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$5 million of HIRE Fund loans have been awarded to Kansas hospitality businesses

March 24, 2020
Topeka, Kan. – Within 48 hours of Governor Laura Kelly announcing the establishment of the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund, all $5 million allocated for the loan program have been awarded. “The hospitality industry in Kansas was one of the first to be hit financially by the COVID-19 crisis,” Governor Kelly said. “Department of…
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Kansas small businesses eligible for disaster loans from the Small Business Administration

March 21, 2020
Topeka, Kan. – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration approved her request to make loans of up to $2 million available to small businesses disrupted by coronavirus. The disaster declaration extends to all 105 Kansas counties, making low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital available for Kansas small businesses suffering…
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Governor Laura Kelly establishes the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund

March 20, 2020
The Kelly Administration has established the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund to provide bridge loans for Kansas’ hospitality sector during the COVID-19 crisis. The Kelly administration is committed to providing support to our state’s small businesses, and Governor Kelly understands that this pandemic is an especially serious challenge for the hospitality industry. In order…
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Applications now open for the Community Service Tax Credit Program

March 19, 2020
Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that applications are now being accepted for the Community Service Tax Credit Program (CSP). CSP assists private nonprofit organizations and public health care entities in undertaking major capital campaigns for projects involving: Children and family services Non-governmental crime prevention Youth apprenticeship Youth technical training Health…
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KANSASWORKS issues Workforce Centers operations update

March 17, 2020
Topeka, Kan. – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, KANSASWORKS Workforce Centers will be taking actions to reduce contact and maintain social distancing as directed by the Centers for Disease Control. KANSASWORKS Workforce Centers will remain open, but with limited services to the public. Individuals should call (877) 509-6757 to ensure their local Workforce Center location…
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Kansas Commerce among the best in the nation

March 12, 2020
Topeka, Kan. –The Kansas Department of Commerce is pleased to announce our own Business Recruitment Director, Alicia Janesko Hutchings was named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers for 2020 by Consultant Connect. Congratulations also go to Glenda Washington of GO Topeka, and Linda Jolly of El Dorado Inc., who were also named as…
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Department of Commerce hires a new Regional Project Manager

March 9, 2020
Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce welcomes a new Regional Project Manager for Southwestern Kansas. Jonathan Clayton joins Commerce as the Southwest Regional Project Manager covering 18 counties. Clayton previously served in the private sector for Penn Medicine as a Project Manager, as well as a Marketing and Outreach Director for multiple non-profit organizations…
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Kansas Exports Increase in 2019

March 6, 2020
Topeka, Kan. – Kansas exports totaled $11.6 billion in 2019, up 0.25 percent over 2018. Nationally, U.S. exports experienced a 1.25 percent decline during the same period. “Seeing Kansas exports rise in the face of global headwinds like trade disputes, aviation difficulties and Brexit is heartening, and Kansans should be proud they are outperforming the…
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Federal loans and grants available to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas

March 4, 2020
Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas State Department of Commerce announces today that applications are being accepted for the second round of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect Program. ReConnect is a USDA program that furnishes loans and grants to fund the costs of construction, improvement or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service…
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Kansas Main Street gets a makeover

March 2, 2020
Topeka, Kan. – The popular Kansas Main Street program that was re-established in 2019 now has a new look! The new Kansas Main Street logo was unveiled today by the Kansas Department of Commerce to generate excitement and support for the program, which is geared toward revitalizing small, rural Kansas communities. “With the return of…
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