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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 Laura Kelly Announces Nearly $2M to Boost Tourism Industry

Oct 28, 2022

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Kansas Tourism, in partnership with the Patterson Family Foundation, is providing nearly $2 million to eight tourism projects across the state to enhance the state’s growing tourism industry. Tourism Attraction Sub-grants for Kansas (TASK) were presented by Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce…

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Kansas Tourism Announces 15 Tourism Marketing Grant Award Recipients

Oct 7, 2022

TOPEKA – Kansas Tourism has announced the Tourism Marketing Grant Program recipients for 2022. The Tourism Marketing Grant is an ongoing grant program designed to assist tourism organizations or businesses with new and innovative advertising and marketing projects. Kansas Tourism Director Bridgette Jobe, along with Tourism staff, spent this week…

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New Kansas Tourism Video Showcases Racing in Kansas

Sep 12, 2022

TOPEKA – Kansas Tourism has released the latest chapter in its ongoing Story Series. Full Throttle and Full Heart: Kansas Racing features Kansas native drivers sharing the magic of racing in Kansas. “The racing industry is a valuable part of the economic success in many Kansas communities,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland…

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Kansas Tourism Releases New Story Series Episode that Explores the State's Natural History

Jul 18, 2022

TOPEKA – Kansas Tourism has released an inspiring promotional video exploring the state’s rich natural history and examining the fossils and rocks that tell the story of an ancient ocean-covered Kansas. Secret Kansas: Uncovering Our History is the sixth episode in the “To The Stories” Series which explores the places…

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KANSAS! Magazine Wins Gold at International Awards

Jun 15, 2022

TOPEKA – KANSAS! Magazine has received a Gold Award for its history feature titled “200 Years of the Santa Fe Trail” at the 42nd annual International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) awards presentation. The award-winning feature, published in fall 2021 by writer Beccy Tanner, illustrates the importance the Santa Fe Trail had…

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The Smoke Show: Kansas Tourism Releases New Story Series Episode Featuring BBQ

Jun 13, 2022

TOPEKA – Kansas Tourism has released a new Story Series episode, this time showcasing Kansas barbecue pit masters and mouth-watering smoked meat from across the state. Viewers are advised not to watch the video hungry. Episode 5, “The Smoke Show: A Story of Kansas BBQ,” features barbecue made by the special…

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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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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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