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Home to the state capital, major universities and close to 200,000 residents, Tallahassee is situated in the Panhandle area of Florida and located just 25 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and 14 miles south of Georgia. There are four major highways leading in and out of Tallahassee, including I-10, US 27, US 319 and US 90, and the city boasts the Tallahassee Regional Airport with major airline carriers, a private charter airport, and many rental car companies, taxis, shuttles, limo and bus services, creating an ease of transportation around the city to the approximately 6,000 hotel rooms and 400,000 square feet of meeting space for visitors.
The Nature Conservancy considers the Tallahassee region to be one of “America’s Last Great Places,” given the mixture of unique, outdoor experiences and recreational venues and with the city’s location nestled in the Red Hills bio-region of the Florida Panhandle. Canopy roads, nine of them covering 78 miles, were originally old Indian trails and are now lined with huge, moss-draped live oaks. Of the 497 verified species of birds that reside in or visit Florida, 372 species can be seen in Tallahassee, and the most recent bones found in Wakulla Springs – one of the world’s deepest fresh water springs – can be seen in the form of Herman, a 12,000-18,000 year-old mastodon, who keeps watch over the exhibits in the Museum of Florida History. In his prime, Herman weighed more than five tons.
Several colleges and universities are located in Tallahassee, including the most notable Florida State University and the great tradition of Seminoles athletics, and one of the nation’s largest historically black universities in Florida Agricultural Mechanical University (FAMU). On Florida State’s campus sits the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the largest and highest-powered magnet laboratory in the world, boasting equipment that produces a magnetic field one million times stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field. At FAMU, a plantation belt created in the early and mid-1800s still lives on as the largest collection of antebellum plantations in the country – 71 plantations and 300,000 acres – exists between Tallahassee and Thomasville, Georgia.
Approximately 30 minutes from Tallahassee is the historic Thomasville, Georgia, and the Thomasville downtown area offering visitors several options in charming retail shops, antiques and restaurants. Thomasville was designated a “Great American Main Street City” in 1998 and in 1999 was named one of a dozen top places to visit in the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Thomasville is also unique in that it has not only preserved many of its original downtown buildings, but many of its original downtown businesses, as well. Downtown also features restored Victorian storefronts and brick-paved streets that lend an old-world feel to the shopping district, which draws consumers from throughout south Georgia and across Florida, as well as visitors from around the country.
Tallahassee is a regional center for trade and agriculture and boasts one of the fastest growing manufacturing and high tech economies in Florida. The economic development and rapid growth of Tallahassee continues to make the city a center for business and industries to thrive. Tallahassee is a great place to do business, and to work and enjoy.
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