Press Releases

Stay up to date with the latest information on Kansas businesses, grants and opportunities for communities from the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Governor Laura Kelly Announces 225 New Jobs in Salina

Aug 19, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Schwan’s Company, a leading food producer in the United States, will build a new 400,000-square-foot expansion at its pizza-manufacturing facility in Salina.

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Governor Laura Kelly Celebrates Third KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair

Aug 19, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly today celebrated the success of this year’s third KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair, which involved 189 employers and 1,182 jobseekers.

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Community Development Block Grant Recipients

Aug 19, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that three Kansas cities will receive Community Development Block Grants from the Department of Commerce to assist with commercial redevelopment efforts. Clay Center, Eudora and Lincoln each will receive $250,000 in CDBG funds for redevelopment projects, with each city providing matching funds of $88,000,…

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Governor Laura Kelly Applauds Great Plains Manufacturing Salina Expansion

Aug 19, 2020

OPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today congratulated Kubota and its subsidiary Great Plains Manufacturing on the announcement of a new manufacturing facility in Salina. This project will create 130 new full-time jobs and result in more than $43 million in capital investment, with potential for additional jobs and investment in the…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Second Round of CARES Act Funding Applications to Open August 19 at 12:00 p.m.

Aug 19, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly has announced businesses will soon be able to apply for a total of more than $130 million in grants to serve those most affected by the pandemic and for companies that can expand broadband access in the state. Information on SPARK economic development and connectivity grant…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Department of Commerce’s Third KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair

Jul 28, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the third KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair will be held today, Tuesday, July 28, through Thursday, July 30. “We need to maintain a strong, healthy workforce in our state, and getting Kansans back to work safely is one of my top priorities,”…

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56 Kansas Cities and Counties to Receive Community Development Block Grants to Support Coronavirus Response

Jul 23, 2020

TOPEKA—Governor Laura Kelly announced today a second round of Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response Supplement (CDBG-CV) funds to 56 Kansas communities. A total of more than $7.2 million is being disbursed to assist communities affected by the pandemic and its economic effects. “I’m pleased to announce this additional round…

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Governor Laura Kelly and Department of Commerce Launch New Kansas Certified Sites Program

Jul 22, 2020

TOPEKA—Governor Laura Kelly today announced the Department of Commerce’s launch of the new Kansas Certified Sites program, a critical tool that will help accelerate economic development efforts throughout the state. The program, originally created and administered by the Kansas Economic Development Alliance (KEDA), lets developers know when the state has…

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Department of Commerce strengthens team with new Deputy Secretary and Community Development Director

Jul 14, 2020

TOPEKA – Department of Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced the hiring of two economic development professionals to help direct business and community development efforts for the state. William (Bill) Murphy will become the new Deputy Secretary for Business Development at Commerce, directing efforts to drive the growth of existing…

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Commerce Secretary outlines vision for Kansas with Greater Wichita Partnership

Jul 10, 2020

TOPEKA – Under the direction of Governor Laura Kelly, Secretary of Commerce David Toland this morning outlined key initiatives for participants at the annual Mid-Year Investor Meeting of the Greater Wichita Partnership. Secretary Toland discussed momentum building in Kansas and around the region, as well as the growing role of…

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