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Our city benefits from a highly educated and hardworking pool of individuals. With top ranked universities including Topeka’s own Washburn University, as well as nearby University of Kansas and Kansas State University. Topeka grows our own future leaders and boasts a strong and skilled workforce for top tier companies.
35% increase in household income since 2010
25% increase in diversity since 2010
17th most affordable housing market in the US
Check out our Target Sector and AssetsTopeka is an innovative community with a startup spirit and business friendly for corporate partners. If you are looking for a city to build a business, Topeka is the place for you.
Quality of LifeIn Topeka you can find a lifestyle that suits you. Elegant neighborhoods, unique shopping, greenspaces and more.
You can find all you need to make your ideal life.
Topeka & Shawnee County has been touted as a great place for people in all walks of life, whether you’re beginning your career, starting a family or enjoying your golden years.
Live Here.As a mid-sized city, our residences can enjoy big-city amenities while also being able to take advantage of the easy accessibility and quaint comforts of a smaller city.
Grow Here.In addition to a cost of living that’s 8% to 10% below average, you’ll find quality neighborhood schools, housing of all types and price ranges, leading medical centers that serve all of northeast Kansas, historic, educational and fun attractions, sidewalks in most neighborhoods, easy access to parks and trails throughout Shawnee County, civic organizations for every interest and myriad arts and culture activities.
Incentives & Guidelines
Topeka IncentivesDiscover incentives that can help you find success at any stage of your emerging business. Whether you’re a startup with boundless new ideas, an established small business trying your best to put great ideas into motion or a large corporation, there are resources available to help you grow.
First Opportunity FundThe First Opportunity Fund is designed specifically for business owners who want to grow, but who do not qualify for loans at conventional financial institutions. The purpose is to grow the community by helping local businesses create jobs and increase production.
Downtown GrantThe Downtown Topeka Redevelopment Incentive Grant Program is a financial incentive that is designed to encourage residential and commercial improvements of buildings for future use in the Capital City Business Improvement District.
Business Developent ResourcesTopeka has the flexibility to structure incentives in a manner that assists the company and community at the same time. Most of our incentives are performance based and paid as the company meets the committed benchmarks like number of jobs, salaries and capital investment.
The Topeka / Shawnee County Small Business IncentiveThe Small Business Incentives Program offers grant incentives to help small business owners and startups invest in their companies in ways that will support their growth, financial performance, business sustainability and ability to enter new markets. Incentives require preapproval and applications are reviewed four times a year.
Choose Topeka Talent IncentiveChoose Topeka as your new home and you could get up to $15,000 in your pocket. This exciting new incentive partners with Shawnee County employers to select talented professionals to relocate to Topeka and the Shawnee County community.