Working to improve the Quality of Life in Leon County.
2. Long-Term Goals
Council Staff will be vital to restoring credibility and vibrancy
to the organization. For now, in order to update the QOL Report,
temporary staff should be hired to update data. The use of temporary
staff to manage the studies should be considered. Full-time staff
are the eventual goal.
Revenue sources should be identified and recruited to help sponsor
each report and study. Attempts to broaden the revenue base will
Quality of Life Report
As citizens of Leon County, we are
all concerned with the quality of life in our community. The
mission of the 21st Century Council is to bring community partners
together to continue to improve the quality of life for everyone
who lives in Tallahassee-Leon County. The first step is looking
at data on how our community is doing in several important
The Tallahassee-Leon County Quality of Life Report presents data
on 77 indicators of well-being, spanning seven major areas: Families,
Public Safety, Health, Education, Economy, Community and Environment.
The purpose of these indicators is to provide a baseline for identifying
priorities, developing solutions and tracking progress toward a
better life for all members of our community, particularly our
The Quality of Life Report does not evaluate any particular group,
service, or organization in the community. Instead, its purpose
is to assist 21st Century Council members to:
emerging trends and opportunities that can be prioritized and
acted upon by people, organizations and institutions
that can have an impact on quality of life in Tallahassee-Leon
as a catalyst for decision-makers to examine the effectiveness
of strategies and use of resources with an eye toward
citizens of Tallahassee and Leon County and help them monitor
the quality of life indicators in their community
that are important to them.
21st Century Council hopes citizens, organizations and institutions – such
as the United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Leon County Public Schools,
and city and county government – will find that this report
helps them make better policy, program and funding decisions and
assists them in monitoring the success of their efforts.
To facilitate collaboration among community partners, the 21st
Century Council plans to establish committees for each area of
the report: Families, Public Safety, Health, Education, Economy,
Community and Environment. These committees will work with local
organizations to examine trends, identify positive impacts to date,
and target areas where new strategies may need to be developed.
In some cases, a survey or special study may be commissioned to
better understand the problem or inform a course of action.
How to Implement Strategic Plan
Board Membership must be representative of the largest aspects of
our community. This includes:
Floridas Capital Community
City of Tallahassee
Leon County Government
Capital for Learning
Florida State University
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee Community College
Leon County School District
Capital for Living
Board Member Responsibilities: each member should be willing to
focus on advancing a specific work plan issue. There are at least
four standing committees that would help actuate the work plan:
Quality of Life Report:
responsible for data collection and report production.
Study Committee: responsible
for developing list of study topics, selecting topic with Board,
defining questions to be answered in project, data collection,
report production and dissemination.
responsible for assisting in the implementation of recommendations
put forth in Council reports.
responsible for the myriad of other projects including newsletter
publishing, fundraising, and general public relations.