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Help Strengthen Tallahassee’s Economic Vitality Through KCCI

Tallahassee, Fla. – Oct.28, 2016 – The Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI) is seeking volunteers, called Community Catalysts, to help strengthen Tallahassee’s economic vitality. The application cycle for the 2017 program year closes Nov. 6 2016 at 5 pm.

The 2017 project will bring the popular #IHeartTally to life by creating and promoting a life-sized, mobile, 3-D representation of the hashtag. This interactive, outdoor art installation will be available for people to sit on, climb on, play on and even take pictures with to share on social networks. The SOMO District is an emerging artistic area of Tallahassee, nestled between two Universities and downtown, which is why the letters would be placed in this area first, creating an urban parklet. A smaller version of the letters will travel to different events and sites throughout each year to highlight the people and spaces that make Tallahassee unique.

“As a KCCI Community Catalyst volunteer, you have the opportunity to enhance Tallahassee as a place to live, work and play,” said Betsy Couch, KCCI executive director. “KCCI unites a diverse group and connects them with community and government leaders, which empowers them to implement projects that enhance Tallahassee’s sense of place.”

KCCI trains its Community Catalysts on economist Richard Florida’s research that shows that the ability of a region to attract and retain members of the creative sector and stimulate economic prosperity depends on a balance of the 4T’s: Talent; Territorial Assets; Technology; and Tolerance.

Approximately twelve KCCI Community Catalysts will be selected to work with a representative from Visit Tallahassee, students from Florida State University and Florida A&M University, and City and County government representatives and private businesses to make the project come to fruition. The team receives guidance from KCCI’s Executive Director, Consultant and Advisory Board.

The Catalysts will work together over the course of the year to develop and implement the project idea into a self-sustaining project that helps build the community’s sense of place.

For more information about the project idea or if you would like to apply to be a 2017 Community Catalyst, please visit and complete the application at the bottom on the page under the “Become a Catalyst” section of the “Get Involved” tab on the main menu.