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TOPEKA CHAMBER REVAMPS LEGISLATIVE SERIES FOR 2024, HOLDING PREMIER LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON FRIDAY WITH KEY DECISION MAKERS

The Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a premier Legislative Luncheon being held Friday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cyrus Hotel Ballroom in downtown Topeka. Those interested in public policy and elections, and the impact they have in our community and region, are invited to attend. The distinguished event promises to be an exceptional opportunity for engagement and dialogue with prominent speakers, all of whom serve as elected officials at the state and federal levels. The Topeka Chamber’s inaugural Legislative Luncheon of 2024 will feature esteemed guests, including U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall and Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab. Attendees will also

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FORGE YOUNG TALENT ANNOUNCES NEW TOPEKA FLAG LICENSE PLATE

Forge Young Talent is thrilled to announce the release of new license plates featuring the Topeka flag, that are now available for purchase across the state of Kansas through your local county tag office. The distinctive license plates, adorned with the design of Topeka’s new city flag adopted in 2019, provide an opportunity for residents to showcase their pride in the capital city. “We are so proud to see this new license plate become available,” said Rhett Flood, Forge executive director. “Forge Young Talent worked hard with community leaders to bring the new city flag to life five years ago. Today, we’re unveiling another way to proudly display that design.

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Plug and Play Topeka announces latest cohort of participating startups!

Following an in-person pitch event at Plug and Play Headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA, Plug and Play Topeka has announced the 16 Animal Health startups and 11 Agtech startups that were selected for the newest batches of the Animal Health and Agtech accelerator programs. The program aims to foster innovation within those two industries, both of which have a significant impact on the region. The chosen startups will participate in a series of business development webinars, mentor sessions with industry experts, and projects with the programs’ corporate partners(many of which have bases in the Midwest). This year’s cohort comprises companies from 10 different countries—and 10 different states within the United States.

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Topeka Youth Commission, Topeka Community Foundation award grants to fund local youth-led projects

With assistance from the Topeka Community Foundation, the Topeka Youth Commission is excited to announce its latest recipients of Stay785, an annual grant program created to fund community projects designed and directed by youths in the Topeka and Shawnee County area.   For its 2023-2024 term, Stay785 will fund three local youth-led projects with partnering organizations. This year’s awards, totaling $10,000, were determined by members of the Topeka Youth Commission, based on the quality and strength of each project presented. Awardees include the following: Naledi Mackenzie, receiving $7,400 for The Blessing Bee Project. Jaiden Wen, receiving $2,000 for his Mosaic Horse Project. Allie Sexton, receiving $600 for her Math Competition

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GREATER TOPEKA PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCES 2024 RECIPIENTS OF PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL MEETING AWARDS

The Greater Topeka Partnership is proud to announce recipients of its 2024 Annual Meeting Awards, recognizing outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the community. The awards will be presented at The Partnership’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 4, at West Ridge Mall. The Partnership’s highest honor, The Wolgast Award, is named after former Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast. The recipient each year is selected by the chair of the GTP Chairs Council, The Partnership’s board of directors. The 2024 Wolgast Award will be presented to Seth Wagoner, chair of Downtown Topeka’s Clean & Safe Task Force, for his tireless efforts to improve the downtown core, benefiting visitors, residents, and

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RIVERFRONT ADVISORY COUNCIL ANNOUNCES FIRST-ROUND SURVEY RESULTS INFORMING TOPEKA’S RIVERFRONT ACTIVATION PLAN

The Topeka Riverfront Advisory Council is pleased to announce its first community survey informing the Topeka Riverfront Activation Plan is now complete, garnering close to 1,500 submissions that provided input on riverfront perceptions, as well as activities and amenities community members would like to see as property is developed along the stretch of Kansas River running through Shawnee County.   The survey, which remained open Dec. 14 through Jan. 12, was promoted on social media, posted to the project website MyTopekaRiverfront.com, and sent to all email and text message subscribers, collecting feedback from 1,489 respondents. Of those, 74% agree the river is an untapped resource, 57% think the river is

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GREATER TOPEKA PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCES 2024 LEADERSHIP

Welcoming a new chair and chair-elect, the Greater Topeka Partnership is pleased to announce its distinguished leadership team for 2024.   Dr. Shekhar Challa, an accomplished doctor and co-founder of Kansas Medical Clinic, has assumed the pivotal role of Greater Topeka Partnership Chair, bringing with him a wealth of experience and a commitment to advancing the region’s prosperity. Joining Dr. Challa in a key leadership position is Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek, President of Washburn University, who has stepped into the role of Chair-Elect. Alongside Immediate Past-Chair John Dicus, CEO of Capitol Federal, their combined expertise and dedication to serving the community are set to steer The Partnership toward strategic initiatives that

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FORGE YOUNG TALENT ORGANIZES STATE’S 2ND ANNUAL YP DAY AT THE CAPITOL, SEES SUCCESS IN ALIGNMENT WITH FIRST OFFICIAL KANSAS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS DAY

Forge Young Talent, a leading organization in the region for empowering and connecting young professionals, proudly hosted its 2nd annual Kansas Young Professionals Day at the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 5. The milestone event brought together nearly 100 young professionals from various communities across Kansas and coincided with the state’s 2024 recognition of Feb. 5 as Kansas Young Professionals Day.   Attendees from Topeka were joined by participants from such communities as Manhattan, Salina and Wichita, with groups across the state invited to take part. The event included programming and networking and provided a platform for young professionals to engage with elected officials at the Statehouse, ensuring their voices were

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GREATER TOPEKA PARTNERSHIP, LINCOLN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCE TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR COLLABORATIVE 2024 INTERCITY VISIT TO BOISE 

The Greater Topeka Partnership and Lincoln Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce tickets are now on sale for the communities’ collaborative intercity visit to Boise, Idaho, coming up July 16-19, 2024.    The unique trip—a joint effort that aims to unite community leaders and passionate stakeholders from both cities—promises to foster a spirit of partnership and collaboration, as attendees learn from the vibrant, forward-thinking Boise. The intercity visit will provide participants with special networking opportunities, thoughtful programming, insightful discussions, and a chance to explore Boise’s thriving community core.    “We are thrilled to embark on this intercity visit, alongside our counterparts in Lincoln,” said Matt Pivarnik, CEO of the

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GREATER TOPEKA PARTNERSHIP PRESENTS ‘TOTALLY TOPEKA’ ANNUAL MEETING CELEBRATION, FEATURING 1980’S POP ICON TIFFANY!

The Greater Topeka Partnership is excited to announce its 2024 Annual Meeting, themed “Totally Topeka,” is scheduled for Thursday, April 4. This year’s event will take place at West Ridge Mall, offering a memorable celebration of Topeka’s past and future.   The 80’s themed experience promises a bit of nostalgia, alongside exceptional food, entertainment, and programming. Taking the event to new heights this year, The Partnership proudly announces 1980’s pop superstar Tiffany as the event’s musical guest. Tiffany, known for her Billboard No. 1 hit “I Think We’re Alone Now,” will take attendees on a trip down memory lane with her iconic mall-era tunes.   “We couldn’t be prouder to

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FORGE YOUNG TALENT HONORS INAUGURAL RECIPIENTS OF ITS FORGE YP AWARDS, CELEBRATES SUCCESS OF 25TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

Forge Young Talent, Topeka’s premier young professional’s group, is pleased to honor the four inaugural recipients of its Forge YP Awards. The awardees were recognized on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Forge’s 25th Anniversary Gala held at the Topeka Zoo’s Kay McFarland Japanese Garden and Venue. The gala, a first-time event that saw more than 100 attendees, served as a celebration of Forge turning 25 and allowed young professionals from across Topeka to come together for an evening of connection, recognition, and fun.   “I believe Topeka is home to some of the hardest working, most innovative, and supportive young professionals—not only in Kansas, but in the region and the U.S.—and

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Leadership Greater topeka class of 2024 announced

Founded in 1984, Leadership Greater Topeka, a Greater Topeka Partnership program, identifies aspiring and established leadership from the community to participate in a competitive annual leadership training course.   Class members attend a retreat and nine day-long sessions that begin in January and continue through May. During these classes, participants will increase their capacity to lead as they learn about challenges facing Topeka and Shawnee County and how they can work to influence important community issues.   The class of 2024 was selected from more than 160 nominations. Congratulations to the following:   Alex Adame-Bipes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professional FHLBank Topeka Nadia Arbelo Interim Regional Director Kansas SBDC @

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TOPEKA PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHES KANSAS RIVERFRONT ACTIVATION PLAN, LOOKS TO ENGAGE COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT project TIMELINE

The Greater Topeka Partnership, under the direction of the Topeka Riverfront Advisory Council, is pleased to launch the Topeka Riverfront Activation Plan project. Riverfront activation is a key initiative of Topeka and Shawnee County’s latest community strategy, Momentum 2027.   The Topeka Riverfront Activation Plan will review existing conditions around the riverfront, develop innovative concepts, and create an implementable activation plan that will enhance the region’s core through diversified live-work-play environments, connected community spaces, and improved quality of place. The goal of this river master plan is to establish the riverfront as a vibrant district that supports growth and economic development, connections to nature, recreation, and reinvestment in surrounding neighborhoods.

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GO TOPEKA ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2023 EQUITY & OPPORTUNITY BUSINESS PITCH COMPETITION

Topeka, KS — The Greater Topeka Partnership and GO Topeka are excited to announce four winners were selected from participants of the 2023 Equity and Opportunity Pitch Competition held Thursday evening in downtown Topeka. The pitch contest offered a chance for aspiring entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups to present their innovative ideas to some of the area’s business decision makers, competing for a portion of the $38,000 prize pool.   Eleven entrepreneurs and new business owners participated in Thursday’s pitch contest. Taking home first place was Chef Lamona Scroggins, who pitched her frozen gumbo product that will soon be offered in local grocery stores. Chef Lamona is well known for her

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Fusion Network

GREATER TOPEKA PARTNERSHIP OFFICE OF EQUITY & OPPORTUNITY LAUNCHES NEW ‘FUSION NETWORK’ SERIES TO DIVERSIFY COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING AND NETWORKING   Topeka, KS — The Greater Topeka Partnership’s office of equity and opportunity is excited to announce the launch this week of a new programming series designed to highlight and grow the diversity of experiences in our area’s business community. Dubbed “The Fusion Network,” this new series will feature themed networking events that honor the success, contributions and innovations of diverse local businesses and business owners. The Fusion Network will also grow to include training sessions, pitch competitions, and other offerings that create opportunities to build equity in business.   The

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Topeka Flag License Plate

Topeka, KS — The Greater Topeka Partnership and Forge Young Talent are excited to announce the next steps in their collaborative effort to offer Topeka-area residents a new opportunity to showcase their community pride. Starting in 2024, specially designed Topeka flag license plates approved by the State of Kansas will be available for purchase when people renew their vehicle registrations, allowing those with Topeka ties to display their capital city pride wherever they drive. Area residents eager to secure their Topeka flag license plates can take the first step by expressing their interest via an online form available at TopekaFlagPlate.com. At least 250 signatures will need to be collected in

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