The Mayor has four primary areas of interest. Within each are programs and initiatives that serve the Tallahassee community.
Find out more about each of the Mayor's initiatives:
Family First Agenda
Through these initiatives, Mayor Gillum has sought to build on the great work of the child-focused organizations in our community, to more boldly drive change and move our City toward a more nurturing and dynamic place for our children and families to grow strong.
Highlights of the Family First Agenda in 2016 include:
- Hosting the 2016 Family First Week, including events focused on engaging parents, advocates, and business leaders on the importance of early childhood development.
- Wrapping up the work of the previous year’s Citizen Driven Task Forces.
- Launching three new community-driven Task Forces aimed at continuing the Family First efforts over the course of the next year.
The Opportunity Agenda
Through the Mayor's leadership, the City has taken the initiative to bring partners from all sectors of our community to identify the most issue-ridden areas of the City, and put together a long-term plan for inducing large scale impact. Through this work, the Tallahassee Promise Zone was created as a roadmap for the most challenged areas of the City. Addressing the major social issues that plague our community, such as crime, poverty, poor health and beyond is going to take a more comprehensive and targeted approach than we have seen done in Tallahassee; but the work is underway.
Highlights of the Opportunity Agenda in 2016 include:
- Expanding the Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy (TFLA) and connecting local youth with summer jobs at the City and with employers around the community.
- Leading the charge for more targeted and impact-measured funding for non-profits working in the Promise Zone area of the City.
- Fighting for common sense gun laws by standing up to special interests like the NRA and the 2nd Amendment Foundation.
- Hosting the 2016 Capital City Mentoring Challenge and Award Event as part of the 1000 Mentors Program [Click to learn more and sign up].
Talent Lives Here (TLH)
These are Mayor Gillum's goals and ongoing efforts for capitalizing on the opportunities that Tallahassee has to positively impact our community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and build a new economy.
Highlights of the Talent Lives Here Agenda in 2016 include:
- Becoming 1 of 50 cities to receive a TechHire Designation from the White House, and working with community partners to support the growth of high-paying tech jobs.
- Working with the City Commission to repeal Tallahassee’s Business License Tax to support the success of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses.
- Hosting and supporting one of the first Start-Up Weeks in the state of Florida, to grow the culture of entrepreneurship and innovation.
- Being named one of the 50 Best Cities in the U.S. for Entrepreneurs by a partnership of livability.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, and BusinessClimate.com.
Promoting a Culturally Vibrant Community
Mayor Gillum believes that investments in the social and cultural amenities of Tallahassee is vitally important for attracting young talent, recruiting new businesses, and also enriching the life of those that already call Tallahassee home.
Highlights of the Promoting a Culturally Vibrant Community Agenda in 2016 Include:
- Receiving a grant from the Knight Foundation to support the growth of the Longest Table Initiative.
- Holding The Longest Table at over 100 locations throughout Tallahassee, and working with leaders in places like Cleveland, Dayton, St. Louis and the State of Indiana to bring the initiative to their community.
- Hosting quarterly Faith Leaders Network Lunches; contact Willie Williams for more info.
Be on the lookout for information on the next Longest Table in October of 2016!
Operation Safe Neighborhoods
In 2015, in response to the issue of violent crime in Tallahassee, Mayor Gillum and City Leadership, alongside key community organizations, developed a set of community driven initiatives called Operation Safe Neighborhoods. This initiative seeks to increase police visibility, capacity, and response times; strengthen strategic partnerships and community programs/opportunities; and enhance community engagement and responses through a neighborhood watch program called Neighbors on the Block.
Tallahassee Mayoral Fellowship Program
Mayor Gillum understands that it’s essential to invest first hand in our young aspiring public leaders. The Tallahassee Mayoral Fellowship Program offers a yearlong opportunity for exceptionally high performing graduate students to meaningfully engage with key areas of City government, and serve in invaluable front-line positions alongside top leaders of City Hall.
Year One Highlights:
2015 in Review – Check out some of the highlights of the Mayor and City of Tallahassee’s achievements in his first year in Office.
In his Own Words – WCTV Interview with Mayor Gillum about his first year in Office.
Check out the 2015 Mid-Year Report - Showcasing the achievements of the first 6 months of 2015 and providing a brief snapshot of the progress made on the priorities listed below.