STATEMENT: Gillum Responds to DeSantis with Invitation to Visit the Fastest Growing City in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Gillum for Governor Campaign released the following statement today from Geoff Burgan, Communications Director:
“Under Mayor Gillum’s leadership, the City of Tallahassee is now the fastest growing economy per capita of any Florida city. Perhaps Congressman DeSantis will pay our state’s capital a visit when he’s done touring Fox News studios in Washington, DC and New York City.”
The Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area has the fastest growing economy per capita for any Florida city, officials said Wednesday during the City Commission retreat.
Commissioners praised the 3.8 percent economic uptick driven by 95 proposed or under-construction developments in the pipeline within the city limits, and a few dozen in outlying Leon County. Economic development officials forecast 6,300 jobs created and more than $253.6 million in wages spurred by six of the 90-some projects.
Tallahassee’s economic growth rate outpaced the state’s overall growth rate of 0.6 percent. Nearly every segment within the city, with the exception of the southwest, is peppered with projects and proposals.
The private sector, due to milestone infrastructure efforts, is pushing the economic wave, said Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.
“These are a result of the kind of development and redevelopment we’ve seen throughout our city,” said Gillum, who is running for governor. “A lot of things had to co-conspire to make it possible to allow us to be one of the leading economies in the state of Florida and, in fact, in the nation per capita.”
Congressman DeSantis’ comments were reported yesterday in the Tampa Bay Times.