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Governor Kelly Announces $10M for Broadband Projects in Rural Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $10 million has been awarded to 12 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the latest round of Broadband Acceleration Grants. The awards will be paired with an additional $12.7 million in matching funds, resulting in an investment of nearly $22.7 million for high-speed broadband access projects across 14 rural Kansas counties. Kansas Tourism, Visit Wichita Partnering to Host 2025 TBEX Summit Kansas Tourism and Visit Wichita are proud to announce Wichita as the host city for the Travel Blogger Exchange (TBEX) Summit on October 1-4, 2025. This esteemed event will bring together leading travel bloggers, influencers, journalists, content creators and tourism industry professionals from around the globe to explore and enjoy the heart of the country. Commerce Launches Statewide Exporters Roundtable Series he International Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce today announced it will begin a monthly Kansas Exporters Roundtable series in July. With three-quarters of potential customers located outside of the United States, Commerce will visit 12 cities across the state and offer assistance for small- to medium-sized Kansas companies. Kansas Launches National Campaign to Attract and Retain Talent Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland, alongside leaders from across the state, today unveiled Love, Kansas, a dynamic talent attraction campaign aimed at boosting Kansas’ population by inviting past residents to choose the Sunflower State as their future home. This national marketing initiative will highlight Kansas as an exceptional place to live, work and raise a family, with a special emphasis on “boomerangs” – individuals with previous ties to the state. View All

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Kansas Launches National Campaign to Attract and Retain Talent

Jul 1, 2024

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPPk35Ld8hQ&t=8s TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland, alongside leaders from across the state, today unveiled Love, Kansas, a dynamic talent attraction campaign aimed at boosting Kansas’ population by inviting past residents to choose the Sunflower State as their future home. This national marketing initiative will highlight…

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Commerce Expands Funding Opportunities for Arts and Culture in Kansas

Jan 16, 2024

TOPEKA — Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced the launch of two new Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) grant programs, Arts Everywhere Grants and General Operating Support Grants, ushering in a new era of support for the arts in Kansas. The enhanced grant programs reflect…

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Commerce Announces First ‘Made in Kansas’ Participants

Nov 8, 2023

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced 13 manufacturers have been accepted into the department’s Made in Kansas program. Made in Kansas is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce to help promote Kansas manufacturers to customers across Kansas and around the globe. The Made…

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Kansas Commerce Department Hires New International Director

Sep 15, 2023

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today Laura Lombard has been named the agency’s new International Director. Lombard brings 15 years of experience in international relations and business development to the position, most recently serving as President and CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services in…

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UK Conformity Assessed

Aug 31, 2022

In this program, you will hear from private sector and Commercial Service experts about the new certification requirement, when and how to use the UKCA mark, rules for usage, technical documentation and record keeping, alternative options, Register Here

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Governor Laura Kelly Promotes Kansas in Open Letter to State’s College Graduates

Jun 30, 2022

Governor Laura Kelly visited Indy Brew Works on a recent trip to Independence. TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today sent an open letter to recent college graduates across Kansas, encouraging them to put down roots in the state. In the letter, she highlighted many of Kansas’ main attractions: low unemployment, a…

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Kansas Department of Commerce International Division Receives more than $160,000 for Export Development

Oct 26, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announcement of a $163,617 award to the Kansas Department of Commerce’s International Division through SBA’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). Through STEP, states competitively apply for and receive financial awards to assist small businesses in their…

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Governor Kelly Declares Manufacturing Day 2021

Oct 1, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly issued a Proclamation, declaring today as Manufacturing Day in Kansas, which marks the beginning of October as Manufacturing Month. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1wbtpGClF8&ab_channel=KansasManufacturingSolutions Learn more about Manufacturing Day, including a full schedule of events, from our partners at Kansas Manufacturing Solutions.

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Department of Commerce seeking new Individual Development Account Administrator

Oct 1, 2021

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce issued a Request for Proposals seeking qualified organizations to administer the Individual Development Account (IDA) program. The Kansas IDA program allows qualified organizations the opportunity to provide a match on deposits made by low-income participants who are saving to buy a home;…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Relaunch of Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment Program

Mar 25, 2021

TOPEKA - Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program has relaunched to assist unemployed Kansans with job searches and career counseling. “By connecting unemployed Kansans with the resources needed to secure a high-quality job, the RESEA program will improve our economy, communities, and the…

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