Target Industries

GO Topeka Economic Partnership, the economic development organization for Topeka and Shawnee County, is committed to acting on the massive potential available to the Topeka/Shawnee County area. The organization is actively pursuing companies in the alternative energy, animal and human health science, manufacturing, logistics, financial and data centers, and bioscience fields to bring them to Topeka, with a great number of resources and incentives available to those businesses.

Topeka’s location—in the center of the animal health corridor, within an hour’s drive from Kansas City, Manhattan and Lawrence—provides a perfect location for animal industry businesses. As part of Kansas’s knowledge corridor, with three top-flight universities in the area and superb connectivity via major interstates, the Topeka area is rich with opportunity. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a global leader in animal health research & development and pet food manufacturing has already figured this fact out, situating their corporate headquarters right in the middle of Topeka. By offering strong business and development incentives to help establish, relocate, and grow industry, and by providing a strong, dedicated workforce, Topeka remains a strong competitor in the animal health industry. If you’d like to have your animal health business set up in Topeka, we’ll show you exactly how WE CAN DO THAT.

When Governor Kathleen Sebelius set the goal in 2007 that 10% of the energy in the entire state of Kansas would be produced from renewable resources by 2010—and 20% by 2020—Topeka made sure we led the way by letting the state know WE CAN DO THAT. Kansas has an opportunity to make great use of its resources, including its status as the state with the third-highest wind energy potential in the nation, to become leaders in wind, solar and advanced energy storage manufacturing, and as the capital city, Topeka is positioned to head the charge toward renewable energy throughout the state, region, and country.

With its centralized location, Topeka is a perfect place for transport, putting the entire country easily within reach, emphasizing fuel efficiency and the future of goods transportation. Topeka and Shawnee County provide abundant access to major interstates (I-70 and I-35) and railroad arteries that allow for inexpensive, simple shipment and delivery for business sites. But Topeka isn’t just easy to get to—we also make it an affordable place to do business. The Topeka/Shawnee County area has a cost of doing business 15% lower than the national average, with an index of 93 according to Moody’s Economy.com, and a cost of living is consistently 8-10% lower than the national average. And because all machinery and equipment in Topeka is exempt from personal property taxes, all these factors combine to make living and doing business in Topeka a less expensive and more productive prospect.

Key investors in the region:
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
BNSF Railway Company
Hill’s Pet Nutrition
Frito-Lay, Inc.
Payless ShoeSource
Reser’s Fine Foods
Security Benefit Group/se2
Target Distribution Center
Del Monte Foods
Innovia Films, Inc.
US Foods
Mars Chocolate North America
Home Depot Rapid Deployment Center
Bimbo Bakeries (Allen Foods)
Mize Houser