Chamber Study Finds Economic Benefits to Consolidation

A study conducted by the Washington Economics Group, Inc. (WEG) for the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce concludes that “effective” government consolidation could result in increased economic performance for Leon County.

In November 2017, the TalChamber Board of Directors voted to commission an independent study on the possible consolidation of Tallahassee and Leon County governments.

The need for a stronger economy and challenging times in the community were cited by the Chamber Board as some of the major impetus to actively consider a structural change in local government

The study focuses on five comparison cities to draw observations about the potential economic development impacts of a merger government in Tallahassee and Leon County. The cities used for this comparative analysis are:

1) Nashville, TN
2) Jacksonville, FL
3) Indianapolis, IN
4) Athens, GA, and
5) Louisville, KY

The study found that each city has experienced various economic benefits since residents chose to consolidate their local governments. Shared benefits across all of these comparative cities include the mitigation of urban sprawl, fiscal efficiencies, and improved business climates.

The cities selected were based on roughly similar socioeconomic characteristics to Tallahassee.

Each city features unique governance models that have been crafted by engaged citizens in an effort to create a better government that generates a more prosperous community.

Consolidation efforts across the country have made many promises, but as the WEG study highlights, the most frequently reliable outcome for successfully consolidated governments has been higher performing economic development efforts.

Of the five comparative consolidated city governments included in the WEG study, they have an average employment and population growth that has exceeded the national average over the past five years. The average employment growth in those
cities exceeds the Tallahassee-Leon County growth rate by nearly four percent.

The study projects that over five years Leon County consolidation could add an approximately 8,000 jobs with a growth in  income of $335 million.

6 Responses to "Chamber Study Finds Economic Benefits to Consolidation"

  1. phil   January 30, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Not sure a 2 month study will figure out how to fix the lack of a moral compass among elected officials and some staff, whether we consolidate or not.

    • Mike   February 2, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Agreed, Phil. No matter what New Game they may invent here with local government, it’s a useless waste if we’re stuck with the Same Old Players.

      What will fix Tallahassee’s problems of embedded corruption (both within and outside City Hall), economic stagnation, and nationally-known poor reputation (our sky-high crime rates, et al) – is the complete removal of all long-term Tallahassee elected officials, department heads, and top staffers. Then and only then will Tallahassee have a chance to emerge out of this Swamp of corruption and be the great city that it has the potential to be. I really believe that can happen, but it will never will if the same familiar names and faces are still holding any city office whatsoever, no matter how minor.

      • Mike   February 2, 2018 at 9:27 am

        Sorry for too many “wills” in the bottom of my comment. But with the new City Ethics Policy, you would have to prove that I “intended corruption” in my typing. “It was just an inadvertent mistake, judge.”

  2. Snidely Whiplash   January 31, 2018 at 6:06 am

    The Chamber has a way too cozy relationship with local graft, corruption, and is most likely going to be proven an un-indicted player in the whole reason the FBI is in town conducting their CRA investigation.
    Presenting a cherry-picked statistical driven “study” of what the Chamber wants local sheeple voters to agree with will no longer play in Tallahassee to anyone except the few remaining mindless Democratic party-line voters.
    And TR plus Steve Stuart (for Mayor) are converting those few remaining mindless Democratic party-line voters every day!

    Let me just reach back into my historical back side to pull out a nugget which will sum up the Chamber’s presentation in as few words as possible:
    “Lies, damned lies, and statistics” Mark Twain.

  3. Kinseys Kin   February 11, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    I lived in Jacksonville when it consolidated with Duval County. Taxpayers incurred a hefty increase in taxes due to the need to purchase; New uniforms, repainting of LE vehicles, purchase of new radio communications equipment, infrastructure expenses relating to housing the two agencies into a common building, set up of new communications facility, cross-training programs, etc.

  4. steve   February 15, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    The issue is ““effective” government consolidation”. We don’t have effective government now.


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