Vision Topeka


 Published on Oct 27, 2016


Vision Topeka

Mayor Larry Wolgast shares his excitement for the future highlighting projects in Topeka’s Dynamic Core. These developments along with public/private partnerships are working to improve the Quality of Life in Topeka & Shawnee County. Join him in being Topeka Proud! He highlights projects in Topeka’s Dynamic Core including Jayhawk Theatre, Cyrus Hotel, Constitution Hall, Riverfront Development, National Park Service Oregon Trail Park and NOTO Arts District Phase II Development. These developments along with public/private partnerships are working to improve the Quality of Life in Topeka & Shawnee County. Join him in being, TOPEKA PROUD





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Medical education expands in Spokane, Washington

Gonzaga joins UW in medical-school partnership

Building on a collaborative system of strong health sciences – including pharmacy, nursing, dental and allied health programs – the building blocks are in place for an expansion of four-year medical education that is already transforming the landscape.

The University of Washington (UW) has partnered with Gonzaga University to expand its WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) medical school program. Gonzaga University will start classes for up to 100 future physicians on its campus in the fall of 2016. While UW’s relationship with Gonzaga is new, the Seattle-based university has trained medical students through its No. 1 nationally ranked primary care and rural medical education program in eastern Washington for about 45 years, and has taught future physicians in the state since 1946.

Across the Spokane River from Gonzaga University’s campus, Washington State University (WSU) Spokane has hired Dr. John Tomkowiak as the founding dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Tomkowiak led a similar effort to start a new medical school at Florida State University in the early 2000s.

Since Tomkowiak joined WSU late last year, the new medical college has applied for accreditation through the Liaison Committee for Medical Education, the main accrediting body in the U.S. and Canada. WSU could receive preliminary accreditation as early as next fall, which would put it on course to enroll its first class of 40 medical school students and begin instruction in the fall of 2017.

Both medical school programs would operate out of Spokane’s University District (UD.) With the intersection of the state’s two largest public universities expanding in Spokane, and the robust regional and community based health care system, the region is experiencing substantial growth of associated research, commercialization and private investment. Spokane’s future as a center for the life sciences industry looks promising.

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fourth annual Schuylkill County Youth Summit

Schuylkill Haven: The Schuylkill County commissioners will convene the fourth annual Schuylkill County Youth Summit on March 10 at Penn State Schuylkill campus. This year’s summit, according to a release, will again bring together youth from all county high schools to engage in making the county a better place to live, work, play and raise families. Blight will be the focus. The Youth Summit Youth Ambassadors, a subset of the summit representatives, have been meeting for several months to find out more about the issue. Thomas A. Palamar, Pottsville city administrator, and Mary Beth Dougherty of the office of state Sen. David G. Argall, R-29, have shared information with the group. During the summit, students will hear from Micha Gursky, part-time executive director of the Tamaqua Community Partnership, about the transformation of Tamaqua over the past several years. There will also be a panel of experts to address students’ questions and offer coaching. Students in each school will work on a plan to address blight in some way in their community. The summit’s basic mission is to engage, equip and support county youth. This year the summit has received support from 17 community businesses, according to the release and organizers specifically thanked M&T Bank, the Schuylkill Chamber Foundation, the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board and the West Charitable Trust for their support. For more information, call Kay Jones of Schuylkill County’s VISION at 570-622-6097 or email her at, or call Commissioner Gary Hess at 570-628-1200 or email him at

Source: Republican Herald

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Graduation Rate Up in Mobile County

Mobile County Public Schools increased its graduation rate to 86 percent, according to the Alabama Department of Education. The data measures the four-year, on-time graduation rate, which means 86 percent of the freshmen who entered high school in 2011 earned a diploma on time in the spring of 2015.

The 2015 rate is an increase from 82 percent in 2014; 75 percent in 2013; and 70 percent in 2012. It keeps the district well ahead of a community-wide goal to raise the graduation rate to 80 percent by 2020, and it is higher than the national rate of 82 percent.

“The 86 percent reflects the sincere hard work of the schools and the students,” said Mobile County Schools Superintendent Martha Peek. “Certainly this is another exciting benchmark. We want to keep at the forefront that our ultimate goal is to graduate 90 percent by 2017.” Peek announced that new goal last year. Mobile County Public Schools met a significant goal this year as all 12 of its high schools have a graduation rate of more than 80 percent. Here is the school-by-school breakdown:
• Baker 93 percent
• B.C. Rain —91 percent
• Blount — 81 percent
• Bryant — 87 percent
• Citronelle — 91 percent
• Davidson —90 percent
• LeFlore — 86 percent
• Mary G. Montgomery — 84 percent
• Murphy —88 percent
• Theodore —84 percent
• Vigor — 83 percent
• Williamson — 81 percent
“Business and industry remain encouraged with the news of climbing graduation rates,” said Troy Wayman, vice president of economic development for the Mobile Area Chamber. “The more education and training a high school student can receive in school the better prepared they are to enter our workforce.”

Not only are more students graduating from high school, but they are also graduating college and career ready. According to the Alabama Department o Education, students are considered “co1le- and career ready” if they meet at least one of these six criteria:
• Benchmark on the ACT
• Earn college credit through dual enrollment
• Enlist in the military
• Pass an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam
• Benchmark on the ACT WorkKevs
• Earn an industry-recognized career credential

Source: Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Business View March 2016

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Lake Nona Medical City in Orlando adds a retail component

Tavistock Development Co. LLC is seeking a permit from the South Florida Water Management District to begin master infrastructure construction for the planned 52.5-acre Lake Nona Landing shopping complex on the west side of Narcoossee Road south of State Road 417.

It likely would create hundreds of permanent jobs and temporary construction jobs — adding to Lake Nona’s $2.8 billion in construction work underway within its 11-square-mile boundaries.

It also would provide a large shopping and dining environment to Lake Nona and the surrounding area’s fast-growing population, including providing amenities for workers in the 600-acre Medical City biotech hub.







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Whosoever Will May Come! #195

Source: Whosoever Will May Come! #195

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Heartland Visioning 2015 Report to the Community

Topeka and Shawnee County, Kansas; Heartland Visioning started in 2008.

Henry Luke January 25, 2016

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