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Commerce Celebrates Employee Service

January 13, 2020

Last week, the Department of Commerce celebrated our annual employee service awards luncheon, where we honored Commerce employees who have served the state of Kansas for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years. This …

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Kelly Administration Launches Online Incentive Transparency Database

January 9, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced the launch of an incentive transparency database designed to enhance visibility and accountability of economic development incentive programs administered in …

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KANSASWORKS.com Introduces Live Chat Feature

January 6, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – KANSASWORKS and the Kansas Department of Commerce announced today the addition of the live chat feature on KANSASWORKS.com. The new feature allows Kansas residents unable to visit a physical Workforce Center location …

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2019 Year-in-Review

January 3, 2020

2019 was truly an extraordinary year. Last January, I began my time as Secretary with several goals for the Department of Commerce and for economic development in Kansas. In today’s blog, I’d like to look …

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Jeff Willis Hired to Lead International Division at Commerce

December 20, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary David Toland has appointed Jeff Willis as director of the newly reconstituted International Division at the Kansas Department of Commerce. As director, Willis will lead efforts to grow Kansas exports and …

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Nominations Open for Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award

December 12, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award. International trade is vital to the Kansas economy. In 2018, Kansas companies exported nearly …

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Town Halls Scheduled to Engage Public on Kansas Economic Development

December 2, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today that four town halls have been scheduled to engage the public in the development of the Kansas Framework for Growth, the economic development planning process …

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Department of Commerce Bolsters Business Recruitment Team with Appointment of Peter Ruiz

November 7, 2019

Topeka, Kan. –Secretary of Commerce Toland announced today the addition of Peter Ruiz to the Kansas business recruitment team. Ruiz will serve as a business recruitment representative for the West Coast territory, a position that …

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Department of Commerce Announces Minority Enterprise Development Awards and Luncheon

September 26, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development will host its 35th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will be held in the Capitol Plaza …

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Kelly Administration Hosts 2019 Taiwan Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission

September 19, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Governor Laura Kelly, the Kansas Department of Commerce and Department of Agriculture welcomed members of the 2019 Taiwan Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission to Topeka on Thursday. Since 1998, Taiwan has dispatched a …

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