February Visioneer, 2015

712 Innovations Opens, Membership Applications Available


Topeka's first ever "robot ribbon cutting" scheduled for February 5, 4:30 pm at the new 712 Innovations (712 Kansas Avenue, Topeka KS 66603.) 


712 Innovations is a creative space where you can access tools, office space and expertise. It's a place where people can turn dreams into reality, getting help making the next big product or just testing ideas.


Members are encouraged to pursue creative ideas, products, and business opportunities. In addition to the space's economic and workforce development benefits, our community's most creative and scientific minds will finally have a place to nurture a culture of thinking differently, and innovating. 712 Innovations welcomes entrepreneurs, students, artists, and members of the public to take advantage of this amazing resource.


Membership details and applications are listed here. For questions email 712innovations@gmail.com.


Topeka Named Top 10 Affordable Place To Live in 2015 


Congratulations! Topeka has been named one of the 10 Best Affordable Places to Live, 2015 by Livability.com. To read more about Topeka's affordability and the methodology behind the picks, click here. 


Livability editors looked at cities across the country, and Topeka was among the top 10 for affordability. This recognition adds opportunity and value to the city, and as the editors explain in the article, enhances Topeka's community's livability. 


Again, congratulations on making the Livability.com list of 10 Best Affordable Places to Live, 2015! To stay in touch with what's happening at Livability.com, including information about Topeka, sign up for their newsletter. 

Group Works to Inform and Engage Citizens in Voting Process


In the most recent municipal elections, just 14% of Topekans cast a vote- that means around 15,000 people decided the elected leadership of a community of more than 125,000 people! The Topeka city budget totaled over $256 million in Fiscal Year 2014, and the city council is currently taking on issues ranging from administration of the cent sales tax, to infrastructure improvements to economic development and public safety. The issues at stake in local elections are simply too high for voters to sit this one out.


The great thing is that we have the opportunity to reverse this trend. "Topeka Votes" is a non-partisan group working to inform citizens about upcoming elections, and help them engage in the process. The goal of "Topeka Votes" is to increase voter turnout in both primary and general city elections. You can keep up with "Topeka Votes" on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. As "Topeka Votes" begins its work, it is also looking for volunteers! If interested in volunteering in any capacity, please email topekavotes@gmail.com

Heartland Visioning Announces Spring Intern


Heartland Visioning is pleased to announce Megan Dortch as the new Spring 2015 intern.


Megan is a senior at Washburn University where she is majoring in Public Relations and will graduate in May. She is originally from Kearney, Missouri and attended Highland Community College before coming to Topeka. She will be working on projects with Heartland Visioning and helping out around the community.  


"I am excited to learn about Heartland Visioning and their partners. I am already learning so much! I hope to contribute to Topeka and help the city grow and become more united by working with Heartland Visioning." 

Feel free to reach out to Megan Dortch by email or by phone at 785-231-6006.