Press Releases

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 2021 Most Successful Business Year in Kansas History

Dec 1, 2021

~Since 2019, the Kelly Administration has secured nearly $7.5 billion new business dollars invested in the state, supporting over 40,000 new or retained jobs~ WICHITA– Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced Kansas has topped $3.5 billion business dollars invested in Kansas in 2021 at Integra Technologies Inc., a manufacturing service provider…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Over 500 New Jobs in Overland Park

Nov 18, 2021

~Charter Communications, leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator, to invest $18.9 million in Overland Park community~ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded Charter Communications’ plan to open a new customer retention center in Overland Park - creating 510 new full-time jobs by the end of 2022. The leading connectivity…

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Governor Laura Kelly Recognizes Apprenticeship Week in Kansas

Nov 16, 2021

National Apprenticeship Week 2021 | November 15-21 TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly recently signed a proclamation spotlighting the importance of Kansas’ Registered Apprenticeship Program and declaring this week, November 15-21, as Apprenticeship Week throughout the state. “The Registered Apprenticeship Program connects skilled workers with good-paying jobs,” Governor Laura Kelly said.…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Governor’s Tourism Award Winner

Nov 16, 2021

Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland, Rooks County Economic Development Director Roger Hrabe, and Kansas Tourism Director Bridgette Jobe TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today congratulated Roger Hrabe, Rooks County Economic Development Director, on receiving the Governor’s Tourism Award. The Governor announced the prestigious award during the annual Kansas…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces $3.5 Million in New Funding for Kansas Tourism Initiatives

Nov 10, 2021

~Kansas Tourism to use funds to revitalize and enhance the tourism industry~ TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced Kansas has received $3.5 million in grant funding from the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to distribute to local partners across the state. These funds will accelerate…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 60 New Jobs in Lenexa

Nov 10, 2021

~Collins Aerospace to expand operations in Lenexa, invest $55 million in community~ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today celebrated Collins Aerospace’s expansion of its Lenexa operations, which will create 60 new jobs. The new Collins Aerospace facility has generated an approximate $55 million investment in the community. “Our state’s place as…

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Kansas Department of Commerce Hosting Virtual Job Fair for Open Positions

Nov 9, 2021

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today encouraged Kansans considering a new career to check out job openings at the Department of Commerce during a KANSASWORKS Virtual Job Fair. The virtual job fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, and…

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New Grant Program Launches for Historic Building Revitalization

Nov 4, 2021

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced a new grant program that will move quickly to help revitalize underutilized, vacant and dilapidated downtown buildings in rural Kansas communities. The Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) grant program is designed to bring downtown buildings back into productive use…

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Lieutenant Governor Toland Congratulates Rhonda Harris on “Women of Influence” Award

Oct 29, 2021

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland congratulated Rhonda Harris today on being named the Distinguished Mentor Honoree at the Seventh Annual Women of Influence Awards. Harris received the honor Thursday at the Capitol Plaza Hotel as part of an event presented by the Greater Topeka Partnership and…

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Kansas Department of Commerce International Division Receives more than $160,000 for Export Development

Oct 26, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announcement of a $163,617 award to the Kansas Department of Commerce’s International Division through SBA’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). Through STEP, states competitively apply for and receive financial awards to assist small businesses in their…

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