Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum

City of Tallahassee

After several deadly shootings in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods, Tallahassee officials and community volunteers began walking those neighborhoods during the summer.  That outreach wrapped up Saturday night.

After the walk through the surrounding area, the city threw a party at the Walker-Ford Community Center.  There was music, food, games and more.  At one point, Mayor Andrew Gillum said neighborhood kids told police at the party they'd seen a gun on the roof of a nearby house.

Bond Community Health Center

Bond Community Health Center has received more than a million in federal funding, and the dollars also mean Bond has regained its previously lost federal designation.

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Urban Tallahassee

A plan to get more body cameras for Tallahassee police officers appears to be stalled this year as commissioners raise concerns about both privacy and cost.

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On Tuesday Governor Rick Scott used the power of a pen to approve the 2015-2016 state budget of $78.2 billion, just as he used that same power to veto more than $461 million in special projects. Some lawmakers are upset over the amount of vetoed bills.

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For the second time in 15 years, Tallahassee has won designation as the National Civic League’s “All-America City.”  The victory comes at a time when Tallahassee is struggling with an image problem.

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Florida’s Capital region is ready for whatever winds may blow. Predictions of a lighter hurricane season don’t mean residents should ignore taking precautions.

A time of year that Floridians know all too well, Hurricane season 2015 begins on June 1st. County and city officials met Friday to stress that the Tallahassee area is ready for anything that may make landfall.

The Mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum, cited the recent natural disasters in Oklahoma and the flooding in Texas, in urging Tallahasseeans not to be complacent.

Mayor Gillum Calls For 1,000 Mentors

May 27, 2015
Tallahassee hopes to increase mentors in the area.
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Mayor Andrew Gillum is kicking off an initiative to bolster youth mentoring programs in Tallahassee. He’s partnering with Volunteer Florida and several local community agencies to reach the goal of attracting 1,000 new mentors.

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City leaders are asking Tallahassee residents to weigh in on possible improvements to the city’s Southside. And while many remain hopeful, residents still feel largely pessimistic that change is coming.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum wants to see more participation in local government. He’s launched a survey to get feedback on the city’s numerous advisory boards.

Citizen Advisory Committees allow individuals to engage with City Hall on a number of issues to effectively conduct business in City Hall.  The survey asks residents to identify areas of interest—like arts and culture, ethics and transportation the hope being, Community Relations Coordinator Jamie Van Pelt says, more people will get involved in local government.

The Shelter

City leaders say they hope to reinvigorate the Frenchtown community. The planned relocation of the city’s main homeless refuge to West Pensacola Street could be their chance to bring Frenchtown back.

Once the youngest person to be elected a city commissioner, Andrew Gillum now faces scores of challenges in his new role as mayor of Tallahassee. He enters office on the heels of a slew of issues, some of which he supports, like the “Ban the Box” initiative, which would eliminate the need for new applicants to initially divulge their criminal histories when applying for city jobs.

Gillum says that, although there are still issues to be ironed out, that the positives outweigh the negatives, such as employment keeping former felons on the right track.

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A plan to remove a question asking potential city employees about their criminal histories has squeaked by the Tallahassee Commission, passing with a two-to-three vote. The city manager had announced plans to implement the so called “ban the box” initiative with no vote, but some commissioners including Scott Maddox raised concerned about the move.

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