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Statewide Virtual Job Fair to Showcase New Opportunities for Jobseekers Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland is encouraging jobseekers and employers searching for new talent to participate in the June Virtual Statewide Job Fair. Hosted by KANSASWORKS, the job fair will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. Commerce Announces $390,000 in Emergency HEAL Grant Funding Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced more than $390,000 in Emergency Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (E-HEAL) grants has been awarded to five recipients. More than $770,000 private local matching funds will be added to that total, to help bring rural downtown buildings back from likely demolition or collapse – and rehabilitate them back into productive use. Kansas Main Street Selects Eight Rural Communities for New Housing Grant Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced eight inaugural grant recipients of the Residential Opportunities on Main Street (ROOMS) program. A total of eight projects in Designated Kansas Main Street communities are receiving $50,000 each to create a total of 35 new residential units in the upper floors of downtown buildings. Kansas Nonprofits Receive More than $4M in Community Service Program Tax Credits Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $4.1 million in Community Service Program (CSP) Tax Credits have been awarded to support the fundraising efforts of 26 nonprofit organizations across Kansas. These funds will enhance local access to quality childcare, healthcare, education, arts, and housing services. View All

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Sage Restoration March 2020

Mar 10, 2020

Sage Restoration is a woman-owned and entrepreneurially led enterprise founded in 2010. My team and I are dedicated to helping home owners and commercial property owners who have experienced a very stressful situation such as a destructives fire, the damage from flood water, or with problem mold in the walls of their residence or building.

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BUSINESS FEATURE: Heartland Innovation – Particle Space

Feb 5, 2020

Particle Space is a tech startup in Kansas City creating a new system for building management. Founder David Biga utilized the Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit program early on, and it his business grow in a major way. Our state is the place to be for tech innovation! https://www.youtube.com/embed/5bT-Ym4RlO

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BUSINESS FEATURE: Wear Your Pride on Your Sleeve – Kinfolk Created

Feb 5, 2020

When it comes to showing pride for your home state, you won’t find a better example than Kinfolk Created! Hear from the company's founder, Bryan Lisbona, and what Kansas means to him. https://www.youtube.com/embed/m1uFa5yu7bk

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No Place Like Home – The Return of Kansas Main Street

Feb 5, 2020

Main Street is important to many Kansas communities. Learn about the program, what it means to the Kansas Department of Commerce and how some towns are looking to use the help provided through Kansas Main Street. https://www.youtube.com/embed/CVA9rdzATFQ

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BUSINESS FEATURE: Sweet Treats for Everyone – Safely Delicious

Feb 5, 2020

Lisa Ragan created a delicious, allergen-free snack for her children, and they turned out so good that she decided to make a business out of it! Hear from Lisa, and learn what her product has to offer and what she's gained from owning a business in Kansas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ra32QevsO0&feature=emb_title

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Commerce Celebrates Employee Service

Jan 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 year, we recognized 30 individuals with a combined 540 years of service to the state…

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Rural Communities in Kansas Receive Grants to Build Swimming Pools

Jul 23, 2019

11 cities including Blue Rapids, Clyde, Yates Center, and Moundridge are being chosen to receive federal grants to build swimming pools. The grants, awarded by the Department of Commerce, will help cities renovate or construct new facilities. “One key strategy in economic development is making sure there is a high…

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Kansas Artists and Art Organizations Will Get More State Funding

Jul 23, 2019

During the 2019 Session, the Kansas Legislature approved the largest appropriation to the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) in nearly a decade. The KCAIC supports the role of the arts in economic and community development across Kansas. "We assist artists and arts organizations,” said Commission Director Peter Jasso. “We…

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Ribbon Cutting for Mechanized Concepts in Russell

Jul 23, 2019

Mechanized Concepts specializes in bringing products from concept to reality through design, engineering, and manufacturing. Earlier this month, they cut the ribbon on a facility and celebrated their partnership with the community of Russell. From Hays Post: “A year in the making, the company has worked closely with Russell County…

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Kansas Supports Economic Development With Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand Partnership

Jul 17, 2019

Workforce Innovation: Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand (AID) is a Kansas Department of Commerce program in partnership with the Kansas Board of Regents, developed to address the skills gap in Kansas through  development of a talent pipeline.  Workforce AID is an industry-driven program that aligns industry opportunities and demands with…

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