TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - For the first time, Topeka and Shawnee County's Joint Economic Development Organization is opening the door to people who want to head up its program.
At its meeting Wednesday night, JEDO voted to issue a request for proposals from people who want to manage the economic development program which is financed through a county-wide sales tax.
Shawnee County Commissioner Kevin Cook, who sits on the JEDO board, said he felt it was important for the group to see what other options are available and the ideas those groups may have.
Until now, Go Topeka was the sole entity considered for the contract. It is able to apply under the RFP. Before the vote, several business leaders expressed support for Go Topeka's efforts.
JEDO would enter a three-year contract with the group it selects. The third year would be voided if voters do not extend the sales tax.
Those interested in contracting the program must submit proposals by March 13th. JEDO will then pick a company April 2nd.