Topeka: the right combination Kansas’s business-friendly policies, low living expenses, and hard-working population make it an ideal location for companies that are looking to expand or relocate their business. But which destination in this great state offers the right combination of resources and support while delivering it all with a can-do attitude? For many companies, including Mars Chocolate North America and Home Depot, the destination of choice is Topeka. Topeka, located in Shawnee County, Kansas, offers a wide range of resources and services to existing and relocating or expanding companies. Whether it’s access to a highly education workforce, quality infrastructure, or a low cost of doing business, our community offers unique advantages, including: Over 700 available acres fully equipped for your business, including two commerce parks with prime locations near rail and highway transportation and direct access to two runways. Foreign Trade Zones that are ‘user friendly’ site-specific and allocated on an individual company basis. Aggressive local incentives, based on the quality of jobs, and state incentives, including income tax credits. A tax program that exempts all machinery and equipment from personal property taxes. A ten-year property tax exemption on real property for qualified companies. Infrastructure that allows for goods shipped by truck to reach 25 percent of the US in one day and 90 percent by two. A knowledgeable workforce with over 25% of the population having a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree. These advantages, coupled with a knowledgeable staff and a friendly community, have led these companies to choose Topeka as their newest home: Target Distribution Center, Home Depot Distribution Center and Mars Chocolate North America. We also continue to be home to other large companies, including Frito-Lay, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Big Heart Pet Brands, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and many others. Having these corporate citizens as a part of the Topeka and Shawnee County community has helped provide a stable quality of life throughout the Topeka and Shawnee County area. Once a company has decided to call Topeka and Shawnee County home, we work with local officials to make sure companies transition smoothly into our community; but we don’t stop there. We help established businesses continue to grow by offering incentives for expansion and dedicated staff with expertise in helping existing companies. In the past year, many of Topeka’s existing companies took advantage of both the healthy economy in Topeka and resources and incentives offered by GO Topeka to grow their business. Big Heart Pet Brands, Federal Home Loan Bank and Mars Chocolate North America have all expanded their facilities and added more jobs to the community in 2015. Why are all of these companies thriving in Topeka? Because here, business expenses are low, meaning your company gets more bang for its buck! Here’s how: Our cost of doing business is 15 percent lower than the national average. Our cost of living consistently ranks 8 percent to 10 percent lower than the national average. State and local taxes are 11 percent lower than the national average. Energy costs are 18 percent lower than the national average. In addition to the low cost of doing business, Topeka prides itself on its highly-educated, well trained, quality workforce. We work continually to ensure that our people are ready to work for your business. A new food manufacturing training class teaches the hard and soft skills necessary to succeed in the food manufacturing world. The Washburn Institute of Technology, located in Topeka, offers programs in technology, construction, transportation, and more. The Advanced Systems Technology program turns out students with the technical knowledge and skills to trouble-shoot, repair and maintain industrial machinery and equipment to keep production lines and distribution systems running. Four universities within a 60-mile radius provide a combined enrolment of 63,000 and over 13,500 graduates each year. And to top it all off, the State of Kansas offers tax incentives to help with continuing education and workforce training. So if your company is looking at expanding, relocating, or growing, come take a look at Topeka. We have the right combination of resources to make your relocation or expansion quick and painless. And, more importantly, we deliver it all to you with a great attitude and support from beginning to end!
Whether it’s access to a highly educated workforce, quality infrastructure, or a low cost of doing business, Topeka offers unique advantages