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Jessyca Moreno

Manager of Downtown Topeka Inc & River Strategies

Jessyca Moreno is more than just a professional; she’s a dedicated advocate for the community she proudly calls home. As an immigrant, Jessyca has faced and conquered challenges with unwavering determination, paving the way for a brighter future through hard work and resilience. Her commitment to Topeka goes beyond words; it’s a passion deeply rooted in her personal journey.

Currently serving as the Manager of Downtown and River Strategies, Jessyca is at the forefront of transformative conversations and initiatives. Her role allows her to actively contribute to the development and realization of positive changes in Downtown and along the river, making Topeka a more vibrant and prosperous place for everyone to live, work, and thrive.

Family is the heartbeat of Jessyca’s life, and she recognizes the invaluable support and sacrifices that have propelled her forward. Her belief in continuous learning and growth is not just a personal mantra but a guiding principle in her approach to fostering positive change. Jessyca is not just a professional; she is a catalyst for inspiration and a driving force for the betterment of the community she loves.

In Jessyca’s eyes, Topeka is not just a location; it’s a canvas for collective growth, and she is painting a picture of progress, inclusion, and prosperity for all. Her story is a testament to the power of resilience, the importance of community, and the limitless potential that lies within each person willing to contribute to positive change.

What inspired you to work in the field of community economic development?

Knowing that I have family who do want to live here and knowing my younger generations cousins are finding jobs elsewhere. I wanted to be a source of information to help them and others to thrive here in their hometown rather than moving somewhere else.

How does your role contribute to the organization's efforts to improve the local economy?
My role would bring more businesses and attractions to downtown, exposing our current and newly integrated business more customers and tourism. Being bilingual, I feel I have more of an opportunity to reach Spanish speakers entrepreneurs or people wanting to collaborate or be part of the change.
Can you share a success story or project you've worked on that has had a significant impact on the local community's economic development?
Through volunteering and partaking in citizens academies, I’ve been able to work with communities to identify issues and goals, as they see them, and to facilitate the development of collective resolutions or strategies by providing any resources that I can.

Jessyca loves traveling and exploring. It is on her bucket list to visit all the National Parks and so far she has been to 23 out of the 63.

Evergy Plaza

Evergy Plaza isn’t just a place for Jessyca Moreno; it’s a dynamic hub pulsating with life and connection in the heart of Topeka. This vibrant space isn’t confined to a single purpose—it’s a kaleidoscope of experiences waiting to be explored.

For families seeking quality time, Evergy Plaza is a treasure trove of activities. Whether it’s enjoying a movie under the stars, grooving to live music, or immersing in the rich tapestry of cultural events, there’s an event for every season. The plaza transforms, offering a diverse range of experiences that cater to the eclectic tastes of Topeka’s community.

But it’s not just about the events; Evergy Plaza is a social nexus where people from all walks of life converge. It’s a place to share laughs, create memories, and strengthen the bonds of community. From family-friendly outings to laid-back evenings with a couple of beers, the plaza accommodates every mood and preference.

Jessyca’s love for Evergy Plaza isn’t just about the physical space; it’s about the energy it exudes. It’s a testament to Topeka’s spirit—dynamic, inclusive, and ever-evolving. Evergy Plaza isn’t just a venue; it’s a living, breathing testament to the city’s commitment to providing a space where everyone can find their slice of joy, year-round.