business and development

Bird and Jump brand e-scooters lean on their kickstands on the sidewalk. They are faced so that they stand parrallel to the roadway.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU

Gotcha, Lime, and VeoRide are the e-scooter vendors recommended by City of Tallahassee staff to participate in the upcoming pilot program slated to go live on July 15.

A lime e-scooter sits parked on a street in downtown Portland, Ore.
Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press

Nearly 1,000 e-scooters will soon be available for rent after Tallahassee’s City Commission greenlit a three-month electric scooter program. The city is now looking into which vendors to hire.

The St. Johns River
FL Division of Tourism via Florida Memory / Florida Memory

Tourism is Florida’s largest industry yet the agency that markets the state could soon be going away. As lawmakers hammer out details of a roughly $90 billion  spending plan, Visit Florida could find itself left out.

The City of Tallahassee is finalizing a deal to purchase the Northwood Centre for $6.8 million.

With renewable energy being at the forefront of issues with many climate advocates, utility companies are often seen as culprits when it comes to slowing down clean energy legislation. 

Visit Florida's budget has grown since 2004. So has the state's tourism numbers.
Visit Florida

Florida’s tourism and marketing agency could be going away if the Florida House has its way. It comes as tourism remains the state’s dominant industry, and the state continues recovering from toxic algae blooms and hurricanes. 

Magnolia Terrace Apartments

Leon County is trying to shore up some of its affordable housing units. 

The Housing Finance Authority (HFA) of Leon County is trying to secure $13 million to renovate the Magnolia Terrace Apartments. The complex is located near the Capital City Country Club on Magnolia Drive.


The Hucksters Mobile Market delivery truck
Jesse Taylor / Domi Station/ Hucksters Mobile Market

At the end of this month, Tallahassee will officially celebrate the winning of a national championship that isn’t connected with collegiate athletics. It’s the victory of the DOMI Station incubator team in a competition to use hi-tech methods to solve a pressing community problem.

AP Photo / John Raoux

Florida lawmakers approved a series of new laws last year cracking down on telemarketers. Those laws went into effect last summer, and addressed everything from unwanted voicemails to allowing phone companies to pre-emptively block robocalls. And yet, the bad calls are still happening.

Markus Spiske

The rising use of biometrics by private companies is pushing Florida lawmakers to ensure consumers are aware and protected when giving up their information. 

florida preemption
The State of Florida

A bill seeking to crack down on local business regulations is moving through the Florida House. 

A house under construction
Nick Ares / flickr.com

Affordable housing advocates are pleased to hear Governor Ron DeSantis is proposing to dedicate all of the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund to affordable housing in his budget proposal.

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce

The Florida Chamber of Commerce has out its annual Jobs Agenda for the 2019 legislative session. 

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Florida officials hope to revive the state's film industry by offering grants up to $2-million to production companies. 

Businesswomen sit in small groups to discuss networking.
Casey Chapter

One Tallahassee organization is working to help women bring their own companies into the business world.

Ron DeSantis speaking at the podium.
Wilfredo Lee / AP

Florida’s Cabinet voted Tuesday to place Airbnb on the state’s Scrutinized Companies List. 

The move comes after Airbnb announced plans last November to remove roughly 200 listings in the West Bank, Israel because of safety concerns. 

Visit Florida

Executives with Visit Florida must choose a new CEO after Ken Lawson was chosen to head the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Committee members are debating what type of person should have that job.

Matt Alaniz / Unsplash

Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis’ economic transition team held a conference call this week to pitch suggestions on what will drive Florida’s economy going forward.

City of Tallahassee Facebook

Tallahassee’s Community Redevelopment Agency has given the greenlight to a multi-faceted plan to improve the Bond neighborhood. That will be made possible by a $6.4 million investment over three years.

CareerSource Capital Region

It’s a job seeker’s market. The tri-county region of Leon, Gadsden, and Wakulla has an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent. Help wanted signs are common, and it’s even worse for businesses that need extra help over the holidays.

CareerSource Capital Region CEO Jim McShane says his staff continues the push to match companies with workers who have the needed skills.

FilmFlorida.org

Florida’s share of film and television productions is waning as the state no longer offers tax credits for the industry. A new analysis finds Florida lawmakers may have good reason to reconsider those incentives.

The HBO series “Ballers” starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was filmed in South Florida for its first two seasons. Then it moved to California – after Florida’s film tax credit program ended in 2016. The show is still going strong, now working on its fifth season.

A woman with brown skin, her natural hair pulled back, smiling wide with purple lipstick
Courtesy Gadsden County

Gadsden County’s interim County Administrator Dee Jackson has been signed on to the post full-time. Jackson is the first woman to hold the job in Gadsden’s 200-year history.

Ryan Dailey / WFSU-FM

Second Harvest of the Big Bend had what could be a record month in food distribution for the nonprofit during November. The food bank circulated more than one million pounds of food last month.

Gas Pump
MGN Online / MGN Online

This year’s holiday season has been greeted with lower gas prices. The price at the pump has declined due to the decrease of the cost of crude oil.

Brightline

Brightline, South Florida’s high-speed passenger rail system, is changing its name. The company announced a new partnership Friday with the Virgin Group. 

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