Business Incentives
and Financing in Kansas

Resources for business location, expansion and growth in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Commerce provides a wide array of services and resources to help businesses locate, expand, hire, invest and grow in Kansas. 

Whether you are looking for the right location in which to invest or resources for business expansion, job creation or international trade, our team is dedicated to your success in our state. 

Kansas has been, and continues to be, aggressive in its efforts to grow our economy.  Major companies such as Merck Animal Health, Geico, PBI Gordon, Garmin, Overstock.com, Amazon, Kiewit, Mars, Hostess Brands, Garmin, American Multi-Cinema, Dairy Farmers of America, Kubota, ServiceMaster and General Motors all have chosen Kansas as their preferred business location.  These companies selected Kansas due to the business advantages our state offers, which can translate to increased performance and profits. 

If you would like additional information, please use our “Contact Us” option at the bottom of the page or contact Alicia Janesko Hutchings, Manager, Business Recruitment, directly at (913) 205-8521.

Business Incentive Programs

Promoting Employment Across Kansas (PEAK)

Promoting Employment Across Kansas (PEAK) offers qualified companies the ability to retain 95 percent of their payroll withholding tax for up to five to 10 years.

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Kansas Industrial Training (KIT)

Kansas Industrial Training (KIT) is a training incentive program to benefit companies creating net-new jobs in the state of Kansas.

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Kansas Industrial Retraining (KIR)

KIR is a job retention tool that helps employees of restructuring companies who are likely to be displaced because of obsolete or inadequate job skills and knowledge.

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Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand (AID)

Workforce AID addresses the skills gap currently challenging companies.

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Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Economic Development Program

The KDOT plan includes an Economic Development Program to fund transportation improvements that can be shown to support job growth and capital investment in the state. All transportation modes are eligible, including roadway, rail, airport and public …

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Utility Incentive Programs

Many of our state utility partners can offer discounted rates or other costing-saving tools to assist companies looking to establish or grow their operations in Kansas.

In addition, SB339 recently passed allowing public investor-owned utilities access to a tool designed to attract new, very large electric utility economic development opportunities to the State of Kansas. With final approval by the Kansas Corporation Commission, this incentive provides a competitive rate to new customers with an electric demand of 50 MW or larger. 

Eligible customers include non-retail industries such as data centers, aviation and other large-scale industrial development. Customers benefit from the special rate for 10 years. A new load of at least 50 MW must be located at a single location. Renewable resources can be incorporated into the rate making, providing for additional savings and allowing customers to meet their corporate goals.

In addition, companies committed to meeting corporate sustainability goals from renewable sources have several options to reach those targets, including a Renewables Direct program offered by the state’s largest utility that allows commercial and industrial customers to offset a percentage of their energy usage through a renewable resource. This program is designed to provide large customers a path toward their sustainability goals with abundant, affordable renewable energy. A number of utilities across the state also have wind and solar energy as part of their electricity portfolio, and other arrangements such as energy efficiency incentives may be offered by some service providers.

For more information please reach out to your Commerce project manager, and they will connect you with the appropriate utility partner.

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International Trade and Investment Programs

Kansas International Trade Marketing Assistance Program

KITMAP provides funding for Kansas businesses to start or expand their exporting sales through engaging in various marketing activities including overseas sales trips.

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Kansas International Trade Show Assistance Program

The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Kansas International Trade Show Assistance Program can help a Kansas business make international connections and increase their exports.

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State Trade Expansion Program

STEP helps small businesses located in Kansas begin to export and existing exporters expand.

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Tax Credits and Financing Programs

High Performance Incentive Program (HPIP)

HPIP provides tax incentives to qualifying employers who pay above average wages, along with having a robust commitment to training and skill development for their workers.

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Industrial Revenue Bonds

Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs) are among the most popular and cost-effective methods of financing up to 100 percent of a new or growing business’ land, buildings and equipment.

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Kansas Capital Multiplier Loan Fund
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Kansas Capital Multiplier Venture Fund
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Sales Tax Credits and Exemptions

Kansas has a variety of sales tax credit and exemption programs available that offer significant savings to companies.

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Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

Economic Development (CDBG-ED) program is a source of financing for companies that are expanding an existing facility or starting a new operation in a non-metropolitan area of Kansas.

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Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a real estate redevelopment tool applicable to industrial, commercial, intermodal transportation area and residential projects.

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Sales Tax and Revenue (STAR) Bonds

Sales Tax and Revenue (STAR) Bonds are a financing tool that allows Kansas municipalities to issue bonds to finance the development of major commercial, entertainment and tourism projects. The bonds are paid off through the sales tax revenue generated by the development.
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Real Property Tax Abatement

State law allows a 100% property tax abatement for ten (10) years on real property if industrial revenue bonds are utilized or it qualifies under the state Constitution, which allows companies that manufacture articles of commerce, conduct research and development or store goods or commodities sold in interstate commerce to receive a property tax abatement. Tax abatement on real property is offered by the city or county where the property is located.

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Personal Property Tax Exemption

Kansas law exempts the property tax on commercial and industrial machinery and equipment purchased or transferred into Kansas after June 30, 2006. The personal property tax exemption continues each year under the law.

This personal property tax exemption is unique and offers significant savings each year to companies. Savings will depend on the fair market value of the property, depreciation, the local mill levy rate and whether all equipment qualifies for the property tax exemption. The exemption can cover such items as: computers, furniture, office equipment, business machinery and manufacturing and warehouse equipment.

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Other Programs and Support

Federal Opportunity Zones

Federal Opportunity Zones is a new economic development tool enacted by the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, offers investors preferential tax treatment for capital gains invested in low-income communities designated as Opportunity Zones. The program is designed to encourage long-term investment in economically distressed areas and promote economic growth.

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Minority & Women Business Development

The Office of Minority and Women Business Development promotes business development with a focus on disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned businesses. Information and referrals are provided in the areas of procurement, contracting and subcontracting, financing and business management.

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Private Activity Bonds

Private Activity Bonds are a useful resource for organizations wishing to implement projects within their communities to support their citizens.

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Property Tax Abatement Assistance

The Board of Tax Appeals (BOTA) Liaison provides instruction and technical assistance for nonresidential entities applying for economic and/or industrial revenue bond tax abatements.

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Rural Opportunity Zones

77 Kansas counites have been authorized to offer state income tax waivers and/or student loan repayments to new, full-time Kansas residents.

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