Downtown Tallahassee Resources

Downtown features a wide range of resources that are available to those who are starting businesses, relocating their businesses or looking for opportunities. At the center of the community, downtown sits in the Downtown Community Redevelopment Area, Enterprise Zone and offers other tools that help businesses prosper here.


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Eligible applicants can receive grant funding of up to $50,000 on a one-toone match with equal owner/tenant funding for façade improvements on commercial structures located within either the Frenchtown/Southside Community Redevelopment Area or the portion of the Downtown Community Redevelopment Area constituting the pilot program boundary.

Provides up to $5,000 in grant funds for the exterior painting of commercial properties within selected portions of each community redevelopment area.  Rick Fausone • 891-6463 • Community Redevelopment Agency / Economic and Community Development Department

HUBZone is a Federal program designed to provide businesses located within qualified areas the opportunity to apply for federal contract set-asides. The Federal government mandates that each federal agency set aside up to 3% of all contracts for businesses located within HUBZone areas. The boundaries of the Tallahassee HUBZone were determined by federal guidelines from the year 2000 Census.

A joint City and County program that has designated approximately 20 square miles of Leon County as a State Enterprise Zone. Businesses that locate or expand their operations are eligible for various state tax credits.

The Tallahassee Urban Job Tax Credit Program (UJTCP) Area was designated in September 1998 and consists of two non-contiguous areas in the Frenchtown and Southside communities, totaling approximately 5.6 square miles. The UJTCP provides state tax credits of between $1,000 and $1,500 per new employee for eligible businesses that locate or expand operations within the designated area. Tax credits can be taken against either the Florida Corporate Income Tax or the Florida Sales and Use Tax.

A joint City/County pilot program that provides a rebate for a portion of property taxes, development fees and permit fees for businesses that fall into one of eleven targeted industries. The level of rebate is based on a number of factors, including the number of jobs created, the percentage of higher paying jobs, the level of capital investment, location within a targeted area, and environmental sensitivity in the design.

The program was established by the City to provide financial assistance to property owners as an incentive to restore/rehabilitate eligible historic structures. The program is available to all privately-owned properties in the City that are listed in the Local Register of Historic Places and have a Historic Preservation Overlay (HPO) zoning designation.Sherri Baker • 891-6464 • Community Redevelopment Agency / Economic and Community Development Department

Provides an exception to the Environmental Management Ordinance by allowing for a higher level of development of sites with significant slopes if the development will (1) create a minimum of 20 new jobs, and (2) 30 percent of the employees are at salaries that exceed the average annual salary of Leon County.  Michael Parker • 891-6457 • Community Redevelopment Agency / Economic and Community Development Department

Provides streamlined procedures for plan and permit review and approval for certain advanced technology projects. The program is designed to operate in conjunction with the State Office of Trade, Tourism and Economic Development to attract large, advanced technology projects that would provide a minimum of 250 new, full-time technology jobs.

Karen Jumonville • 891-7030 • City of Tallahassee, Growth Management Department

TheQualified Target Industry Tax Refund Program is a joint State, City, County and Economic Development Council program that provides tax rebates to industries that establish new operations or expand existing operations within the City. It provides tax refunds of up to $5,000 per new job created. This amount increases to $7,500 for projects located within a State Enterprise Zone. This program requires local government financial participation.