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 Expansion at Berry Global Group, Inc. to Create 84 Jobs

Sep 14, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today visited Berry Global Group, Inc. in Lawrence to celebrate a major project expansion that will create 84 new jobs and invest $61 million in the community. “Berry Global Group, Inc. has been a mainstay in Lawrence’s manufacturing sector for many years, this expansion will…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas Receives National Economic Development Recognition

Sep 13, 2021

~ Kansas breaks into Area Development’s Top 20 States for Doing Business recognition~ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced Kansas has received Area Development’s Top 20 States for Doing Business recognition for 2021 – the first time in Kansas history the state has made the Top 20 list. “Our…

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Governor Laura Kelly Proclaims September as Workforce Development Professionals Month

Sep 2, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly signed a proclamation recognizing September as Workforce Development Professionals Month in Kansas. “Our workforce development professionals work tirelessly to connect skilled workers with open jobs, strengthening our economy and supporting Kansans,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “Their efforts have been critical during the pandemic, and…

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Governor Laura Kelly Cuts Ribbon on Superior Boiler Expansion Project in Hutchinson

Sep 1, 2021

HUTCHINSON – Today, Governor Laura Kelly joined Superior Boiler to cut the ribbon on their new 73,000-square-foot facility – totaling a $2,786,000 business investment - in Hutchinson, Kansas. “Superior Boiler’s expansion in Kansas is more proof that our new way of doing business is working,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “We’ll…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces New Grant Program to Support Non-Profit Arts Organizations

Aug 30, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced new grant program designed to help non-profit arts organizations in Kansas recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. “These grants will provide immediate help for non-profit arts organizations across Kansas,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “My administration will continue supporting our arts community to create new…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 250 New Jobs in Emporia

Aug 18, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced Communications Solutions, LLC (CSLLC) will expand its operations to Emporia, Kansas, creating 250 new jobs. “Our partnership with CSLCC, which will create 250 new jobs in Emporia, is a testament to our state’s talented workforce and strong economy,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Congratulations…

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Commerce announces upcoming Certified Sites workshops

Aug 16, 2021

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced a series of upcoming training sessions for the Kansas Certified Sites program. These three virtual trainings will provide an opportunity to learn more about the process of getting shovel-ready sites in Kansas certified for development. “The Certified Sites program…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas Local Workforce Area II West Receives Prestigious Award for Veteran Service

Aug 13, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) recently awarded Kansas’ Local Workforce Area II West with the Mark Sanders Award for Exceptional Service to Veterans. “Kansas veterans deserve to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity, and helping them find meaningful…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 75 New Jobs Coming to Wichita

Aug 5, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded Brek Manufacturing Company’s plan to expand its operation into the state of Kansas. The Southern California-based aerospace company announced that it intends to purchase two buildings in Wichita, investing $4.5 million and creating 75 new jobs over the next five years. “Wichita’s reputation as…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces New Report to Prevent Outmigration and Strengthen Kansas’ Workforce and Economy

Aug 2, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced the results of a new report detailing the challenges facing young Kansans in rural communities along with possible solutions to prevent outmigration and strengthen Kansas’ workforce and economy. The report is the result of the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s Power Up & Go project,…

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