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Topeka News

Listen, then follow through. New innovation leader focuses on Topeka’s entrepreneurial systems

A new innovation center and, down the road, a science and technology park are some of the big items on the list of Greater Topeka Partnership’s new innovation leader Katrin Holzhaus. As the senior vice president of innovation for GTP and 712 Innovations, Holzhaus is focused on building an entrepreneurial ecosystem for the capital city. Read More


This could be Topeka’s next big growth industry

Topeka sits in the middle of a corridor lined with more than 300 animal health companies stretching from Columbia, Mo., to Manhattan, and local leaders are increasingly looking to growth in that sector as part of Topeka’s future. GO Topeka has identified biosciences, along with the financial service and technology sector, as target industries for growth, said Molly Howey, senior vice president of economic development. The GTP also regularly engages with the KC Animal Health Corridor to participate in marketing efforts, Howey said. Read More


Mayors’ Institute aids city of Topeka with riverfront development

Topeka was among eight cities selected to receive tools and support from the institute, identified on its website as a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Read More


Over 40 girls sign up for Cub Scouts in Shawnee County

The Topeka Boy Scouts of America said more than 40 girls applied as Scouts in Shawnee County. They also said Shawnee County had the most applications this year, while Emporia had the lowest. Read More


‘Bookmobile’ expands library’s reach across county

The library’s bookmobile has all the makings of a library including books, magazines, CDs and even two checkout counters. The only difference is that the bookmobile has wheels. There are two of the mobile libraries that make 20 stops throughout Shawnee County.  Read More


Camp Cowabunga opens Friday at Topeka Zoo

The new Camp Cowabunga exhibit opens Friday at the Topeka Zoo. Along with the animals, the exhibit includes interactive activities that teach visitors about the animals and the places that they come from. Camp Cowabunga also includes a wide range of artifacts collected by the zoo’s first director during his 140 safaris in Africa. Read More


Farley shares vision for Washburn’s mission, growth

Now in his 22nd year as president of Washburn University, Jerry Farley has his eyes on the present with a vision of the future. He shared his overview of what is happening today at Washburn and projects planned for the future during his annual State of the University address Tuesday afternoon in the university’s Memorial Union. Read More


‘Real and applicable’: TCALC teaches relevant business, career skills

The Topeka Unified School District 501′s board of education and administration introduced the media to their newest campus on Tuesday night. TCALC is a partnership with all TPS high schools and local businesses. Juniors and seniors in the program will spend half the day at their school and the other half working in their chosen career pathways. Once they’re finished with the program, they will leave with industry credentials and college credits. Read More


‘Determined’: Topekan to participate in 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi

Since Aaron Gudenkauf was 10 years old, he has been a part of the Topeka Shawnee Special Olympics team. In March, he will travel thousands of miles away to Abu Dhabi to compete in the Special Olympics World Games. In Abu Dhabi, Aaron Gudenkauf will compete in golf with his coach Mitchell Hinrichs. Read More


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Topeka Metro Long Range Transit Plan – Take the Survey
Deadline is Sunday, September 30, 2018
– Purpose of the plan is to identify, analyze, and prioritize a set of transit improvements that can be made to enhance the existing and future Topeka Metro bus system.