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Governor Kelly Announces EMP Shield Plans to Build $1.9 Billion, 1,200-Job Computer Chip Manufacturing Facility in Coffey County

Feb 20, 2023

BURLINGTON – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that EMP Shield, an industry leader in protecting electronic devices from destructive magnetic pulses, plans to invest $1.9 billion in a computer chip manufacturing facility in Burlington. The facility will create more than 1,200 jobs averaging $66,000 annually. EMP Shield will build its…

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Commerce Encourages Jobseekers to Attend this Month’s Statewide Virtual Job Fair

Feb 16, 2023

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland encourages jobseekers and employers to participate in the next Statewide Virtual Job Fair, hosted by KANSASWORKS, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 22. “Between Kansas companies expanding and more businesses choosing to relocate here, the Kansas economy is…

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Kansas Tourism Announces $400,000 Available in Attraction Development Grants

Feb 14, 2023

TOPEKA – Kansas Tourism today announced the Attraction Development Grant program is open for applications. A total of $400,000 is available. Attraction Development Grants provide strategic economic assistance to public or private entities, or not-for-profit groups, that are developing new or enhancing existing tourism attraction in the state. The deadline…

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$850,000 Funding Announced for Downtown Building Revitalization

Feb 13, 2023

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced $850,000 has been made available to fund a new round of Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) grants. The HEAL program, which is funded by the Department of Commerce and the Patterson Family Foundation, provides grants to small communities across the…

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Office of Broadband to Launch ‘Kansas Broadband Roadshow'

Feb 10, 2023

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced the Kansas Office of Broadband Development will take its “Kansas Broadband Roadshow” across the state beginning this week. Starting in Emporia on Wednesday, February 15, Broadband staff will travel the state to learn directly from Kansans about internet…

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Governor Kelly Announces 37 Rural Mural Projects Completed in 2022

Feb 3, 2023

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that 37 murals were completed in 14 Kansas communities in 2022 through the Office of Rural Prosperity’s (ORP) Rural Mural and Public Art Grant Programming. These grants helped communities with fewer than 10,000 residents create murals and public art projects to beautify public…

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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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