August/September Business View Magazine

236 237 LEON COUNTY, FLORIDA LEON COUNTY REALIZING RETURN ON VISION N amed after the Spanish explor- er, Juan Ponce de León, Leon County, Florida is home to the city of Tallahassee, which is both the county seat and the state capital. It is also home to two of Florida’s major public universities, Florida State University and Florida A&M University. And for those who remember the movie, Field of Dreams, which centered on the maxim, “If you build it, they will come,” the adage holds true for Leon County, where investment in infra- structure has driven transformation and growth to new heights. “What we did during the Great Recession and global economic meltdown provides a foundation for where we are now and positioned our community well for the recovery,” explains County Administrator, Vince Long. “We really focused on public infrastructure and how that could stimu- late other projects and attract significant private sector investment. In a shaky econ- omy, private development was looking for safe bets.When the music had stopped AT A GLANCE LEON COUNTY, FLORIDA WHAT: A county of approximately 290,000 WHERE: In Florida’s northwest panhandle WEBSITE: