Molly Howey

President, GO Topeka

Molly Howey is a respected leader in economic development as the President of GO Topeka, Shawnee County’s economic development organization. With over a decade of experience marketing the capital city to companies looking to expand or relocate, Howey has worked with many high-profile companies such as Walmart Distribution Center and Frito Lay. In recognition of her achievements, she has received several accolades, including being named one of Ingram’s Top 50 Kansans You Should Know and one of Consultant Connect’s Top 50 Economic Developers in North America. In her downtime, Howey enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, camping at lakes across the region, and enjoying live music of all genres.

In your opinion, what are some of the most important factors in building a strong and sustainable local economy?
Focusing on diversity in all uses of the word. Diversity of industry development, diversity of geographic focus throughout the community and diversity of people in conversations. We can only get better by improving all areas with all perspectives in mind.
What's the most interesting thing you've learned about the local economy since joining the organization?
I joined GO Topeka in 2011 and a lot has changed! I have learned that our community is resilient and passionate. When we come together around a common goal, nothing can stop us!
If you could magically improve one aspect of the local economy overnight, what would it be and why?
I would create some way for people to be better informed about all the great events and opportunities we have in our community.

Molly has a soft spot for cows and often jokes about convincing her husband to let her have one as a pet.


Molly is drawn to Downtown Topeka’s dynamic atmosphere and diverse range of entertainment options. From live music venues to unique dining experiences, Downtown Topeka has something to offer for everyone. Molly loves spending time exploring the area and discovering new hotspots, whether it’s catching a show at the Topeka Performing Arts Center or grabbing a drink at one of the many trendy bars. Downtown Topeka has truly become a hub of activity, and Molly is proud to call it her city’s center.