October 26, 2016

Community Portrait

Tallahassee - A Community Portrait

An In-Depth Look at Florida's Capital

Charlotte Crane | 10/1/2010

Why I Live Here

I am a third-generation Tallahassean who grew up here, spent 12 years away for college and professional opportunities, and chose to move home six years ago because I wanted to be part of something bigger. I wanted to be a part of the community that exists here — a sense of community I felt was lacking in larger cities like Washington, D.C., and Boston. It’s a city where the vast majority is trying to make it stronger and better. It’s a city whose leaders tend not to take themselves too seriously and who view humility as a virtue. It’s a city whose residents care deeply about family and also about those around them.

I choose to live in Tallahassee because it’s progressive in its thinking about tomorrow, yet traditional in its values, and is constantly growing in a way that makes us more than just a hub for state government and a place to attend college. While government and academia drive our economy, there is also an entrepreneurial spirit here that makes Tallahassee a rewarding place to do business. It has a diverse workforce, yet it’s a place where you typically know the person you pass on the sidewalk. And it has a strong sense of history that drives the culture of our community and makes me proud to call Tallahassee home.

— Emory Mayfield
Vice president of institutional lending
Capital City Bank

Digital Access

Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single digital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.


Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

A race to save the Key deer from grisly screwworm outbreak
A race to save the Key deer from grisly screwworm outbreak

In a Winn-Dixie strip mall just off the Overseas Highway, a storage room at the National Key Deer Refuge visitor center has become the first stop in an expanding campaign against a ghastly screwworm infecting the planet’s last herd.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

Are you voting for - or against - Florida's Amendment 1, the "Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice"?

  • I am for it
  • I am against it

See Results

Ballot Box