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National Economic Development Week – May 7 – 12

May 27, 2018

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce is joining economic development agencies across the country in celebration of National Economic Development Week from May 7-12. During this week, the agency will highlight the vital services that economic development organizations offer and the impact they have on the Kansas economy.

National Economic Development Week (EDW) was started in 2016 to increase awareness of local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life. EDW is coordinated by the International Economic Development Council, the largest professional organization for economic development practitioners.

In Kansas, the Department of Commerce routinely partners with local economic development organizations to bring new companies to the state and help existing businesses grow and expand. In 2017, the agency successfully completed 145 projects that brought $2,210,832,982 in total capital, 13,128 new jobs and 10,875 retained jobs.

Throughout the week, the Department of Commerce will share information on programs and services available to businesses in Kansas or considering locating in Kansas: incentives, workforce development, export trade assistance, and site selection consulting, among others.

For more information on the Kansas Department of Commerce and National Economic Development Week, visit, or the agency’s social networking channels:




Information will be shared using hashtags #KsEcoDevo and #EconDevWeek.

About Kansas Department of Commerce

As the state’s lead economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce strives to empower individuals, businesses and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas. Under the leadership of Interim Secretary of Commerce Robert North, the department comprises a variety of programs and services that create jobs, attract new investment, provide workforce training, encourage community development and promote the state as a wonderful place to live, work and play.