Topeka Relocation Guide 2011 : Page 3

Contents “It is di cult for me to identify the one thing visitors to Topeka should see, since there is so much to see. e campus of Washburn University; Reinisch Rose Garden at Gage Park; Topeka High School – the most beautiful high school in the world; Shawnee Lake and Ensley Gardens; the State Capitol building; Topeka Performing Arts Center; Heartland Park – one of the premier race tracks in the country and the Expocentre would be a good start.” Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten Topeka Focuses on Growth ....................................................4 Topeka in Pro le ....................................................................6 History of Topeka ..................................................................7 e Topeka & Shawnee County Library Is “Your” Place .........8 Topeka Arts Community Grows through ARTSConnect........9 Topeka Bragging Rights........................................................10 Options Abound for Living and Playing in Topeka .............12 Downtown is Becoming the Place to Grow ..........................14 Why Choose Topeka? ...........................................................17 Famous Topekans .................................................................17 Little Known Facts about Topeka ........................................18 21 ings You Must Experience in Topeka ...........................18 What’s a Young Professional to Do? .....................................19 Ethnic Groups Embrace Cultural Diversity, Share Heritage through Events ................................................................20 Transportation ......................................................................21 Lodging ...............................................................................21 Religious Organizations .......................................................22 Topeka Media ......................................................................24 Libraries, Shopping & Child Care .......................................24 Employment & Business Industry ........................................25 Income Demographics ........................................................27 Government and Taxes .........................................................27 Housing ..............................................................................28 Education ............................................................................30 Washburn University ............................................................33 Higher Education ................................................................34 Healthcare ...........................................................................35 Local Transportation ............................................................40 Utilities ................................................................................41 Cultural Activities ................................................................42 Sports Activities ....................................................................43 Trails and Parks O er Recreation Options ............................44 Festivals & Special Events ....................................................45 Attractions ..........................................................................46 Taking Care of Pets ..............................................................48 Important Numbers ............................................................49 Licensing Agencies ..............................................................50 Employment Agencies .........................................................50 “ e Topeka Zoo and Gage Park have been a favorite of Topekans and visitors for decades. Generations have enjoyed the exotic animals, mini train, carousel and rose garden in a tree-lled, well-manicured setting. It is where memories are born.” Topeka City Manager Norton Bonaparte, Jr. “Every visitor to Shawnee County should have the chance to experience Lake Shawnee! Walking trails, baseball and beautiful gardens surround a quality lake that families enjoy year-round.” Shawnee County Commissioner Shelly Buhler Produced in cooperation with the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and the Topeka Area Association of REALTORS by Peterson Publications. Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce 120 SE Sixth Avenue, Suite 110 Topeka, KS 66603-3515 785.234.2644 FAX: 785.234.8656 E-mail: topekainfo@TopekaChamber.org Website: www.TopekaChamber.org Douglas S. Kinsinger, CCE, President & CEO Topeka Area Association of REALTORS 2130 SW 37 Street Topeka, KS 66611 785.267.3215 FAX: 785.267.4993 Email: connie@topekaareahomes.com Website: www.topekaareahomes.com Connie Goodnow, CEO Published by: Peterson Publications, Inc. 2150 SW Westport Drive, Suite 101 Topeka, KS 66614 785.271.5801 FAX: 785.271.6404 Website: www.petersonpublications.com Copyright 2011, Peterson Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including a photocopy, recording or any other information retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher: Peterson Publications, Inc. “ e Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee are absolutely beautiful and one of our community’s crown jewels.” Shawnee County Commissioner Ted Ensley “Newcomers shouldn’t miss the charm, chili and cheer you get at Porubsky’s Deli & Grocery Store in Little Russia.” Shawnee County Commissioner Vic Miller Topeka Relocation Guide 2011 | 3

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