Catalyst Interview Series: Bryan Desloge

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?

BD: 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 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.