2014 Topeka State Of The Community Focuses On The Positives

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TOPEKA, Kan, (WIBW) - Local leaders shared their vision for the future of Topeka and Shawnee County.

The Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual State of the Community event Wednesday.

More than 300 people heard from Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast and Shawnee County Commission Chairman Bob Archer.

Wolgast spoke on improvements being made downtown,and how the crime rate is dropping.

Archer spoke about the curbside recycling program, and several departments in the county.

Both speakers focused on the positives around the area.

"You could say the glass is half full or half empty depending on how you look at things," said Wolgast. 'I think it's more than half full. I think it's getting near the top because it's just like momentum is building. There are things occurring now that we haven't had for years."

"We've got a great leadership team, we're building on our successes and leadership is really the key to getting things done," said Archer.

Archer also said he believes the gap between the city and county is closed. He said it goes back to a personal relationship he had with Wolgast while on the city council.