The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency (IA) is scheduled to address several major economic development projects at the May 27th meeting. The IA Board consists of the seven Leon County Commissioners and five Tallahassee City Commissioners.
Project Mango, the code name for the potential expansion of a yet-to-be named Fortune 500 Company into the Tallahassee area, was recently added to the agenda. The IA Board will vote on approving the Target Business Program application which includes $2,565,299 in incentives for the company. The incentive funds would come from the capital budget of the Office of Economic Vitality.
Florida State University
The IA Board will vote to conclude MOU negotiations with Florida State University on the proposed convention center project at the Tucker Civic Center location at this time. The decision not to move forward with project is based a number of factors which include construction cost increases, budgetary limitations compared with limited funding available to construct a project and the economic recession due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The IA Board will also consider a new funding request from FSU related to needed repairs at Doak S. Campbell Stadium. FSU is seeking funding based on the significant economic impact of the activities conducted at the stadium on the local economy. In addition, the request notes the funding is similar to the approved request from Florida A&M University for Bragg Stadium repairs and the most recent request by Tallahassee Community for funding to upgrade their athletic facilities.
Tallahassee Community College
The IA Board will vote on a Tallahassee Community College request for approximately $1 million to be used to upgrade athletic facilities. TCC leadership has indicated that matching funds, approximately $1.5 million, will be provided by a combination of foundation and grant funding.
TCC has indicated that the upgrades will allow TCC to expand its hosting of sports tournaments, bringing in additional tourism and recreation dollars to the community.
The Market District Park
The IA Board will vote to approve the Market District Concept Plan and authorize Blueprint to advertise, negotiate, and award a contract for design services for the Blueprint Market District Park. The next phase for $16 million project will begin in fall 2021 and includes planning and public outreach for neighborhood trail connectivity to the Market District and pedestrian and streetscaping improvements.