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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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Sector Development

The Kansas Office of Innovation is dedicated to driving sustainable economic growth across Kansas by strategically fostering innovation in key sectors. We are committed to pioneering initiatives that propel targeted industries forward, cultivating a dynamic environment where businesses flourish, communities prosper, and the spirit of innovation becomes the catalyst for positive change.

2024 Kansas Target Sectors

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Distribution, Logistics, and Transportation
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Professional and Technical Services
  • Animal Health and Biosciences
  • Transformative Technologies
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Target Sectors


To align with the evolving economic landscape in Kansas, the Office of Innovation has expanded its focus on the target sectors outlined in our Framework for Growth.

2024 Target Sector Priorities

  • Develop and implement comprehensive sector-specific strategies and initiatives aimed at fostering economic growth within the FFG’s targeted sectors.
  • Conduct research and analysis to identify opportunities, challenges, and trends within the targeted sectors.
  • Collaborate with industry leaders, stakeholders, and government officials to support sector development efforts.
  • Identify and recommend policy changes and other measures to promote the growth of the targeted sectors

Innovation = Economic Development

As a part of the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Office of Innovation recognizes the vital link between innovation and economic development. By nurturing a culture of innovation, the Office supports the creation and implementation of new Sector Growth Strategies and Initiatives that will drive Kansas’ economic growth and resilience in 2024 and beyond. The Office of Innovation aims to position Kansas as a global leader in innovation, leveraging its unique assets and opportunities.

Business in Kansas

Kansas has been, and continues to be, aggressive in its efforts to grow our economy. Major companies such as Panasonic, Kubota, Merck Animal Health, Geico, PBI Gordon, Garmin, Overstock.com, Amazon, Kiewit, Mars, Hostess Brands, AMC Theatres, Dairy Farmers of America, ServiceMaster and General Motors all have chosen Kansas as their preferred business location.

These companies selected Kansas due to the business advantages our state offers, which can translate to increased performance and profits.

Made in Kansas

Discover the sunflower state’s finest products, crafted with pride by the skilled hands of Kansas makers. Made in Kansas showcases the state’s vibrant manufacturing industry, highlighting the diversity, quality, and innovation that defines our state.

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Cory Lee Keller, Sector Development Specialist

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Kansas Office of Innovation

The Office of Innovation is dedicated to driving sustainable economic growth across Kansas by strategically fostering innovation in key sectors. We are committed to pioneering initiatives that propel targeted industries forward, cultivating a dynamic environment where businesses flourish, communities prosper, and the spirit of innovation becomes the catalyst for positive change.

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