This week we air clips from the recent Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Forum and pull clips from our own history to talk about the economic status of Leon County and the surrounding areas.
The Frenchtown Neighborhood Improvement Association received a grant for $500,000.00 from the US Department of Agriculture in 2018 and a $250,000.00 grant from the City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency. This money was marked for the creation of a shared kitchen devoted to the training of individuals and support for business entities wanting to commercially prepare or handle food that would be offered for wholesale, resale, or distribution. Today, “Kitchen Share” is a reality thanks to the dedication of many hard-working volunteers and staff members. FNIA Executive Director Jim Bellamy and Kitchen Share Manager Rose Garrison will talk with Brien about this remarkable contribution to the Tallahassee economy. Kitchen Share will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, May 18th from 10am to 3 pm. The Kitchen Share program advances economic opportunity, creates jobs and supports the growth of the local food system in the Frenchtown community and beyond. The closest commercial facility of its kind within 100 miles is in Panama City.
Hurricane Michael killed hundreds, devastated the natural environment, destroyed homes, farms, and businesses, and forever changed the lives of thousands of people across our region. Brian Buschmann and Anna Galjour are 2 of those people. After losing their home and their startup business in Panama City, they were left trying to pull together the pieces while continuing to care for Brian’s infant son. In March, they opened their business in Midtown Tallahassee and re-named it “Spear-It Nutrition”. Their mutual interest in health and nutrition gives them the unique ability to provide their customers with healthy smoothies, energy teas, iced coffee, and aloe shots. They also provide wellness coaching to lose weight, gain muscle and increase energy. They also serve breakfast and lunch!
First, Marvin M. Boatman, Founder/President The Kingsman Club, joins us to talk about mentoring young men. Then Ted McCarthy comes on to share with us his fund raiser, Capital City Challenge. Finally, Erin Gillespie of Madison Street Strategies sits down to discuss the Opportunity Areas in Tallahassee.
Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey will talk with Brien about his first 5 months in office and the vision he has for Tallahassee’s expansion and diversity. The City’s recent acquisition of the Northwood Center is a monumental example of the opportunities that Mayor Daily points to with great enthusiasm.
Care Point Health and Wellness Center is an extension of Big Bend Cares’ mission to provide healthcare for HIV and Aids patients. In addition, the Center is a primary care facility for anyone looking for medical services, whether insured or not. Chief Operation Officer Patty Balantine will talk with Brien about the success of this ground-breaking effort and the impact this health care program is having among residents in Tallahassee and across the region.
Tallahassee’s Holocaust Education Resource Council is devoted to keeping each generation mindful of the atrocities that were committed in Nazi Germany. The organization provides school teachers and the general public with valuable educational materials and hosts a variety of events throughout the year with this same mission in mind.
Executive director Barbara Goldstein will talk with Brien about the upcoming unveiling of a remarkable mural at Tallahassee Community College on April 28, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Barbara is joined by FSU Art Therapy professor David Gussak, Ph.D., ATR-BC. who was instrumental in overseeing this project along with graduate students from the Department of Art Education, Florida State University. The design aims to communicate themes of resilience and hope, while also acknowledging the history behind the unspeakable atrocities of the Holocaust. The children in the foreground are seen nurturing vibrant green grass that is seen growing from the train tracks of Auschwitz, while also watering blue iris flowers, which are symbolic of faith and hope. The message of life and hope for teaching the next generation.
The annual Earth Day observance is Monday, April 22. Kim Ross, Founder and Executive Director of Rethink Energy Florida will talk with Brien about the work of this organization that provides environmental advocacy, and educational opportunities for school children and the general public.