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Governor Kelly Celebrates Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses Governor Laura Kelly joined the Kansas Department of Commerce for the 38th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at Townsite Tower in Topeka. The luncheon, hosted by Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development, recognizes minority- and women-owned businesses from across the state and is part of Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week. Governor Kelly Announces Recipients of More than $500K in Registered Apprenticeship Grants Governor Laura Kelly today announced a total of $528,478 has been awarded by the Kansas Department of Commerce to eight entities across the state for projects that will attract and retain employees and build the state workforce through registered apprenticeships. Virtual Job Fair to Highlight Hundreds of State Agency Opportunities Jobseekers are encouraged to attend the upcoming State of Kansas Agencies Virtual Job Fair from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 27. This month’s virtual fair, hosted by KANSASWORKS, will feature many exciting employment opportunities available across the state’s 98 government agencies. Currently, there are more than 700 vacancies across the state. Governor Kelly Travels to Japan, South Korea to Create More Jobs for Kansans This week, Governor Laura Kelly traveled to Japan and South Korea to participate in the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association (MWJA/JMWA) Conference. While there, she met with business leaders to continue building on Kansas’ historic economic development success and create new job opportunities for Kansas workers. View All


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Private Companies are Exporting Kansas Brand and Products at Record Pace

Apr 21, 2023

Even as Kansas achieves record-breaking, historic economic development success, the state isn’t slowing down. Instead, Kansas is flexing its muscle as a top exporter and the best place for international companies to do business. Efforts on both fronts feature a strong relationship with Taiwan, with Kansas constantly pursuing more mutually…

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HEAL Projects Breathing Life into Downtowns Across Kansas

Apr 14, 2023

All across Kansas, once vacant and dilapidated downtown buildings now are bustling with activity. A new strategy of timely investments in Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) grants rolled out by Governor Laura Kelly’s administration are fueling many of these success stories. Funded by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the…

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GROWKS Loan and Equity Programs Winning Awards as They Assist Companies

Apr 7, 2023

The Kansas Department of Commerce and NetWork Kansas are working together to tear down barriers many entrepreneurs face when starting a business. In August 2022, Commerce — the state’s economic development engine — and NetWork Kansas, which connects startups and small businesses with resources they need to succeed, launched the GROWKS…

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Housing a Critical Component of Economic Development

Mar 31, 2023

Kansas’ record-setting pace in economic development means significant job growth, with the state creating or retaining almost 56,000 jobs since Governor Laura Kelly took office in 2019. That has the Kelly administration aggressively tackling a pressing challenge that comes with rapid job creation — making sure there’s enough affordable housing for…

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Kansas Broadband Roadshow Gathering Useful Information from Real Kansans

Mar 24, 2023

In parts of Kansas, it’s easy for people to go online whenever and wherever they want.   But for too many Kansans, high-speed internet access is anything but a mouse click away. The ongoing challenge of inadequate broadband connectivity is very real for Kansas families, businesses, schools, healthcare providers and others…

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Kansas Takes Bold Steps Forward-Preparing Residents for Critical, In-Demand Careers

Mar 17, 2023

Chandler Roetzer’s highest priority is providing a good life for his family here in Kansas, which is why he’s developing high-tech job skills that will be in demand now and in the future. Roetzer, 26, is an Electrical Automation Tech apprentice at Great Lakes Polymer Technologies (GLPT), a global leader…

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Kansas Continues its Award-Winning, Record-Setting Streak

Mar 10, 2023

Once overlooked and underestimated in economic development, Kansas has achieved the unexpected with record-shattering success — and one prestigious award after another. For the first time in state history, Kansas won the coveted 2021 Governor’s Cup, and then backed it up recently with a second straight Governor’s Cup. Awarded by…

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