Representatives from Tallahassee Community College (TCC) visited Quincy’s commission meeting Tuesday evening, July 23rd, to request consideration for the college to locate a TCC campus within city limits. The group is hopeful that they can, if approved, create the campus on city-owned property on King Street at Ward’s Lot. They proposed continuing the green space park area that the community currently uses.
The current TCC facility, Quincy House on South Adams Street, has reached its maximum usable space for the college. “The current facility, though beautiful, is not adequate for all we want to do in Quincy,” said TCC director of facilities Dave Watts. Watts said long-range plans for TCC in Gadsden include working with Workforce Development, increasing academic programs, working with community partners to provide both school space and meeting spaces for organizations.
“We’ve spent two years looking for facilities that are available, accessible, meet transportation needs, and have the ability to expand for what we need. We want a true campus with a true outdoor facility,” said Watts.
Watts said they also want to help the county and its municipalities with economic development initiatives, as well, as he discussed the Ward’s Lot area. “It’s a win-win situation for everyone. We hope we can work with Quincy, the county commission and organizations,” he said.
Quincy mayor Keith Dowdell thanked the group for considering Quincy. “I remember back in the 1990s when we started trying to get businesses to come here. This is another tool that we can use to help us do that,” said Dowdell.
Dowdell and the other commissioners asked the TCC reps to open dialogue with neighbors of the facility’s location to listen to any concerns they may have.
“I very much appreciate TCC House and what you’ve done in Quincy. It’s paid big dividends to the citizens of Gadsden County,” said Andy Gay, who also said that Ward’s Lot provides the only green space in that district. “I want to be sure that the neighbors are comfortable with TCC as a neighbor,” said Gay.
Dowdell asked TCC to hold a town hall meeting with the Quincy commissioners. The matter was tabled until that meeting is held.
Quincy staff said that an expanded TCC campus would be very beneficial to the community. “It will provide the backbone for job training that businesses are seeking in deciding where to locate. Its location at the outskirts of downtown and adjacent to the historic district will help in the revitalization of downtown and bring much-needed businesses to ensure the protection of the cultural and historic importance of Quincy,” states a staff handout.