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Economic yearbook 2011

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| 4/1/2011

News that Bing Energy is moving its headquarters from California to Tallahassee in order to collaborate with FSU on nanotechnology coincides with a trend of research-to-industry evolutions for Leon County, with four such conversions from FSU alone in the past year.

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> Focus on economic development and jobs. "That has taken the premier position in Leon County," says County Commission Chairman John Dailey.

> Continue to develop and enhance a "sense of place" in the three targeted areas of Timberlane Road/Market Street, Midtown, and South Monroe Street/South Adams Street in Tallahassee.

> Examine the potential for developing and marketing both existing and new commercial spaces on Tallahassee Regional Airport property, as part of crafting an overall vision for the Airport.

> Focus on assisting local small businesses, with particular emphasis on determining the city's role in providing such assistance.

MSA DEC. 2010 DEC 2009 % Change Jobless Rate
Tallahassee 176,790
176,398 +0.2% 8.7%
Source: Agency for Workforce Innovation

Homes Single-family, existing-home sales by Realtors
MSA Jan. 2011 Sales 1-Year Change Jan. 2011 Price 1-Year Change
Tallahassee/ Leon 115
+64% $154,400 -14%
Source: Florida Realtors

Leon Population: 273,778
Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 1.04%
Population by Age:
15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
16.6% 8.5% 36.9% 28.2% 9.7%
Per Capita Income: $36,198

Cascade Park
Two complementary projects are helping to reshape Leon County. Cascade Park (rendering above) is the centerpiece of a $30-million project to recapture the natural beauty of an historic site despoiled decades ago by industrial usage. The 24-acre park, with a 4.25-mile greenway, will include biking and walking trails, an amphitheater and landscaped greenspace, and a cylindrical fountain recalling the original waterfall. Also under way is the $34-million Gaines Street Revitalization project (rendering below) — a mile-long stretch of Gaines Street being rebuilt as a pedestrian-friendly corridor between universities and downtown, meant to boost new-urban neighborhood redevelopment featuring public art displays, storefronts and live/work spaces.
Cascade Park

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