Tallahassee, Florida- August 20, 2012
It's a place people typically come to enjoy the gulf, the beach and the sun...a chance to relax.
But for the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Sandestin was also the place to evaluate where we are as a community and where we want to go.
"Jobs in Tallahassee were almost always exclusively or mostly based on state government jobs in the past", said Larry Lynch of the Economic Development Council.
"That;'s changing, state government is getting smaller, leaner. We've got to figure out what can build new jobs on in the Tallahassee area," Lynch said.
Part of figuring it out is taking a look at what members believe.
At a lunch session, some of them were polled.
Much like the caricature drawing of Gretna City Commissioner Helen Franks, it wasn't an exact reflection, but a look through a special lens with a little fun mixed in.
Of chamber members polled, 51 percent say Florida is headed in the right direction, 49 percent say the wrong direction.
41 percent say Governor Rick Scott is doing a good job.
25 percent say he's doing a fair job, another 25 percent a poor job and 8 percent an excellent job.
53 percent described themselves as Republicans, 35 percent Democrats, almost exactly opposite of the breakdown on Leon County registered voters.
63 percent say they'll vote for Mitt Romney for president.
While 32% say they'll vote for President Obama.
As far as the chamber is concerned, perhaps the best news for them is more than one quarter of the more than 400 people attended the conference came to the annual gathering for the first time.
It includes Sean Maston.
"I'll definitely be back, this has been an enjoyable event," said Maston.
Chamber members were also polled on extending the half penny sales tax to support Leon County Schools.
76 percent say they definitely support it, while only 3 percent say they'll definitely vote no.
Also 51percent of members strongly believe the city's red light cameras should be removed.
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