The Catalyst Role

Become a Catalyst

Building a stronger community starts with you.

University-Community Connectivity

Nationally renowned public parks, top-notch cuisine, trendy boutiques, historic locales — Tallahassee is brimming with attractions and activities. But some students attending Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College spend four years here unaware of the world outside of campus. Showing our students what Tallahassee has to offer is key to retaining talent, expanding our creative class and spurring the city’s economic vitality.

University-Community Connectivity, KCCI’s project for 2018, will be a bridge between university students and the diverse offerings of our city. But this initiative extends beyond merely showing college-goers what makes Tallahassee great. KCCI Catalysts will work to create a community culture that embraces college students and positions Tallahassee as their home-away-from-home, paving the way for them to build relationships with residents and plant roots here long before they graduate.

The 2018 Catalyst team will review what has been done in similar cities to better unite Tallahassee’s “town and gown,” and also conduct their own investigations to determine what college students look for when deciding to make a city their home. Using their findings as a guide, Catalysts will propose ideas to build University-Community Connectivity; they will then work with community stakeholders to bring one of those ideas to life. Ideas could include initiative like:
  • Implementing an “adopt a college student” program, where local families can serve as mentors for college students
  • Establishing a regular networking dinner event that pairs local professionals with groups of college students who share similar interests or majors  
  • Working with university administration to create a course that engages students more with Tallahassee
  • Developing a road map that partners with local businesses to showcase consumer and career-related offerings
  • Or any other creative idea the catalysts decide to pursue
Click the button below to apply to be a part of the team that will help shape the relationship between the college scene and the greater Tallahassee area.

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Before you begin the application process please consider the following questions as you will not be able to progress unless you have completed all of the questions on the page.


  • What is your most important accomplishment in the community thus far?
  • Why do you want to join KCCI?
  • In your opinion, what are the top three challenges facing the community?
  • Take one of these challenges and explain how you would remedy it in Tallahassee.


You will need to upload a headshot or picture that would be included in KCCI’s membership directory.

All Community Catalysts that are selected for the 2018 team must be able to attend KCCI’s two-day training on Jan. 23 and 24, 2018.

Please keep in mind that no applications received after the 5 p.m. deadline on Nov. 3 will be eligible for consideration for the 2018 Catalyst Class.

Once you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please let us know. In addition, if you have submitted an application and have additional questions, please contact Executive Director Betsy Couch at [email protected].



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