Economic yearbook 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.
LEON COUNTY GOALS
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|
|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|
||+64%||$154,400||-14%||Source: Florida Realtors|
|Leon Population: 273,778|
|Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 1.04%|
|Population by Age:|
|Per Capita Income: $36,198|
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.