October Visioneer, 2014

712 Innovations - coming soon to Downtown Topeka


712 Innovations has received direct funding from GO Topeka, with JEDO's approval, for $156,000 - making 712 Innovations a flagship project of GO Topeka.

Dedicated to helping entrepreneurs, 712 Innovations, plans to open Topeka's first coworking space, and makerspace - as well as the first attempt to combine the two that can be found on a national level.

Coworking spaces lower barriers to entry, and make the leap into self employment more palatable for entrepreneurs; offering low cost space, and an environment that's more productive and professional than a neighborhood coffee shop.

Makerspaces work to enable creative and engineering minded individuals by providing tools out of the average "garage tinkerer" price range. 712 Innovations plans to open with everything from a CO2 Laser Cutter and 3D Printer, to a computer aided milling machine that can rapidly fabricate hard-to-build parts.

Organizers plan to open in early 2015 at 712 Kansas Avenue. 712 has partnered with the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library and Washburn Small Business Development Center to offer training and educational programming.

If you're interested in learning more about 712 Innovations, please contact Glenda Washington at 785-231-6000.

Downtown Topeka Seeks Artists for Public Art

Downtown Topeka Foundation is seeking design proposals from visual artists for installation of the "Notable Kansans" sculptures and other works on the newly renovated section of Kansas Avenue.


The RFP seeks design proposals from visual artists who will undertake the creation of the likenesses of eleven Notable Topekans and five public art sculptures that will be featured in the pocket parks. Five of the eleven Notable Topekan sculptures are included in the initial wave of redevelopment and are fully funded. The remaining six are subject to the procurement of additional funds. The five public art sculptures are to be included in the pockets parks designed with input from Hill's Pet Nutrition, Capitol Federal, Security Benefit, Bartlett & West, and US Bank.

You can find the full version of the RFP and the accompanying press release by 
clicking here.


In the RFP you will find a few glimpses at what our new downtown will look like - some of the sculptures included in these images are part of this RFP, so don't miss your chance to be a part of the future - and history - of downtown Topeka!


2014 Learning Summit and Awards of Excellence - CRC Celebrates Shawnee County


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.


Shawnee County 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.

2014 Learning Summit & Awards of Excellence
Monday October 20

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Downtown Ramada Convention Center
420 SE 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 


For more information about the Learning Summit and Awards of Excellence, click here

700 Volunteers for the Nancy Perry Day of Caring


United Way's Nancy Perry Day of Caring last month turned out 700 volunteers, 63 projects for 34 different agencies. That is a total of 3,413 volunteer hours for the one day event. 


TEDx is coming to Topeka! 


Topeka will be home to TEDxTopeka, an independently organized TED event happening November 12, 2014 at the Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy. 

TEDxTopeka is an evening event being curated by a small group of Topekans with an audience of 100 people. The goal is to bring together bright minds to give talks that are idea-focused and on a wide rage of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder-and to provoke conversations that matter.

All talks will be filmed and an edit will be hosted on the TEDx YouTube channel. Just as with all speakers, we can work together ahead of time to craft the talk, should assistance be needed. Talks can be 5-7 minutes or up to 18 minutes in length.

Tickets for the TEDxTopeka event are already on sale! Get Tickets.

If you have questions, please email Jennifer Owen.


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