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 Main Street Program Additions

Mar 2, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced the selection of Atchison, Baldwin City, and Junction City as the newest members of the Kansas Main Street program, bringing the total number of designated Main Street communities in Kansas to 28. These three communities are the first new additions to the state’s Main…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Novacoast to Bring 60 New Jobs to Wichita

Feb 25, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced cybersecurity company Novacoast’s investment in Wichita. Novacoast announced its intention to open a Security Operations Center in Wichita. The company plans to initially hire 60 employees with plans for continued growth. “Novacoast is, without question, a perfect fit for Wichita,” Governor Kelly said.…

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Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission to hold Informational Grant webinar today

Feb 24, 2021

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced that the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) will host an informational webinar to introduce the Kansas arts community to its field representative team and provide information on grant opportunities. Participants will be able to meet virtually with the KCAIC field…

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Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bill Murphy designated Economic Development Master Practitioner

Feb 23, 2021

TOPEKA – Kansas Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Bill Murphy recently completed an Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) course, attaining the designation of Economic Development Master Practitioner (EDMP). Deputy Secretary Murphy is among fewer than 100 economic development professionals with this designation in the United States, with just one other…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces New Effort to Support Kansas Businesses in COVID-19 Recovery

Feb 23, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that funding provided to Kansas’ hospitality industry through the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund has been converted from bridge loans to grants. Originally established as a working capital loan program through NetWork Kansas, these funds will no longer need to be paid…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces KANSASWORKS Virtual Job Fair Begins Today

Feb 23, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the next KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair will begin today, Feb. 23. The fair will continue through Thursday, Feb. 25. The virtual fair will allow job seekers to easily live chat with employers from across the state through computers and mobile devices.  Click…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces new KANSASWORKS.com Site to Connect Job Seekers with Kansas Employers

Feb 22, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced the launch of the newly redesigned KANSASWORKS.com website to provide a more user-friendly experience for job seekers and employers. Dubbed KANSASWORKS: NextGen, the new site features an updated user interface, making it easier for employers and job seekers to find the services they…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Nearly $14 Million in Grants for Rural Kansas Communities

Feb 11, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced 32 rural Kansas communities will receive a share of $13,864,149 in federal grants to assist with community development projects. Through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program facilitated by the Kansas Department of Commerce Community Development Division, these federal grants are being awarded…

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Governor Laura Kelly Applauds Eurofins Viracor on New, 110,000-Square-Foot Lenexa Facility

Feb 10, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the recent announcement from Eurofins Viracor of its new 110,000-square-foot, all-purpose facility in Lenexa. Eurofins Viracor, Inc. is a provider of clinical specialty laboratory results to medical providers, transplant teams, and biopharmaceutical companies that also recently began providing COVID-19 testing. In addition to…

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Governor Kelly announces the Federal Paycheck Protection Program Reopens Applications for Forgivable Loans

Feb 5, 2021

TOPEKA – With the launch of 2021 Coronavirus relief programs, Governor Kelly today announced Kansans can begin submitting applications to the 2021 Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for forgivable loans to small businesses. “Kansas small businesses have been among those hardest hit by COVID-19,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “The Paycheck…

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