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Kansas Awarded Third Consecutive Gold Shovel from Area Development Magazine

Jun 6, 2023

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that for the third straight year, Kansas has won Area Development magazine’s coveted Gold Shovel Award. The back-to-back-to-back accolade has no precedent in state history and reflects three consecutive years of record-setting private-sector investment. “Every day, my administration works to grow the economy…

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Spring 2023 Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) Grant Recipients Announced

Jun 5, 2023

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced the recipients of the spring 2023 Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) grants. A total of 17 projects from across the state are receiving nearly $918,000 in matching grant funds. The Patterson Family Foundation and Department of Commerce paired up…

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Governor Kelly Announces 14 Rural Communities Receiving Funding for the Creation of New Murals

Jun 2, 2023

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced 14 communities will receive funding through the Office of Rural Prosperity’s Rural Mural and Public Art grant program. The $76,071 in grants awarded will allow communities to create 38 new murals and public art projects that engage community residents and create a place…

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Kansas Commerce Department Announces Training Opportunities Available to Employers Through KTRAIN

Jun 1, 2023

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced the rebranding of the Kansas Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand (AID) program to Kansas Training and Retention Aligned with Industry Need (KTRAIN). In partnership with the Kansas Board of Regents, the Kansas Department of Commerce had developed Workforce…

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Kansas Launches Broadband Speed Test and Comprehensive Expansion Plan

May 30, 2023

TOPEKA – The Kansas Office of Broadband Development is developing a comprehensive strategic plan to expand broadband infrastructure statewide and ensure every Kansan has access to reliable high-speed internet. To assist in this and provide accurate data for the plan, the department is calling on residents to participate in an…

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Nominations Open for Minority and Women Enterprise Development Awards

May 25, 2023

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Department of Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced the call for nominations for the 2023 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards. These annual awards, now in their 38th year at Commerce, are just one way the agency acknowledges and observes the growing impact minority- and women-led…

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Communities Across Kansas Receive Nearly $3.2M CDBG Grant Funding

May 24, 2023

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced 10 communities received almost $3.2 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. Grant awards were made in three categories: Water and Sewer, Commercial Rehabilitation, and Housing. The three programs, which provide crucial funding for community development projects…

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Governor Kelly Announces Kansas Tops $16B in Business Investments Since 2019

May 22, 2023

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that since her administration took office in 2019, Kansas has attracted more than $16 billion in private sector investment. This significant economic development milestone has resulted in more than 57,000 jobs created or retained.  “My administration works every day to grow our economy so…

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Governor Kelly Congratulates Schwan's for Completion of Major Pizza Plant Expansion in Salina Creating 225 Jobs

May 19, 2023

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly congratulated Schwan’s Company officials as they held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the completion of a 400,000-square-foot expansion of its pizza manufacturing facility in Salina. In November, Governor Kelly joined Schwan’s leaders to announce the expansion, which will create 225 new jobs.  “Schwan’s continued investment…

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Governor Kelly Breaks Ground on Rock Island Railroad Bridge Project in Kansas City

May 16, 2023

~The Nation’s First Entertainment District on a Bridge will Feature Restaurants, Shops, Bars and More~ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today joined Kansas City, Kansas government officials for a groundbreaking celebration marking the beginning of construction on redevelopment of the Rock Island Bridge. The Rock Island Bridge in Kansas City,…

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