July Visioneer, 2014

Tulsa is InterCity Destination


This year's destination for the InterCity Benchmarking Exchange will be Tulsa, Oklahoma, Wednesday and Thursday, September 24-25.  The group will travel by bus to Tulsa Wednesday morning, have sessions Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, and return by late afternoon on Thursday.

"We anticipate taking a look at their brand new River Walk project, their arts district and entrepreneurship programs, as well as their young professional programs," said Brent Boles, Chamber chair-elect and this year's InterCity chair.  "They have an interesting Boomerang program to attract and retain young professionals and their downtown is experiencing significant construction and revitalization.  Our pre-trip in early June was interesting and the Tulsa Regional Chamber is excited about showing off their community.


Watch for more information in the next several weeks as pricing, sessions and tours are determined! Topeka Chamber members and others in the community involved in the downtown project, riverfront, entrepreneurship, the arts district and more are welcome to participate in this trip. 

The Topeka Chamber has sponsored visits to other communities since 2002 when the group went to Springfield, MO.

For more details about learnings from prior trips, check out the InterCity page on the Chamber's website, www.topekachamber.org.  

25th annual Sunflower State Games Looking for Volunteers

Every year the Sunflower State Games brings thousands of athletes to Topeka to compete in an Olympic style sports festival. Last year participation was a record high with 9,111 athletes competing in 46 sports! Many of the athletes attend from other communities, this is a huge boom to Topeka


This event is currently looking for volunteers to help make the Sunflower State Game's 25th anniversary a success. They would help events run smoothly by checking in athletes, keeping time and score, traffic control, pre-event preparation and much more. All volunteers receive a commemorative t-shirt.


This is a great opportunity to volunteer with others from your workplace, church, civic and social groups. Your help will be greatly appreciated! Get involved with this silver jubilee today!




July First Friday Art Walk Moved to the 11th

Because this first Friday lands on the Fourth of July ArtsConnect has chosen not to interfere with the celebrations planned around the community. The monthly artwalk is postponed to July 11th.

They wish every one a happy and safe Fourth of July and look forward to seeing everyone out on the 11th.

Get involved in the Shawnee County Community Garden Network 

The K-State Research and Extension-Shawnee County and Topeka Common Ground hosted a garden networking meeting on March 15, to gauge interest in forming and recruiting interested parties into an organized community garden network.

The number of school and community gardens has increased, but no organized network exists, although the number of requests is overwhelming. 

By the end of the meeting, attendees of the meeting agreed to organize into a network to accomplish several goals. Among them included surveying and developing a map of all community gardens, recruit more members and increase public awareness, and support expanding community gardens in schools and the community.

The network has applied for and received a grant from the Center for Engagement and Community Development at Kansas State University that will be used to train new community garden volunteers. If you are interested in joining the new community garden network, contact Lisa Martin or Jamie Hancock at 785.232.0062, or visit http://topekagardens.com/

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