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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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Business Recruitment

We know Kansas is a great place for business, and we think you’ll agree. Kansas has been, and continues to be, aggressive in its efforts to grow our economy. Major companies, such as Geico, Hostess Brands, CarMax, PBI Gordon, Empirical Foods, Walmart, Amazon, Kiewit, Mars, Triumph, Dairy Farmers of America, Kubota and General Motors all chose Kansas as their preferred business location. These companies selected Kansas due to the business advantages our state can offer, advantages that translate to increased performance and profits.

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. Kansas Commerce accomplishes its mission by developing relationships with corporations, site location consultants and stakeholders located not only in Kansas but nationwide. Our strong partnerships allow us to help create an environment for existing Kansas businesses to grow and foster an innovative, competitive landscape for new businesses. The Kansas Department of Commerce Business Recruitment team has expert knowledge and valuable relationships to ensure your business’ success.

When you contact the Kansas Department of Commerce, we will assign a Business Recruitment project manager to work with you every step of the way, whether you are in the preliminary stages of a site location project or ready to conduct a full-scale site location search

Nadira Hazim-Patrick

Assistant Secretary

(785) 296-8158 [email protected]

Jeff Freeman

Recruitment Project Manager, Great Lakes Region

(202) 549-5999 [email protected]

Barbara Hake

Recruitment Project Manager, Kansas City Metro Region

(913) 909-0999 [email protected]

Randi Tveitaraas Jack

Deputy Director, International Division

(785) 845-0290 [email protected]

Beth Johnson

Business Recruitment Project Manager, East Coast Region

913.967.9332 [email protected]