As I was sitting in a window booth at The Pennant last Saturday with my wife and a friend of ours from out of town, I looked outside to see a brand-new boutique hotel, The Cyrus, getting closer by the day to its grand opening, archways over Kansas Avenue showcasing our beautiful downtown, and the companies that anchor our strong economy. I thought how great of a time it is to be in Topeka. The reason for sharing this story is to let every young talent reading this right now that you are not only the future of Topeka – you are the present! The opportunity to transform Topeka into the place every young professional wants to live, work, and play presents itself today and it is one that not to be taken lightly. I want to personally thank every one of you who has been a part of making Topeka a great place to live, work, and play.  Now is not the time to celebrate, though. It is the time to ask ourselves what we can do to continue this momentum.  I want to leave you with this question, “What are you going to do to?”


Forge on,