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Fall 2022 Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) Grant Recipients Announced

Dec 23, 2022

Governor Laura Kelly today announced the recipients of the fall 2022 Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) grants. A total of 15 projects from across the state are receiving almost $773,000 in matching grant funds. HEAL was created in 2021 as a partnership between the Patterson Family Foundation and the Department…

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Commerce Announces SEED Grant Recipients Supporting Economic Development

Dec 16, 2022

Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced the award recipients for the new Strategic Economic Expansion and Development (SEED) grant program. In total, 61 recipients will receive nearly $2.7 million to invest in small communities across the state.   “SEED grants provide funding for quality-of-life enhancements in some…

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Commerce and Patterson Family Foundation Announce More Funding Available for Revitalizing Downtown Buildings

Sep 7, 2022

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced a second round of Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) grants intended for revitalizing downtown buildings in small communities across the state. The HEAL program, which is funded by the Department of Commerce and the Patterson Family Foundation, will invest…

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Wichita County Childcare Center Perseveres with CSP

Aug 14, 2022

Having the backbone and grit to overcome any no is a Wild West mentality, to be sure. For Wichita County, a frontier county in western Kansas, it is as necessary today as it was in the 1800s. The county is home to 2,100 people who rely on hard work and…

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Commerce Department, Patterson Family Foundation Team Up to Help Downtown Areas Throughout Kansas

Jul 26, 2022

TOPEKA – It is a familiar sight in smaller Kansas communities throughout the state: vibrant downtown districts whose allure is somewhat diminished by one or two vacant or dilapidated buildings. In many cases, a major barrier to making these structures useful again is the high cost of renovation. Last fall, the…

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Governor Laura Kelly Awards Over $4M in Tax Credits to 29 Kansas Nonprofits

Jul 12, 2022

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today awarded $4.1 million in Community Service Tax Credits (CSP) to bolster the fundraising efforts of 29 nonprofit organizations across Kansas that improve local access to quality child care, healthcare, education, arts, and housing. The administration continued its ongoing commitment to addressing the child care shortage…

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Russell - Where generations care for each other

May 19, 2022

Russell is more than just the hometown of Senator Bob Dole and a Main Street City. It is a community of 4,400 people who take care of each other. Part of the city’s vision is to be “a community that is truly dedicated to family, friends and neighbors where generations…

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