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KCCI Announces 2017 Community Catalyst Class

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI) selected 12 community volunteers for their 2017 project, which will mark the 10th anniversary of KCCI’s volunteer-driven placemaking initiatives. The team is tasked with bringing the popular #IHeartTally hashtag to life by creating a life-sized, 3-D, interactive representation of the hashtag.

“This year’s team has the opportunity to develop a one-of-a-kind #iHeartTally outdoor art piece that through the hashtag will raise awareness of Tallahassee’s diverse offerings,” 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 the 2017 Community Catalyst class are: Brian Batchelder, Deborah Bergstrom, Tiffany Bowers, Jenny Crowley, Joshua DeSha, Megan Doherty, Cosby Hayes, Abena Ojetayo, Christopher O’Neal, Ryan Sheplak, Charlotte Waters and Jared Willis.

Past projects have increased Tallahassee’s economic vitality and made the community more appealing to the creative class. Past projects include The Frenchtown Farmer’s Market, Tallahassee Music Week, the Discovery playscape at Cascades Park, Sustainable Tallahassee, and Get Gaines Going.

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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.