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Site Confirmed for ASTA Innovation Center. $14.5M Development Project Coming to Downtown Topeka

September 3, 2021

One of Topeka’s most iconic retail spaces will soon house portions of the city’s emerging innovation district as high-profile real estate deals close, cementing the long-planned entrepreneurial hub as a reality. Wolfe’s Camera Shop — which closed its 635 South Kansas Avenue storefront in July after 97 years in operation — has been acquired by BioRealty, the firm […]

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Other $14.5M Innovation Center to be Built in Downtown Topeka September 2, 2021 GO Topeka has found a home for its forthcoming innovation campus. The local economic development agency announced Thursday it partnered with BioRealty Inc. to close on multiple properties in downtown Topeka, as part of the multimillion-dollar effort to stand up an innovation campus that will serve as the hub for Topeka’s Plug and Play accelerator program and […] Read More Other Choose Topeka Helps New Resident To Achieve Dream August 23, 2021 TOPEKA (KSNT)- A blooming business owner is planting her roots in the Capital City. Kelsey Gordon moved to Topeka for the affordability, but when she heard about the “Choose Topeka” financial relocation incentive program, it was an offer she couldn’t pass up. Greater Topeka Partnership leaders say Topeka is growing like never before. Big changes […] Read More Press US Census Released – Shawnee County Grows to Historic High Population August 17, 2021 TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Shawnee County is one of 14 Kansas counties that saw a population increase in 2020, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The data shows the county’s population grew to a historic high of 178,909, an increase of 1,000 people in ten years. “We are excited to see our county continue to […] Read More Podcast It’s Your Business Podcast – Manny Herron, Haus Property Partners August 17, 2021 Topekan Manny Herron, who came from humble beginnings, has made a name for himself in the local real-estate world. As a boy, Herron mowed the lawn of a real-estate investor who would eventually become a mentor of sorts, and that relationship sparked his interest in the field. “I remember going from wanting to cut the lawn to wanting to own it,” […] Read More Press Topeka approves incentives for four business attraction and expansion initiatives August 4, 2021 TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Economic leaders improved incentives for four projects they hope will bring dozens of jobs to the Topeka area. The Joint Economic Development Organization board voted to approve the offers at its meeting Wednesday night. All four projects are expansions at existing companies in Shawnee County. Read more here   Read More Press Advisor’s Excel – Named Top 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials by Forbes July 19, 2021 In July 2021 Forbes Magazine names Topeka based Advisor’s Excel as a Top 100 best companies for Millennials Employees say: “This company offers amazing flexibility for families and understanding in difficult life situations; it really feels like you have another family. With great benefits and goals to strive for, I think it makes this company […] Read More Podcast It’s Your Business Podcast – John Brown, StenCo. July 15, 2021 In the latest episode of The Topeka Capital-Journal’s “It’s Your Business” podcast, the show’s hosts talk with a startup founder who has participated in seven different Plug and Play programs. Most recently, he took part in Topeka’s Plug and Play accelerator program, which concluded last month. More:Funding secured for downtown Topeka innovation campus John Brown, owner […] Read More Press Topeka achieves Silver level What Works Cities Certification July 14, 2021 TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The City of Topeka has earned a Silver level What Works Cities Certification for 2021. The City of Topeka says that it is proud to have been recognized again for earning the 2021 What Works Cities Certification, a national standard of excellence in data-driven governance. It said the certification evaluates how […] Read More Press $10 Million Dollar Renovation of Townsite Tower July 10, 2021 TOPEKA (KSNT) – The second-tallest building in Topeka, only behind the Capitol, is getting a makeover. You may have noticed the Townsite Tower is getting a fresh coat of paint. “Frankly we thought the old façade was ugly, it was dirty brown, and we think what we’re doing is better,” said Ken Schmanke, founder of […] Read More Press State of Kansas Commits $214M to Topeka Interstate Improvement July 8, 2021 The state of Kansas will chip in $214 million in funding for an overhaul of Interstate 70’s Polk-Quincy Viaduct, which is scheduled to be completed over the next several years, officials announced Thursday. The move comes as the Kansas Department of Transportation confirms which projects statewide will get support as part of Kansas’ ongoing 10-year infrastructure investment plan, which […] Read More Press Hill’s Pet Nutrition opens Small Paws Innovation Center June 24, 2021 Topeka-based Hill’s Pet Nutrition celebrated an expansion this week that will allow the company to study and meet the specific needs of small dogs and pets. Hill’s and Colgate-Palmolive executives, Gov. Laura Kelly, and other local and state leaders gathered Wednesday afternoon at Hill’s global headquarters in North Topeka to observe the grand opening of the company’s […] Read More Press $20M Construction of New Senior Living Facility Begins June 23, 2021 A nearly $20 million development designed for seniors is coming to southwest Topeka. Executives from a St. Louis-based development firm, alongside city and county officials, broke ground Wednesday morning on a new senior-living community coming to 6732 S.W. 17th St., just west of the Topeka Menards. The community, Cedarhurst of Topeka, is expected to consist of […] Read More