Who is Choose Tallahassee?

Choose Tallahassee was organized by a group of community volunteers who felt that our wonderful community had much to offer to relocating retirees – mild climate, high quality of health care, affordable cost of living, countless learning opportunities (through FSU, FAMU and TCC) and abundant recreational offerings (sports, arts, outdoors and more). We felt that these individuals and families could also be a major contributor to the economic growth of our area and, perhaps more importantly, could, through their volunteer efforts, make our communities more exciting and caring places to live. Our initiative quickly gained support from a large number of our community organizations and individual community leaders. The Choose Tallahassee Action Team (CTAT) is made up of a group of over 60 local volunteers representing a large variety of local businesses, government entities and agencies with the same goal of promoting Tallahassee as one of the country’s best retirement destinations. Represented entities include but are not limited to:

  • Capital Health Plan
  • Council on Culture and Arts
  • Capital Region YMCA
  • Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
  • City of Tallahassee
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida State University
  • Florida State University College of Medicine and School of Theater
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
  • Military Officers Association
  • Tallahasee Board of Realtors
  • Rowland Publishing
  • Temple Israel
  • Seminole Boosters
  • Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation

Within this group of volunteers, an Executive Committee consists of:

  • Community Relations Co-Chairs: Dave Bruns, Communications Manager – AARP Florida; Marjorie Turnbull, former Florida House Representative and Executive Director – Tallahassee Community College Foundation
  • Finance Committee Chair: Ron Sachs, CEO and President – Sachs Media Group
  • Promotions Committee Chair: Samantha Strickland, CEO – The Pod Advertising
  • Website Committee Chair: Rick Oppenheim, CEO and Senior Counselor – RB Oppenheim Associates
  • Red Carpet Committee Chair: Sheila Salyer, Manager of Tallahassee Senior Services – Tallahassee Senior Center
  • Contest Committee Co-Chairs: Bill and Cathy Campbell, 2014 winners of  Choose Tallahassee’s “Home Free” contest

The Choose Tallahassee Red Carpet Committee:

The Red Carpet Team is here to welcome you to Tallahassee and available should you want more personalized information about our community. We are happy to be your first point of contact to Choose Tallahassee. Resident Hosts are available to talk with you by phone or meet with you when you visit to connect you with areas of interest or necessary information.

Whether you’re new to Tallahassee or newly retired – we want to help you reimagine your life. Welcome Receptions will be hosted quarterly at the Tallahassee Senior Center. The current schedule will be available at talgov.com/seniors.

To request a Host call Sheila Salyer at 850-891-4001 or e-mail Sheila.salyer@talgov.com.

Red Carpet Committee

The Red Carpet Team is here to welcome you to Tallahassee and available should you want more personalized information about our community. We are happy to be your first point of contact to Choose Tallahassee. Resident Hosts are available to talk with you by phone or meet with you when you visit to connect you with areas of interest or necessary information.

Whether you’re new to Tallahassee or newly retired – we want to help you reimagine your life. Welcome Receptions will be hosted quarterly at the Tallahassee Senior Center. The current schedule will be available at talgov.com/seniors.

To request a Host call Sheila Salyer at 850-891-4001 or e-mail Sheila.salyer@talgov.com.

Tours in Tallahassee

Take a sightseeing tour of Tallahassee on a speedy eco-friendly car nicknamed “Wilma” with a guide knowledgeable about all there is to see in town. The narrated tour includes the Capitol complex, museums, Governor’s mansion, the universities and many other fascinating sites. Tours to coastal areas are also available. To make a reservation call Tours in Tallahassee at (850) 212-2063 or visit www.ToursinTallahassee.com.