significantly behind the rest of the nation.’
- The following quotes from participants in the survey, have the same general sentiment.
- If Tallahassee had more to offer as far as job opportunities and nightlife for the 25-30 age group then I would be willing to stay. ~ FAMU Alum
- Tallahassee can be, but overall is not, a very exciting place to live. ~ Current student at TCC
- We don’t hear about Tallahassee as a place to be a junior executive. ~ Student at TCC
- New Orleans has Mardi Gras. Orlando has Disney. Miami has shopping. But Tallahassee is undefined. ~ Student at TCC
- We don’t stick around because we don’t know. ~ Student at FSU
- The Soul of the Community Survey says it best: While education opportunities may draw students, communities need to focus on keeping them.
>> The Vibrant Cities Project, a non-profit organization based in Tallahassee, Florida, was organized in late 2010 to address the unmet needs of forward-thinking individuals and organizations working to bring a sense of vibrancy and excitement to the Tallahassee area. After being witness to the demise of such engaging ideas as local music and fashion events, the visionaries behind Vibrant Cities Project (VCP) charged themselves with creating a more open and receptive environment for such ideas by being a fiscal supporter of these catalysts.