Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI): What initially got you interested in KCCI?
Bryan Desloge (BD): I learned a lot about Tallahassee and the State through my training in Leadership Tallahassee and Leadership Fl. I thoroughly enjoyed the programs and the experience and looked forward to working with other committed community people who also wanted to make a difference and was interested in the catalyst idea.
KCCI: Can you give us a brief summary of the Get Gaines Going project?
BD: Gaines St renovation had been a major discussion for years with a lot of talk about its potential but no action. It was a perfect example to demonstrate how the KCCI program could be an accelerator – so we did exactly what the KCCI program calls for, acted as a catalyst for the project working with the City, County and private entities.
KCCI: What did you enjoy most about working on the project?
BD: Working with the team and making a tangible difference in the community – being a part of the process and seeing it develop after so many years of just talking.
KCCI: What was the biggest challenge you encountered while working on the project?
BD: Coordinating efforts between the different governments.
KCCI: What are some of your favorite places in Tallahassee?
The rivers (Aucilla, Wacissa, Wakulla) the bike trails and some of the eclectic places – Bradfordville Blues Club, Shells, Goodwood. We have so many opportunities in this area. Just go to http://www.visittallahassee.com/
. We’ve got arts and culture activities, history and heritage, outdoors and nature, sports of all kinds. Sadly many are unaware of this magical place we call home.
KCCI: You are also a member of KCCI’s Advisory Board. What made you stay involved?
BD: The people, the process, the potential not just here in Tallahassee, but taking this program to other States and cities.
KCCI: Who should apply to be a KCCI Community Catalyst?
BD: Anyone who loves our area and wants to be part of making it a better place. You would be surprised how many people are out there just waiting to be shown how they can make a difference.