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Wall Street Journal: Remote Workers Can Live Anywhere. These Cities (and Small Towns) Are Luring Them With Perks.

October 9, 2021

Shara Gaona didn’t know much about Topeka when the pandemic struck. But the remote-working United Airlines analyst, untethered from her Chicago office, decided to move to the Kansas capital and collect $10,000 in local government incentives. Topeka is on a growing list of locations—from Bemidji, Minn., to the state of West Virginia – dangling incentives […]

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General News Releases 2021 Women of Influence Honorees Announced October 6, 2021 Topeka, Kan., October 6, 2021– Several local women will be honored at the Seventh Annual Women of Influence Awards on October 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. This event is hosted by GO Topeka and the Women’s Initiative Committee. Click here to register for the 2021 Women of Influence Awards.   Award Honorees:  Woman of Influence Honorees – Melissa Brunner, WIBW, […] Read More Press Plug and Play selects KC startup for Topeka accelerator October 1, 2021 Plug and Play Topeka is back, Lindsay Lebahn said, announcing the accelerator program’s second cohort of startups — including a surging Kansas City company — and revealing ways the effort has redefined the definition of entrepreneurship in the Sunflower State’s epicenter. “Realistic expectations of Topeka have changed,” explained Lebahn, program manager and a key player […] Read More Podcast It’s Your Business Podcast – Caitlyn Halsey, Dialogue Coffee House September 27, 2021 At Dialogue Coffee House in Topeka, inclusion matters. Caitlyn Halsey, owner of the business, opened the shop in spring of 2019 with the intention of employing adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The business model stuck, and two years later — despite opening less than a year before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Topeka — Dialogue Coffee […] Read More Press Forbe’s Magazine Profiles Topeka: Move To One Of These Towns September 24, 2021 Set in Shawnee County, Kansas, Topeka is a small town with great food, a rich art scene, gorgeous parks—basically everything you need for a dream life. With the new Choose Topeka Relocation Initiative, you can get up to $15,000 to rent or buy a home there. In addition, Choose Topeka has partnered with Airbnb to provide potential new […] Read More Press 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 […] Read More Press $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 Press 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