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Greater Tallahassee sees growth in light of trip to South Carolina

Local leaders are soaking up inspiration in Greenville
Posted at 6:19 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 18:19:36-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A group of Tallahassee leaders from different sectors are in Greenville, South Carolina to learn more about that city and to find ways to improve our own.

For three days, local leaders are soaking up inspiration in Greenville to bring home.

Tallahassee has twice as many people, but the group is picking up on what this city has done well, exploring downtown and spaces for innovation, and recreation.

A big topic is the local economy, which is getting stronger here.

When you look at Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties, the unemployment rate in February was 3.3 percent, better than the month before.

"There's fewer people looking for a job, because people that want a job have got a job. So, what we're seeing is that folks coming in are the ones that need actually more help from us to get them employed," said Jim McShane, CEO of CareerSource Capital Region.

Jobs in healthcare, retail and customer service were in high demand in February.

CareerSource Capital Region says there's still work to be done.

"We haven't planned for it in the number of people that are being trained with the skills that these businesses are looking for, which is what our job as a board is supposed to do is, 'How do we come together with that," said McShane.

The Tallahassee Economic Index measures the city's economic growth. The latest report shows a big move up to start 2019.

New construction permits, sales for building materials, and airport traffic were part of the boost.

The concern is keeping the momentum going. How can Tallahassee add to what it's doing economically? It's a question that could be answered after this trip.

CareerSource Capital Region is helping get the word out about new jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau.

On Monday, April 8, CareerSource Capital Region is hosting an information session with the U.S. Census Bureau at their Gadsden County career center on 1140 W. Clark Street in Quincy for Enumerator/Lister and Field Supervisor positions from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.