Outstanding Community Engagement: Capital Area Section
In 2019 the APA Florida Capital Area Section began to explore the local age-friendly communities’ effort and identified a number of initiatives completed or underway. These efforts included the AARP awareness campaign for the Florida Age-Friendly Community (AFC) Network, Age-Friendly initiatives in the Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan, the City of Tallahassee AARP AFC workplan, the designation of Florida State University (FSU) as an AFC Campus, and city age friendly improvement projects including enhancements to the Bond Linear Park, which was partially facilitated by an AARP Challenge Grant.
The section launched an education series to focus on the individual efforts underway and look for connections and collaborative opportunities to expand the age-friendly community concepts within the greater Tallahassee area. An initial meeting was held which drew in participants from local government, the university, non-profits and local expert organizations. Information, in a panel setting, was shared on activities and innovations in planning and outreach. State and local expert panelists, across disciplines, discussed their respective recent experiences and provided age-friendly initiatives examples. AARP staff provided information on its Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, including outreach and resources available to communities. The session provided information to translate age-friendly initiatives into the local comprehensive plan, the FSU campus plan, the Tallahassee AFC workplan, and specific infrastructure projects.