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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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International Partnerships Help Grow Kansas

September 20, 2019

Our trading partners around the world play a big role in helping grow the Kansas economy. Increasing our state’s international footprint has been a large priority for Governor Kelly and is a key component to our vision …

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Commerce appoints Trent Armbrust to lead business development efforts for bioscience and technology sectors

September 13, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced Trent Armbrust will join the Kansas Department of Commerce as director of strategy for Bioscience and Technology effective Sept. 23. This newly created role and …

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Secretary David Toland Announces Agency Restructuring, Opens New Positions

September 11, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland has announced agency-wide restructuring as part of ongoing rebuilding efforts. These actions include the rebuilding of both the Business Development and International Trade Divisions. “Much of the …

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Introducing Arts in Medicine, now Accepting Applications

August 16, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Arts in Medicine, a partnership between the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) and Emporia State University (ESU), is accepting applications from associations, agencies and organizations that provide medical services to Kansans. …

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Faith Technologies and Excellerate Manufacturing Expand Kansas Operations

August 9, 2019

Olathe, Kan – Faith Technologies, an energy expert and national leader in electrical planning, engineering, design and installation, will expand its operations to Olathe, Kansas, including its manufacturing division, Excellerate, and Faith Technologies University. The …

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