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 Tourism Attraction Development Grant Recipients

May 16, 2022

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today the 11 recipients of the Kansas Tourism Attraction Development Grants. The grants were presented by Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland on Friday, May 13, at an event at the Colby Events Center. “Tourism is the welcoming committee for new residents and…

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Governor Laura Kelly Names Manufacturer KanPak Winner of Kansas’ Top Business Award

May 12, 2022

~Honors Business Leaders at Inaugural To the Stars: Celebrating Kansas Business Banquet~ TOPEKA – Yesterday, Governor Laura Kelly announced KanPak, an Arkansas City-based manufacturing company, is the winner of the 2021 Governor’s Award of Excellence, the top award given to a business by the state. The Governor joined the Kansas Department…

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Governor Kelly Announces Upcoming Statewide Virtual Job Fair

May 10, 2022

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly encourages Kansans to participate in the next KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair. The virtual job fair will take place from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2022.  “KANSASWORKS has done an exceptional job of continuing to connect Kansas…

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Lt. Governor Toland Announces Appointments to Kansas Apprenticeship Council

May 5, 2022

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced appointees to the Kansas Apprenticeship Council (KAC). These appointments are a significant step towards modernizing the Registered Apprenticeship program in Kansas. “Registered Apprenticeships are a huge benefit to employers and employees alike,” said Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of…

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Lt. Governor Toland Announces Applications Open for Rural Mural and Public Art Program

May 2, 2022

Topeka – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland announced that grant applications are open for the Rural Mural and Public Art program. The Kansas Department of Commerce will provide matching funds for communities to create new murals and public art projects that will engage community residents and create a place…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Launch of Startup Housing Program

Apr 21, 2022

~Assistance Available for Housing Developers to Jumpstart Projects, Address Rural Housing Shortage~ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the launch of a new housing program for developers to help address the housing needs of communities across Kansas. The Startup Housing Opportunity Venture Loan (SHOVL) program provides funding to housing…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 127 New Jobs, $110 Million Investment in Olathe

Apr 19, 2022

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Lineage Logistics is opening a new automated, next generation distribution center for Smithfield Foods, Inc., a vertically integrated food company and the world’s largest pork processor. The $110 million investment will create 127 new jobs in Olathe.  “Lineage Logistics’ decision to build…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Largest Economic Development Investment in Kelly Administration History

Apr 18, 2022

~$650 Million in Business Investment in Kansas Economy, 500 New High-Paying Jobs in Manhattan~ MANHATTAN – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced her administration’s most significant economic development project to date. Scorpion Biological Services, a subsidiary of Heat Biologics, Inc., is commencing on a planned development of a new 500,000 square…

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Department of Commerce Virtual Job Fair

Apr 14, 2022

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today encouraged Kansans considering a new career to learn about 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, April 20, and…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announced Three Communities Rejoining Kansas Main Street Program

Apr 14, 2022

~Great Bend, Hays, and Salina rejoin Kansas Main Street Program, which targets preservation and revitalization of downtown districts~ SALINA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced that the communities of Great Bend, Hays, and Salina will return to the Kansas Main Street program. Kansas Main Street helps communities preserve and revitalize their…

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