2018 / 2019 Strategic Goals & Priorities

The governing body met on April 28, 2018, to review the goals and priorities for the growth and development of the city of topeka. From the meeting, they developed the framework for 4 strategic goals with 14 priorities for 2018 and 2019. The goals and priorities developed are meant to help guide the Council’s policy and decision making towards accomplishment of our mission.

Goal: Increase Youth Engagement and Involvement in Our Community


  • Create a Youth Council
  • Look into creating a Sports Facility for Topeka youth

Goal: Evaluate, Retool and Deploy Incentive Programs That Will Grow Business Development as a Means to Increase Employment Opportunities for All Citizens


  • Proactive Economic Development Plan (utilizing existing economic development incentives per state law and new Federal Opportunity Zones)
  • Development Equity – Each City Council District to identify opportunities in the district and develop a strategy to develop them
  • Infrastructure Support for Industry Needs

Goal: Development of Improved Internal Programs for Government Service Provision and Public Private Partnerships to Improve Quality of Life


  • Commercial Air Service
  • Washburn (Growth Support – Communications about University)
  • Washburn Tech East Student Housing – Develop a plan
  • Infrastructure Repairs
  • Determine opportunities for cost savings on duplicate services between the County and the City
  • Reduction in Crime – Community Policing, Community Response Unit, Neighborhood Watch use and other methods considered to reduce crime

Goal: Grow Topeka by 1,000 Citizens in 2 Years “by 2020 Census” (Based On 2010 Census)


  • Assist 501 with community perception and involvement
  • Develop communication tool for employers and job seekers to list/find job openings
  • Re-Brand the City
  • Adopt and implement a strategy to engage the entire community

For additional information, read Resolution No. 9024.