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Virtual Job Fair to Highlight Hundreds of State Agency Opportunities Jobseekers are encouraged to attend the upcoming State of Kansas Agencies Virtual Job Fair from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 27. This month’s virtual fair, hosted by KANSASWORKS, will feature many exciting employment opportunities available across the state’s 98 government agencies. Currently, there are more than 700 vacancies across the state. Governor Kelly Travels to Japan, South Korea to Create More Jobs for Kansans This week, Governor Laura Kelly traveled to Japan and South Korea to participate in the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association (MWJA/JMWA) Conference. While there, she met with business leaders to continue building on Kansas’ historic economic development success and create new job opportunities for Kansas workers. Kansas Commerce Department Hires New International Director Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today Laura Lombard has been named the agency’s new International Director. Lombard brings 15 years of experience in international relations and business development to the position, most recently serving as President and CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services in Wichita. Governor Kelly Announces Funding to Grow Small Business Exports Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded $200,000 to the Kansas Department of Commerce to expand the state’s robust export sector, which hit an all-time high of $13.97 billion in 2022. The agency’s International Division oversees the administration of the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) award, enabling eligible businesses to leverage these funds for conducting focused activities that promote export growth. View All


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“Attracting Powerful Economic Expansion”

On February 10, 2022, Attracting Powerful Economic Expansion – APEX – was signed into law by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly.

Having received bipartisan support in the House and Senate, the Act addresses the unique needs of for-profit companies within targeted industry sectors that invest $1 billion or more in the expansion of their operations or relocation of their headquarters anywhere in the state. APEX may also include up to five suppliers for such “megaprojects.”

“This positions Kansas to potentially land a once-in-a-generation opportunity that could transform our economy. This tool is about more than just one project. It makes us an economic powerhouse ready to compete on a national and global scale. That means thousands of new jobs, billions more business dollars injected into the economy, and more opportunities for Kansas families.”


Qualifying industries align with the state’s Framework for Growth:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Distribution, Logistics and Transportation
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Professional and Technical Services
  • The Headquarters of a Firm in any Industry

APEX provides the following benefits for qualifying firms and their respective qualifying suppliers:

Qualifying Firms

Refundable investment tax credits up to 15% of qualifying capital investment.
Partial rebate of payroll up to 10% per year; not to exceed 10 years
Training reimbursement up to 50% of qualifying expenses, not to exceed $5M annually; $25M total
Relocation reimbursement up to 50% for non-Kansas residents; limited to $1M annually, $10M total
100% sales tax exemption up front for materials to construct facility

Five Qualifying Suppliers

Refundable investment tax credits, scaled, up to 10% of first $100M of qualifying capital investment
Partial rebate of payroll withholding tax up to 65% per year; not to
exceed 10 years
Training reimbursement up to 50% of qualifying expenses, not to exceed $250,000 annually; $1.25M total
Not applicable
100% sales tax exemption up front for materials to construct facility

APEX Limitations

» APEX allows for a qualifying firm to be approved in each calendar year of the program’s duration, up to the sunset date of December 31, 2023.

» Participation in the APEX program excludes the qualifying firm and its qualifying suppliers from participating in other statutory programs under Commerce’s administrative authority, including PEAK, KIT, HPIP, JCF and Workforce AID.

» All APEX offers are subject to the approval of the State Finance Council.

» In addition to the benefits outlined, the bill also calls for a reduction in state corporate income tax for all businesses in Kansas. Upon the successful location of an APEX project, the corporate income tax in Kansas will be reduced by 0.5%.