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Topeka, KS Consultant Connect, a leading international resource for economic developers and location consultants, has named GO Topeka president Molly Howey one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers.

Consultant Connect announced its 2022 class of leading economic developers via social media Tuesday, with GO Topeka’s Howey making the coveted list. According to its website, Consultant Connect each year asks its robust site-selector and economic-development communities to nominate individuals worthy of being named a “Top 50 Economic Developer.” The latest list represents economic developers from a variety of backgrounds, who are united in their vast expertise and leadership abilities.

“Releasing the Top 50 list is one of Consultant Connect’s favorite times of the year because we are so passionate about recognizing economic development leaders’ transformative work,” said Carla Sones, managing director of Consultant Connect. “This year’s group faced hurdles unlike any other Top 50 group has seen over the past year, and we are honored to provide a platform for them to be recognized for the passionate commitment they’ve made to their communities.”

“It has been an honor to work with Molly over the years, and I can’t think of someone more deserving of this recognition,” said Matt Pivarnik, CEO of the Greater Topeka Partnership. “I truly believe our GO Topeka team and community at large are better off because of Molly’s leadership in the eco-devo space, and because of her willingness to pursue new partnerships and ideas. It is so cool to see that her peers recognize this, too! Thank you, Molly. And congratulations.”

“This is an incredible honor,” Howey said. “Those who know me well know I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I’m extremely grateful for this recognition and proud to be in the good company of 49 other phenomenal movers and shakers who are making a difference in the economic-development world.”

Consultant Connect plans to honor this year’s Top 50 Economic Developers during its 2022 ECONOMIX conference, which is scheduled for Dec. 6-8 in Columbus, Ohio.