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Kansas Broadband Roadshow

Kansas Broadband Roadshow Through planning funds from the US Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications, and Information Administration, (NTIA) Kansas Office of Broadband is excited to announce our Kansas Broadband Roadshow. This Roadshow is part of a strategic planning effort by the office of broadband to reach and engage with neighbors…

Developing a Workforce Strategy

Business leaders know that skill shortages and workforce disruptions create problems that ripple through the entire workplace. Mike Beene, Assistant Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce, oversees Workforce Services, Human Resources, Building Services and Workforce AID for the Kansas Department of Commerce. Beene will discuss how to align the…

Kansas Mural Map

Murals Transform the World Governor Laura Kelly announced today that 37 rural murals were completed in 14 Kansas communities in 2022 through the Office of Rural Prosperity’s (ORP) Rural Mural and Public Art Grant Programing. These grants helped communities with fewer than 10,000 residents create murals and public art projects…

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Matt Godinez

Matt Godinez is the Director of Performance and Programming. In this role, Matt takes an organization-wide view to improve and streamline programs throughout the Department of Commerce, develop metrics to gauge the results of programming and engage with external stakeholders. He assists in continual development and monitoring of the department’s…

Department of Commerce announces $40 Million in New Housing and Tourism Grant Programs

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced $40 million will be made available under the ARPA Building Opportunities for the Disabled and Elderly (ABODE) and State Park Revitalization and Investment in Notable Tourism (SPRINT) grant programs. The ABODE program will provide $10 million in funding for new construction…

Kansas Day Campaign Pays Homage to 150 Years of ‘Home on the Range’

TOPEKA – On Sunday, January 29, Kansas celebrated its 162nd birthday. To commemorate the day, Kansas Tourism released a video that pays tribute to the poem turned song, Home on the Range, originally penned 150 years ago near Athol. The lyrics of the world-renowned melody echo the aspirations, values and…

State Park Revitalization and Investment in Notable Tourism (SPRINT)

State Park Revitalization and Investment in Notable Tourism (SPRINT) Grant applications close on February 27, 2023 at 11:59PM During the pandemic some sectors of the Kansas tourism industry experienced increased activity (ex: state parks) while other sectors experienced a decline in activity (ex: museums, performing arts centers, entertainment venues, etc.).…

ARPA Building Opportunities for the Disabled & Elderly (ABODE)

ARPA Building Opportunities for the Disabled & Elderly (ABODE) Grant applications close on February 27, 2023 at 11:59PM During the pandemic, many individuals who are elderly or disabled faced housing issues which disrupted their access to medical care, food and other services.  High needs populations struggled with housing access and…