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KCCI Catalysts to Turn Hash Tag into Tangible Reality

Tom Flanigan

The Knight Creative Communities Institute has issued a challenge to its new class of community catalysts.

They'll be charged with making an online hash-tag into a tangible symbol of residents' affection for their hometown. KCCI Executive Director Betsy Couch welcomed community leaders to the project announcement at the Junction@Monroe.

"Now, as KCCI heads into its 10th year, we are exciting to debut our 2017 project," she told the crowd, which had assembled for the announcement at the popular Tallahassee night spot. "Our 2017 Community Catalyst Class will be challenged with taking the 'Ihearttally' hash tag literally to new heights by creating a life-size, three-dimensional version of the hash tag in an outdoor public space," Couch explained.

The first outdoor space location being in "SoMo", or the South Monroe Street district. Over the next year, Couch said up to a dozen community catalysts will work with Tallahassee's public and private sector leaders on the project.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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