Incorporated in October 15,1964, as a non-profit organization - Section 501(c) (6). DTI has the following primary purposes:
- promoting the growth and expansion of downtown Topeka, Kansas for business and residential development;
- promoting downtown Topeka as the central location for state governmental offices;
- promoting the improvement and maintenance of downtown infrastructure;
- serving as a liaison between diverse groups with interest in downtown Topeka and
- promoting events and activities to achieve these goals so that Topeka’s downtown becomes a destination of cultural activity and economic development.
DTI also provide administrative services to the following entities:
- Capital Business Improvement District to address the attractive physical and economic environment efforts that strive to achieve excellence in the quality of life as a center of commerce, government, culture, history and recreation.
- Downtown Topeka Foundation designed to raise and expend funds for the purpose of preserving, restoring and improving buildings, lands, streets, parks, monuments and other historical and cultural aspects of the downtown area. In 2017 the leadership revised the mission and vision of the organization in preparation for partnership with the Greater Topeka Partnership.
- The Downtown Topeka Redevelopment Incentive Grant Program is a financial incentive that is designed to encourage residential and commercial improvements of buildings for future use in the Capital City Business Improvement District. Grants are awarded as reimbursement for actual monies spent up to the limits provided. Funding for this program is provided by the City of Topeka.
2018 - Greater Topeka Partnership
As of January 1, four Topeka organizations will be unified as the Greater Topeka Partnership. The organizations include, The Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, GO Topeka, Visit Topeka, and Downtown Topeka, Inc. The organizations will maintain their individual managers and boards, as well as becoming the founding organizations of the Greater Topeka Partnership. Matt Pivarnik, the CEO of GO Topeka and the Topeka Chamber will be Chief Executive Officer. There will be one chair and chair-elect from each organization and seven community elected members selected to govern the new partnership. Together, the organizations will focus on Momentum 2022, an economic development plan for Topeka & Shawnee County. The unity provided by combining the organizations will allow resources to be shared and common goals to be met.
Downtown Topeka, Incorporated strategic objective targets “Develop a Dynamic Regional Core” within the pillar of “Creating Vibrant and Attractive Places.” The implementation of theses objectives focus on mixed-up development, the creation of incentives, partnerships with the State of Kansas, advancing the NOTO Arts District, Activating the Kansas River, and ensuring multimodal connectivity. We play a significant role in bringing life and prosperity to the heart of the city as we all work to grow transform Topeka and Shawnee County.
What DTI brings to the GTP
- Downtown Topeka, Incorporated brings a history of over 50 years of commitment to the growth and expansion of downtown for business and residential development.
- A goal of DTI is to make downtown the entertainment center of the community. DTI brings over 30 annual events and activities to the GTP to help make downtown a cultural and economic destination.
- DTI blended its 200 plus members, revenues, board of directors and volunteer base into the betterment of the Greater Topeka Partnership.
- Downtown Topeka, Incorporated’s strategic objective targets “Develop a Dynamic Regional Core” within the pillar of “Creating Vibrant and Attractive Places”. These objectives focus on mixed-use development, the creation of incentives, partnerships with the State of Kansas, advancing the NOTO Arts District, Activating the Kansas River, and ensuring multimodal connectivity. We play a significant role in bringing life and prosperity to the heart of the City as we work to grow and transform Topeka and Shawnee County.
To ensure that Topeka’s downtown is the center of a thriving regional economy through recruiting, retaining and engaging commercial, cultural and residential opportunities.
Downtown Topeka is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective development of commercial, cultural and residential activity and increased quality of life in the Topeka region.