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2026 vision for Leon County focusing on jobs, environment and quality of life

2026 vision for Leon County focusing on jobs, environment and quality of life

Mother and son Sheryl and Brady Barlow enjoy a mid-afternoon walk on the J.R. Alford Greenway on the first day of fall Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. The pair said they were enjoying the cooler temps this week after a long, hot summer and rainy last week. After a brief return to warmer temperatures this week, fall weather is forecast to return late next week with highs in the upper 70s and lows in the 50s.
Mother and son Sheryl and Brady Barlow enjoy a mid-afternoon walk on the J.R. Alford Greenway on the first day of fall Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. The pair said they were enjoying the cooler temps this week after a long, hot summer and rainy last week. After a brief return to warmer temperatures this week, fall weather is forecast to return late next week with highs in the upper 70s and lows in the 50s.

The Leon County Commissioners mapped out 40 initiatives they would like to tackle over the next five years. This jumps started their 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. The goals they set at their annual retreat this week were focused on economic development, the environment and quality of life, as well as governance.

Vince Long, County Administrator, noted the difficulty of achieving lofty goals. However, he said that the county was committed in bringing them to reality. The board will vote on the ideas developed at the annual retreat.

Here’s a breakdown on where the county is heading. The retreat materials include goals for the next five years and full retreat materials. You can find it here

Economic development

Production Technicians Chuck Flinkman, left, and Delvin Peoples work on assembling a compressor at the Danfoss Turbocor manufacturing facility Wednesday.

The county will work hard to achieve its goal of bringing the local tourism economy up to $5 billion. The county is also looking at how to tap its $1 trillion share of federal infrastructure dollars. It is also fostering research and businesses within the magnetic technology industry as well as through public infrastructure investments.

More:A list of Tallahassee-based technology companies

Nick Maddox, Leon County Commissioner, asked for an increase in the target percentages of Minority, Women and Small Business Enterprise from 20% to 30%.

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