JEDO restores annual funding for Heartland Visioning, Topeka, KA

The Topeka Capital-Journal

Body approves $7.74 million 2015 sales tax revenue budget
Posted: December 10, 2014 – 9:05pm
JEDO contracts with Go Topeka, the economic development arm of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, to administer the economic development program financed by proceeds from a half-cent sales tax Shawnee County voters approved for economic development and infrastructure improvements in 2004. The tax raises about $14 million annually, including $5 million for economic development. Shawnee County residents voted in August to extend the tax for 15 years after its current version expires Dec. 31, 2016.

JEDO used revenue from the sales tax to provide $60,000 each year from 2009 to 2013 to Heartland Visioning, an organization that in 2008 held community and task force meetings targeted at forming strategies to improve Topeka and Shawnee County.

Heartland Visioning executive director John Hunter told board members the organization for this year solicited and acquired private support totaling about $130,000, which shows the Topeka business community recognizes its importance. Heartland Visioning board chairwoman Gina Millsap said the organization has been “reinvented and reinvigorated” this year.

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