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 Introduces Program to Provide Broadband Access to Rural and Underserved Communities

Nov 30, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the introduction of the new Broadband Acceleration Grant Program to expand broadband access to rural and underserved communities across the state. This year marks the first time in Kansas history that there has been a concerted, statewide, bipartisan effort to fund increased broadband…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Three New Openings in Program to Revitalize Downtown Corridors, Strengthen Economic Development

Nov 23, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the Kansas Main Street program will be accepting applications for up to three new communities in the state interested in joining. The Main Street program – designed to develop and strengthen downtown corridors – has been a proven success for rural communities throughout…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Nearly 2,000 Small Businesses Recipients of $37.5 Million in Grants

Nov 19, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly today announced that nearly 2,000 Kansas small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will receive a share of $37.5 million in Small Business Working Capital (SBWC) grants.

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Governor Kelly Recognizes Creekstone Farms as 2020 Kansas Exporter of the Year

Nov 19, 2020

TOPEKA –Governor Laura Kelly today recognized Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC as the winner of the 2020 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, the top export business award presented by the state. Creekstone was one of five finalists for this award, joined by Kice Industries of Wichita, Petron Plus Global…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces New Rural Economic Development Program

Nov 12, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the creation of the Kansas Main Street Affiliate Community Program, an initiative designed to introduce more Kansas communities to the resources and technical assistance offered through Kansas Main Street. The new Affiliate Community Program is a membership-based program that invites representatives from participating…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces $2 Billion in New Capital Investment in 2020

Nov 11, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the State of Kansas has officially surpassed $2 billion in new capital investment in 2020. This investment is brought by new economic development projects driven by Governor Kelly’s administration and the Kansas Department of Commerce. “The arrival of COVID-19 threatened to undermine…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces $224,437 in Community Development Block Grant Award for Fort Scott

Oct 29, 2020

TOPEKA –Governor Laura Kelly today announced the award of Community Development Block Grants through the Kansas Department of Commerce to assist with a commercial redevelopment project in Fort Scott. The city of Fort Scott has been awarded $224,437 for repairs to a building, including roof repair and replacement, ceiling repairs,…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Peerless Products Expansion to Create Over 100 Jobs in Iola

Oct 27, 2020

TOPEKA - Governor Laura Kelly today celebrated the announcement of Peerless Products, Inc., purchasing a 150,000-square-foot facility in Iola to expand its production capability. Peerless estimates the expansion will create 100 to 120 new full-time jobs in Iola over the next five years, with a capital investment of $10.35 million.…

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KANSASWORKS Virtual Job Fair Begins Tuesday

Oct 26, 2020

TOPEKA—Governor Laura Kelly today encouraged Kansans to participate in the sixth KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair, which begins tomorrow, October 27 and will continue through Thursday, October 29. The virtual fair will allow job seekers to easily live chat with employers from across the state through computers and mobile devices.…

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Governor Kelly Announces 250 Jobs with New Empirical Foods Facility in Garden City

Oct 23, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly Thursday announced the groundbreaking for a new Empirical Foods ground beef facility in Garden City. The planned facility, which is now the largest single investment in the company’s 40-year history, will bring 250 new jobs and more than $250 million in capital investment to Garden…

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