By: Gina Pitisci
May 20, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - A local non-profit is hosted their first free community forum in Tallahassee tonight to get feedback from the community on what they think is important about 'branding' Tallahassee.
Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee City Commissioner:
"We can't become what we ultimately need to be without the people of this community standing up and saying this is who we are, and this is the direction we want to go."
Imagine Tallahassee is a citizen-led initiative that is privately funded by donations. It's also supported by the city and the county.
Kim Rivers, Co-Founder, Imagine Tallahassee:
"We've got about 75 individuals and businesses with the average donation being about one thousand dollars so the goal was to spread it out. We didn't want any one large contributor because we didn't want any one business or individual to have more of a vested interest than anyone else."
The goal is to go before the sales tax committee this December with the results and initiatives gathered at the forums to see if they will allocate any sales tax revenue toward the projects. A vote will then be needed for a referendum by the city, county and the community.
Jaimi Wacksman, attended the forum: "Playing lip service is very easy to do just saying you want to live in a better community but when you actually give your time, your money, your resources, I think that shows that we're all ready to really make this commitment and make a difference."
If you missed tonight's meeting, there will be another meeting in Tallahassee tomorrow at City Hall in the City Commission chambers at 2 o'clock.