Airbnb, choose Topeka to offer professionals free stays in Kansas Capital

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Airbnb has partnered with Choose Topeka to offer business professionals free stays in the Kansas capital.

GO Topeka says it’s Choose Topeka’s relocation initiative has partnered with Airbnb to provide potential new residents with free opportunities to visit Capitol City. He said Choose Topeka provides up to $ 15,000 for those who want to settle in Topeka, a city of nearly 200,000 people.

“While some consumers are considering relocation, local hosted stays enabled by Airbnb provide a fantastic option for exploring neighborhoods before making a decision,” said Barbara Stapleton, vice president of business and talent retention initiatives at Go Topeka. “Through this partnership, potential residents will be able to ‘try before you buy’ before committing to the Choose Topeka program – and truly experience what life could be like here if selected.”

According to the Greater Topeka Partnership, potential new Topekans will be guided by Airbnb’s “online experiences” to introduce Topeka to anyone looking to relocate and who can answer questions about local life, events, and more.

“In a new Airbnb survey, 44% of consumers in five countries are interested in trying a new city before buying a home, including 47% of Americans,” said Chris Lehane, senior vice president of global public policy and communications at Airbnb. . “Specifically, 62% of respondents in the United States who identify as Latinx and 50% who identify as Black, as well as 50% of Californians, are open to trying before you buy.

Currently, GTP said that 40 people who earn an average of $ 85,000 a year have participated in the Choose Topeka program, coming from cities across the country, including New York and San Francisco. He said 21 workers bought a house in Topeka and 19 are renting it.

According to GTP, Kristy Blake, director of the New Life Center on the St. Francis campus of the University of Kansas Health System, moved to Topeka in late April with her husband. He said they were from Arlington, Texas and bought a house in the Kansas capital.

“It was a really good transition for us. It really is like family here, ”said Blake. She and her husband get to know their neighbors. And the city, she added, is big – “small enough, but big enough for what we like to do.”

GTP said the Topeka community has a thriving NOTO Arts District, a revitalized downtown district and Evergy Plaza. He said Topeka is also home to top quality breweries, restaurants, concert halls, luxury hotels and museums.

“Airbnb is excited to partner with Choose Topeka, to help remote workers experience life in the Golden City and consider establishing their new home,” said Lehane. “In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic – and the rise of remote working – we now have the power to live anywhere, and many are looking to try out a city before they move. By working with Choose Topeka, we hope to provide their community with the opportunity to do just that, as part of a new vision of flexible living.

Since the program launched in 2019, GTP said it has received thousands of requests from across the continent, as well as international requests.

“We encourage anyone who is considering taking advantage of all that Topeka has to offer to come and check it out for yourself. We think you will be surprised at what the city has to offer, ”continued Stapleton.

According to GTP, the Choose Topeka program will reimburse residents with job offers in Topeka up to $ 15,000 when purchasing a home and $ 10,000 for tenants who sign a one-year lease. He said employees who work remotely for businesses based out of town can get up to $ 10,000 if they buy a house and up to $ 5,000 for a one-year lease.

13 News spoke to Airbnb’s communications manager, Liz DeBold Fusco, about the origin of the idea.

“This is actually based on a program that was launched earlier this year with Tulsa Remote, which is another remote work program that wants active talent to move to Tulsa. We saw that it was really a success for the members who received coupons and in their case they were able to work on the construction of their house and these coupons allowed them to book stays in different neighbors and helped them to see which neighborhood they would like to move to, ”said DeBold Fusco.

Topeka is one of 9 communities Airbnb has partnered with to help grow their population. She also says it helps when potential residents can get a taste of what their life can be like when they stay in the community.

Airbnb said they have the following listings in Topeka:

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