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Welcome Zach Force to the Heartland Visioning Team 


Zach Force

Zach Force joins Heartland Visioning as its summer intern.  He has started working with Executive Director William Beteta and Commucations Coordinator Erin Mohwinkle to develop stronger communication with vision partners, assisting in the efforts of the Capital District Project, and working with community members to create change in our community.


A native Topekan, Force will graduate in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Kansas State.  He plans to go into community development upon graduation.


"I am very excited to see the leadership and culture emerge here and to see the spirit of optimism become contagious," he said.  "I consider myself lucky to be able to take part in the commitment to move our community from a good one to a great one."

First Deadline for Sunflower State Games is Today 

Sunflower State Games


The deadline to register for Adult Basketball, Cycling, Disk Golf, Dodgeball, Horseshoes, Jiu Jitsu, Powerlifting, Rowing, Indoor Soccer, Sand Volleyball and Wrestling is Friday, July 1. The deadline for all other sports is July 8. The 22nd Annual Olympic style sports festival will take place July 8-24 in Topeka. A record 47 sports are being offered for Kansas athletes of all ages and skill levels.


The Sunflower State Games is the largest amateur multi sport festival in Kansas conducted annually since 1990. The event promotes the development of healthy lifestyles and physical fitness for the participants, their families and the community, a great example of supporting quality of life as outlined in the Heartland Visioning Strategic Plan.

The Sunflower State Games is still looking for volunteers and participants. If you are interested email or visit


Fast Forward, Leaders In Our Community  

Fast Forward

Young professionals have become a driving force for change in our community. One of the largest groups leading this charge is Fast Forward, with a membership that has grown to over 400.


This group works to bring young professionals together with other professionals in our community. Their activities consist of educational luncheons, governmental speakers, socials, and volunteering. They also offer an insiders series, in which the members and guests get an inside look at businesses in Topeka. Fast Forward has recently secured the contract to host next years Kansas Young Professionals Summit, April 4 & 5, 2012. They will be looking for sponsorship, speakers and participants. For more information on getting involved visit


Recently Fast Forward hosted its inaugural golf tournament 91 participants and over 20 volunteers. 


Fast Forward Golf Tournament 2011
Fast Forward Golf Tournament 2011
InterCity Visit

2011 Chamber Inter-City Visit Scheduled


Greenville, South Carolina has been chosen as the destination for the 2011 Chamber Inter-City visit. Since 2002, the chamber has sponsored a yearly trip for community members to travel to and learn from what other communities are doing to stay vibrant.


Some of the last visits have been to: Des Moines, Iowa; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the Quad Cities, Iowa & Illinois. Last year the visit to Oklahoma City was well attend with 70 community members, 31 of them being young professionals.

One idea that came from an Inter-City visit was Heartland Visioning.  


Join the group this year and learn about Greenville's amazing growth, downtown development and their efforts to grow the employment base. Click here for more information or to register

Sweet Economic Development Announced 


Mars Announcement

Thursday July 29 Mars Chocolate North America announced plans for making our community the site of their newest manufacturing plant. 


Mike Wittman, vice president of supply at Mars Chocolate North America, said the state-of-the-art $250 million dollar manufacturing Topeka plant would be the company's first new manufacturing facility built in the United States in more than 35 years.  Wittman also stated that the family owned company chose Topeka for its similar values, mainly mutuality and our interest in investing in our downtown.  



The total economic impact projections look to be quite significant :


974 - direct and indirect jobs


$584.4 million - payroll over a 10-year period


$269.7 million - taxable sales and purchases generated from the plant


$31.2 million - revenues to Topeka and Shawnee County over that same 10 year period


$43,000 a year - average wage for jobs at the plant




Mars Comes To Topeka
Mars Comes To Topeka

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Capital District Project
CDP Business Recruitment and Retention Committee will host a social media workshop for local businesses Wednesday July 13, 2011 at 3:00p.m. at The Break Room, 911 S Kansas Ave. For questions contact 785.231.6006.

NOTO will have live music tonight along with the usual first Friday events. For details.

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