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KCCI Announces 2016 Catalyst Class, Begins Plans for Historic Redevelopment

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI) selected 16 community volunteers to research, organize and implement the reimagining of Tallahassee’s Waterworks building, KCCI’s 2016 project. The goal of this project is to enhance Tallahassee’s position as a home for creative professionals while strengthening culture, civic engagement and economic prosperity.

“During the next year, these talented individuals have the opportunity to enhance our community’s sense of place in an emerging district near Cascades Park,” said Betsy Couch, KCCI Executive Director. “Since 2007 KCCI has been implementing projects that attract and retain recent graduates, young professionals and the creative class. This group will help carry that legacy forward.

Members of this 2016 Community Catalyst class are: Althemese Barnes, Amy Bradbury, Melissa Franklin, Kevin Graham, Bob Howard, Alissa Lotane, Jessica Lowe- Minor, Serena Moyle, Andi Nelson, Carlos Rey, Rob Rushin, Dorsey Spencer, Wayne Spinks, Matt Tharpe, Melissa VanSickle and Alex Workman.

Past KCCI projects strive to create sustainable change through implementation of sense of place projects such as Get Gaines Going, Frenchtown Farmer’s Market, the Discovery playscape at Cascades Park and most recently, the artistic wayfinding murals of Encompass Tallahassee. This year, KCCI looks to the citizens of Tallahassee for inspiration as they begin identifying needs and opportunities in brainstorming efforts. To submit ideas and opinions about what Tallahassee needs, complete the survey:

For more information and to get involved in KCCI’s ongoing projects, please visit


Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI) Tallahassee

Founded in 2007, the Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI) brings together a diverse group of community “Catalysts” who implement “sense of place” projects that help retain, attract and harness talent, increase entrepreneurship and enhance Tallahassee’s economic mobility. For more information, visit