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2024 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award Nominations Open

Feb 15, 2024

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TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced that the Kansas Department of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award. 

The Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award is a prestigious honor given by the Governor to best-in-class Kansas companies involved in international trade. These businesses are honored as examples of Kansas’ excellence in exporting to countries worldwide. 

“Kansas businesses create outstanding products sought around the globe, and we’re proud to share those creations with people worldwide,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “The Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award is given to companies that demonstrate unique creativity, innovation and success in this critical sector of the state economy.” 

To nominate a business, including your own, click here.

The Kansas Department of Commerce’s International Division and the Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council coordinate the selection process. 

“The strength of our exporters is helping fuel the current significant increase in our state’s gross domestic product (GDP),” Commerce International Director Laura Lombard said. “This is the highest award our state offers to exporters. If you know one of these superior businesses, please nominate them.” 

To be eligible, companies must be in good standing with the state and currently operating in and exporting from Kansas. Nominations must be received by April 1, 2024.  

There are no restrictions on who may nominate a company for the award, and self-nominating is acceptable.  For more information on the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, including past winners and notable anniversaries, click here.