The mission of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is to be the catalyst for enterprise and neighborhood development. To perform this, we give attention to three precedence areas –Rising Enterprise, Bridging the Expertise Hole, and Advocating for Enterprise. In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, that work has solely gained significance. That is very true in our advocacy area.

Regardless of the challenges of distant conferences and displaced workers, our native authorities leaders are persevering with to serve the general public and make main choices on the long run of our neighborhood. Right here on the Chamber, our advocacy efforts on behalf of the enterprise neighborhood haven’t stopped both. Recognizing that our members are all working exhausting to maintain their companies throughout these tough occasions, we really feel it is very important share a significant replace on some main votes which can be coming earlier than the Metropolis and County Commissions subsequent week.

On Tuesday Could 26, along with the usually scheduled Blueprint Intergovernmental Company assembly, the Metropolis and County Commissions will meet collectively to resolve on a number of important Complete Plan Amendments. As half of that agenda, there’s a main vote scheduled that’s associated to the enlargement of the City Companies Space (USA). This enlargement contains giant properties inside the Metropolis limits which can be generally often called “Welaunee.”

Earlier than a call is made on whether or not to incorporate these giant tracts of land into a chosen development space within the Metropolis, officers are taking public feedback and suggestions through e-mail. The Chamber Board of Administrators has not taken a proper place on this difficulty, however earlier than the vote, we wish to share some key data with our members. Primarily based on this data, do you have to wish to share your opinion or stance on the matter, we’d encourage you to achieve out to Commissioners straight through e-mail.

A very powerful factor to know when contemplating how we plan for future development in Tallahassee is that our inhabitants is projected to develop by over 56,000 individuals within the subsequent 25 years. Primarily based on at present accessible properties and their respective land use capabilities, there’s not sufficient room to accommodate that improve in residents. The land being thought of for inclusion into the USA was annexed into the Metropolis limits 30 years in the past, and since then has been an necessary half of our neighborhood’s lengthy-time period development technique. Amazingly, this parcel is the one privately owned land inside the Metropolis limits that’s not half of the USA. Including this huge acreage tract into the USA would enable the only proprietor and the Metropolis to ultimately grasp plan the location in order that future development is according to our broader neighborhood imaginative and prescient.

Briefly, the choices being made subsequent week may have a significant affect on our neighborhood’s means to plan for development within the a long time forward. As champions for sensible and impactful development that results in financial alternatives, our members have a chance to weigh in. If you want to evaluation the coverage modifications being proposed subsequent week, you’ll find them on the Metropolis’s web site.

One precious useful resource for weighing what insurance policies are enterprise-pleasant is the Chamber’s Guiding Rules. For many who should not conversant in the Chamber’s Guiding Rules, you’ll find them on our web site. They are often useful instruments for understanding what number of enterprise neighborhood leaders are forming opinions on points like these. Our hope is that members who’ve a stance on this matter share it with their native elected officers.

To contact Metropolis and County elected officers on this matter, please use the e-mail addresses supplied beneath:


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