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Chamber of Commerce presents community scorecard to City Commission

Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 7:43 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - During Wednesday’s City Commission meeting, the Chair of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce gave a presentation of the community scorecard.

Jay Smith, the Chair, told Commissioners the data was compiled with numbers from OEV and DEO.

The scorecard shows green items, signifying improvements, and red items, signifying a decline. Gray items are unchanged.

The table shows jobs numbers in the top row, school metrics in the middle, and quality of life numbers on the bottom row.

The Chamber of Commerce told Commissioners that their three priorities are talent, workforce and education

A couple of positive measurements include a higher kindergarten readiness rate and a higher high school graduation rate.

The Chamber is working with Leon County Schools to have every kindergarten classroom in the community adopted by a business.

“So that classroom is specifically connected to a business where they’re reading to those, they’re mentoring, they’re providing assistance financially, and also making sure those students know the community cares and again, engaging those students early on so we’re making that impact on the third grade reading score,” explained Chair of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Jay Smith.

The scorecard also looks at job numbers. The unemployment rate went down in February from January’s number, but the poverty rate in Leon County did increase.

Mayor John Dailey said that it’s important to look at the metrics in this scorecard to determine what is needed in certain areas of the community.

“Whether we’re talking about positive metrics or negative metrics, it is important for us as policy makers to make data driven decisions. So, anytime that we have community partners come forward to help present data so that we can make more informed decisions, that is an overall win for this community.”

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