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Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $15M Available to Connect Kansans to Digital Devices and Public Wi-Fi Governor Laura Kelly announced today that applications are open for the Advancing Digital Opportunities to Promote Technology (ADOPT) program. A total of $14.7 million in grant awards will be available to organizations addressing the challenges of broadband accessibility, affordability, and device availability. Governor Kelly Announces $28.5M for High-Speed Internet Infrastructure Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $28.5 million in grants were awarded to 12 entities through the Lasting Infrastructure and Network Connectivity (LINC) program. The LINC program provides strategic funding for crucial aspects of broadband connectivity to reduce the cost of internet service, increase availability, and improve performance. Governor Kelly Announces $5M to Expand Access to High-Speed Internet in Rural Kansas Communities Governor Laura Kelly today announced that $5 million has been awarded to eight internet service providers (ISPs) in the latest round of Broadband Acceleration Grants for 2023. The awards will be paired with an additional $6.6 million in matching funds, resulting in an investment of nearly $12 million for high-speed broadband access projects across 10 rural Kansas counties. Commerce Program Opens Employment Pathway for Justice-Involved Kansans KANSASWORKS, a division of the Kansas Department of Commerce, is taking significant strides to empower justice-involved individuals across the state through the Re-entry Specialized Employment Counseling & Training (ReSpECT)WORKS program. This program provides intensive case management and career navigation for eligible individuals released from the prison system in Kansas. View All


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Kansas Commerce Newsletter

May 25, 2017

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The Kansas Department of Commerce will host International Trade Day on June 6 in the Colonial Ballroom of Emporia State University’s Memorial Union. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the conference will adjourn at 5:15 p.m.

The keynote address will be delivered by Chris Kuehl, the Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence.

Registration for the 2017 International Trade Day is open with a registration fee of $50.
For a complete agenda, more information or to register please go to

Sponsors include: Scarbrough International, Invena Corporation and Lee Aerospace.
Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award

The Governor’s Exporter of the Year award proudly celebrates the successes of Kansas companies that excel in exporting and growing their communities.

Twelve Kansas companies were nominated for the 2017 Exporter of the Year award, finalists include:

Bergkamp, Inc.

KSi Conveyors, Inc.

Lee Aerospace


Winners of both the Exporter of the Year and the Award of Excellence will be announced at the Team Kansas Awards Banquet on June 6 during Business Appreciation Month.

Governor’s Award of Excellence
There were 19 regional winners and 44 merit winners for the Governor’s Award of Excellence. Finalists for the award include:

Boot Hill Distillery

Cereal Ingredient, Inc.

CertainTeed Corporation

Community National Bank & Trust

United Telephone Association/United Wireless Communications, Inc.

A complete list of Regional Winners of the 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence follows:

Rooks County Health Center

Crop Production Services

Central Veterinary Services, PA

Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc.