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Governor Kelly Announces Integra Technologies to Invest $1.8B, Create Nearly 2,000 Jobs with Wichita Semiconductor Plant

Feb 2, 2023

~Second-Largest Economic Development Project in State History Will Advance National Security Efforts~ TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced Kansas-based Integra Technologies plans to invest $1.8 billion in a large-scale semiconductor facility in Wichita. This is the second-largest private investment in Kansas history. The facility will establish Wichita as integral…

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Department of Commerce announces $40 Million in New Housing and Tourism Grant Programs

Jan 30, 2023

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced $40 million will be made available under the ARPA Building Opportunities for the Disabled and Elderly (ABODE) and State Park Revitalization and Investment in Notable Tourism (SPRINT) grant programs. The ABODE program will provide $10 million in funding for new construction…

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Kansas Day Campaign Pays Homage to 150 Years of ‘Home on the Range’

Jan 30, 2023

TOPEKA – On Sunday, January 29, Kansas celebrated its 162nd birthday. To commemorate the day, Kansas Tourism released a video that pays tribute to the poem turned song, Home on the Range, originally penned 150 years ago near Athol. The lyrics of the world-renowned melody echo the aspirations, values and…

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Governor Kelly Announces First Virtual Job Fair of 2023

Jan 20, 2023

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly invites jobseekers to participate in the first Virtual Job Fair of 2023, hosted by KANSASWORKS. This virtual fair will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, and will highlight employment opportunities within many of the state’s 98 government agencies. There are close…

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Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $45 Million to Connect Kansans to High-Speed Internet

Jan 18, 2023

~Nearly 18,500 Locations Connected to High-Speed Internet in Final Phase of Kansas Capital Project Funds Program~ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $44.5 million will be awarded to nine service providers to extend high-speed internet to 18,468 locations in 15 underserved counties across the state. This is the third…

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Department of Commerce announces Building a Stronger Economy (BASE) 2.0 Grant Application

Jan 3, 2023

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced $50 million will fund a second round of projects under the Building a Stronger Economy (BASE) grant program. BASE 2.0 will continue addressing infrastructure and economic development needs that were delayed or slowed due to COVID-19 in an effort to expand…

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Fall 2022 Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) Grant Recipients Announced

Dec 23, 2022

Governor Laura Kelly today announced the recipients of the fall 2022 Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) grants. A total of 15 projects from across the state are receiving almost $773,000 in matching grant funds. HEAL was created in 2021 as a partnership between the Patterson Family Foundation and the Department…

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Kansas Receives Nearly $5.7M to Expand Equitable Broadband Access

Dec 22, 2022

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced Kansas has received nearly $5.7 million to expand broadband access, adoption, and affordability, from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Office. "Communities across the Kansas have enormous potential for a new chapter of innovation and success," Governor Laura Kelly…

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Governor Kelly Announces Kansas Tops $15B in Private Sector Investments Since 2019

Dec 20, 2022

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that since her administration took office in 2019, Kansas has attracted more than $15 billion in private sector investment. This significant economic development milestone has resulted in more than 53,000 jobs created or retained.  “My administration has made Kansas a state where businesses have…

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Commerce Announces SEED Grant Recipients Supporting Economic Development

Dec 16, 2022

Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced the award recipients for the new Strategic Economic Expansion and Development (SEED) grant program. In total, 61 recipients will receive nearly $2.7 million to invest in small communities across the state.   “SEED grants provide funding for quality-of-life enhancements in some…

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