September Visioneer, 2014

Launching in 2015: Topeka Metro Bikes


The wheels are turning for Topeka Metro to launch the city's bike sharing program next spring. One hundred bicycles in more than a dozen stations will be available for residents and visitors to check out.


Metro envisions the bikes being used for leisure trips as well as utility trips - quick errands, and commutes to school or work. Bikeshare users in other cities have found that membership is convenient because it costs less than owning, maintaining, and storing a personal bike.


Metro is working with Social Bicycles (SoBi) to launch the system. SoBi's innovative approach to bike sharing provides for flexible, bike-based networks. The technology for checking out the bikes is contained on each bike.


For more information, and to sign up for updates, click here.

Heartland Visioning Continues to add Volunteers, Launches new website

We have analyzed the data from our community meetings held last fall and established our 2014- 2016 community priorities: Community Pride and Service, Dynamic Core, Parks and Recreation, Entertainment, and Transportation.  In April of 2014 Heartland Visioning added 30 new members to our volunteer Steering Committee and this summer we have brought about 20 more volunteers around the tables of our priority groups.


Heartland Visioning strives to establish public/private partnerships, form collaborations with various organizations and focus our attention on economic and quality of life issues for our community. Our mission statement still stands as; The Greater Topeka Region will be a growing, dynamic and trusting community with a superior quality of life. Topeka is changing in so many positive ways as the results of our efforts which began in 2008. 

John Hunter, Executive Director and Emma Starkey, Communications Coordinator, are working closely with our volunteers on leadership directives focused on our priorities.Through our  NEW website and the active presence of Heartland Visioning social media outreach, we are communicating with our community, keeping them informed of Heartland Visioning's activities.


Downtown Topeka Inc. Turns 50!


October, 1964 was the start of a new organization in Topeka focused on downtown interests and representation. Many businesses of founding members still exist and are actively involved in Downtown Topeka, Inc.

Downtown Topeka Inc. is excited to explore the past 50 years, visit where we are today and embrace the future of our redeveloped city core. Join us for an entertaining and insightful evening!

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 6:30pm
Ramada Inn - Regency Ballroom
(Business attire suggested)

Special Guest:  Greg Tehven, Community Builder and Entrepreneur from Fargo, North Dakota, will bring an inspiring message and challenge us to build our city from within our local talent and resources. Greg left Fargo in his early years, only to discover a desire to return and make a difference in his community.

Tickets:  (Tables seat 8)
General Gala Ticket - $50 (includes Gala dinner for DTI members and guests)
Fast Forward Gala Ticket - $45 (Discounted price offered to Fast Forward Members includes Gala dinner for one Fast Forward member, 1 add'l guest can be purchased at that price)
Student Ticket - $45 (Discounted price offered to Washburn University students / High School Grades 11 &  12 includes Gala dinner for student, 2 add'l guests can be purchased at that price) 

Nominations Closing soon for the CRC Awards of Excellence


Daily in Shawnee County, our local government, businesses, non-profits and individuals take tremendous steps to improve our quality of life, be a steward of the environment, and increase the ability to sustain a successful community for future generations. 


Community Resources Council's Awards of Excellence honors an individual, non-profit, government agency and business that is or has made a difference to the quality of life in Shawnee County. This work may include societal or civic issues, health or environmental concerns, arts and humanities, philanthropic activities, employee programs or community service. These awards present an opportunity to recognize those in our community making Shawnee County a great place to call home. 


Here is your chance to nominate those making a difference in Shawnee County. Previous recipients are eligible for nomination.  Deadline: September 15  -  Click Here to Nominate



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