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Registration Closing Wednesday for 2022 Kansas Renewable Energy Conference

Sep 26, 2022

TOPEKA — Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today said there still is time to register for the upcoming 2022 Kansas Renewable Energy Conference. Those interested, however, will need to act quickly. Registrations for the Oct. 3-4 event in Manhattan will close at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 28th.…

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Governor Laura Kelly Celebrates Funding to Help Kansas Small Businesses Participate in Global Trade

Sep 23, 2022

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on its announcement of a $200,000 award to the Kansas Department of Commerce.  The award will be used by the agency’s International Division in its State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). STEP helps small businesses begin to export their…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces New Small Business Research & Development Grant Program

Sep 22, 2022

TOPEKA – Today Governor Laura Kelly announced a new program that will help Kansas small businesses innovate, bring new products and services to market, and compete at a global level. The Small Business Research & Development Acceleration Grants, which were approved by the 2022 Legislature and signed into law by Governor…

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Governor Laura Kelly Celebrates Goodyear Tire Investing $125 Million in Topeka, Adding 40 New Jobs

Sep 21, 2022

Lt. Governor Toland and Deputy Secretary Hughes touring the Topeka Goodyear facility in January 2022. TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.’s decision to invest $125 million and hire 40 new employees at its Topeka plant as part of modernizing its Kansas facility, which…

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Governor Laura Kelly Encourages Job-Seekers to Attend Statewide Virtual Job Fair

Sep 19, 2022

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly invites job seekers and employers to participate in the next Statewide Virtual Job fair, hosted by KANSASWORKS, from 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 21, to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, September 22. “Just last week, we announced that we surpassed 50,000 jobs created and retained in Kansas, and…

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Governor Laura Kelly's Administration Signs Significant Wheat Deal with Taiwan

Sep 16, 2022

TOPEKA – During a state visit from a Taiwanese delegation, officials from the east Asian country agreed to purchase 66 million bushels of wheat from U.S. farmers over the next two years. The grain deal, which is worth approximately $576 million, will be fulfilled significantly by Kansas wheat farms.  The Kansas…

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New Kansas Tourism Video Showcases Racing in Kansas

Sep 12, 2022

TOPEKA – Kansas Tourism has released the latest chapter in its ongoing Story Series. Full Throttle and Full Heart: Kansas Racing features Kansas native drivers sharing the magic of racing in Kansas. “The racing industry is a valuable part of the economic success in many Kansas communities,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland…

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Kansas Surpasses 50,000 Jobs Created and Retained Since Start of Kelly Administration

Sep 12, 2022

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that since she took office in January 2019, her administration has worked with private-sector businesses in creating and retaining more than 50,000 jobs in Kansas. This milestone continues the record-breaking economic development success the state has experienced under the Kelly Administration.  The Kansas Department…

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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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Governor Laura Kelly Establishes Office of Registered Apprenticeship

Sep 6, 2022

~Executive Order Expands Administration's Workforce Development Efforts~ TOPEKA – Today, on the heels of Labor Day, Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order #22-07 establishing the Office of Registered Apprenticeship within the Kansas Department of Commerce. The Office will dramatically scale up the Kelly Administration’s efforts to meet the talent needs…

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