FAQs for Choose Topeka Initiative
The Choose Topeka relocation incentive is designed to attract on site and remote workers to Shawnee County. Up to 60 candidates will be selected a year. The on site incentive is funded in part through employer matching funds. Not all employers in Shawnee County participate in the incentive.
Those interested in remote incentives may apply directly. Interested applicants will need to provide proof of employer consent during the screening process.
Please check with your employer to see if your position is one that they would submit for consideration.
The remote worker option is for applicants not currently residing in Topeka or Shawnee County. The incentive is available to those working for employers outside of Shawnee County in a full time remote capacity. Remote workers who are selected to interview for an incentive will be contacted and screened virtually. After the interview, all applicants will be notified if they were accepted as a candidate into the program or not. To confirm your initial application is received, you will receive an email reply acknowledging receipt of your submission.
In regard to self employment, we review each application along with verified supporting documentation. After your application submission on the site, you will receive a communication regarding those documents requested, and you may submit the same to provide verification of your self employment for consideration and review by our committee. If accepted to next steps, we will be in touch for next steps in the process.
Shawnee County’s population has been stable for 20 years. Our current population is 177,000, +4% since 2000.
There are over 100,000 jobs in Shawnee County. 38% of all jobs in Northeast Kansas are here!
Currently 40% of people who work in Topeka do not live in Shawnee County. We want to compete to get those employees back inside our community to support our tax base, our schools, and to allow the city to have more resources to improve quality of life for our citizens.
We are offering this program because we feel so confident in our community, and are proud of what we have accomplished as a city. We believe that if a person lives in Topeka for a year, they will fall in love with this region and choose to build their life here.
Some people are hearing from local Topekans who are frustrated that there are not funds available to them. This touches on broader issues of economic equity that is a much larger question. As an organization we are looking at those challenges as well.
We absolutely understand the concern from those who have already chosen to make their life in Topeka. GO Topeka and the Greater Topeka Partnership are actively engaged with community leaders on programs that will enhance and improve opportunities for all in Shawnee County.
This program is employer led and part employer funded initiative. It was designed to meet a real need businesses have in our community to compete for talent. GO Topeka believes in the value of matching their investment in order to give employers a more powerful tool to attract top talent. Currently 40% of people who work in Topeka do not live in our county. We need to compete to get those employees back inside our community to support our tax base, our schools, and to allow the city to have more resources to improve our quality of life.
Please remember this is just a small test program to understand interest and impact. We will evaluate it’s future after we review the results.
This a relocation incentive program partnering with local employers. There is not an immigration component to it. Candidates do need to be eligible to work in the U.S. For immigration information, the Immigration Advocates Network provides the following list of providers in Kansas who do assist with immigration issues https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/search?state=KS