Crime is down too. Tallahassee Police chief Michael DeLeo says it decreased nearly 14 percent in 2017 compared to the year before. One of the city’s goals this year is to find a location for a new police headquarters.
The Capital City is ranked 19th in the nation when it comes to economic growth per capita.
“It’s not been dependent upon what the state has done or anybody else,” said Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum. “It’s been dependent upon what we’ve done here as a community, and I think that’s the best kind of growth you can ask for.”
Elsewhere, development continues to be a hot topic in Tallahassee. The city says there are 95 projects in different phases throughout the city.
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“Come play basketball and have a park and a playground that’s part of the overall campus and footprint with what the police facility would be, so that way, we’re just part of the normal environment,” said DeLeo. “We’re really trying to create more and more opportunity when the only time someone comes into contact with the police department or a police officer is when something’s wrong, but just as part of their normal daily lives, and that’s how you develop relationships.”