FAQs for Choose Topeka Initiative

Currently 40% of people who work in Topeka do not live in Shawnee 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 quality of life for our citizens.

No! On the contrary, Shawnee County’s population has been remarkably stable for ten years. We weathered the recession in 2008 with limited impact. The population has stayed around 178,000 people since 2 009.

There are over 100,000 jobs in Shawnee County. 38% of all jobs in Northeast Kansas are here!

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.

This is NOT a handout. This IS an employer-led program. It IS a tool designed to help HR professionals attract and recruit talent. If people work in Topeka but live outside the county, area employers are looking to invest their own dollars to encourage them to stop commuting. GO Topeka then matches their investment. This helps employers make Topeka employers more competitive in attracting out-of-state hires. The initiative is also generating interest from employers looking to relocate offices to Topeka.

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 moving 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

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