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Virtual Job Fair to Highlight Hundreds of State Agency Opportunities Jobseekers are encouraged to attend the upcoming State of Kansas Agencies Virtual Job Fair from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 27. This month’s virtual fair, hosted by KANSASWORKS, will feature many exciting employment opportunities available across the state’s 98 government agencies. Currently, there are more than 700 vacancies across the state. Governor Kelly Travels to Japan, South Korea to Create More Jobs for Kansans This week, Governor Laura Kelly traveled to Japan and South Korea to participate in the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association (MWJA/JMWA) Conference. While there, she met with business leaders to continue building on Kansas’ historic economic development success and create new job opportunities for Kansas workers. Kansas Commerce Department Hires New International Director 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 Wichita. Governor Kelly Announces Funding to Grow Small Business Exports Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded $200,000 to the Kansas Department of Commerce to expand the state’s robust export sector, which hit an all-time high of $13.97 billion in 2022. The agency’s International Division oversees the administration of the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) award, enabling eligible businesses to leverage these funds for conducting focused activities that promote export growth. View All


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Kansas Commerce at Work

Kansas Commerce at Work is a weekly series that shares the stories and accomplishments of the state’s lead economic development agency. From big wins to community-focused programs and resources, stay tuned to hear more from a department on the move.

Private Companies are Exporting Kansas Brand and Products at Record Pace
April 21, 2023

Even as Kansas achieves record-breaking, historic economic development success, the state isn’t slowing down. Instead, Kansas is flexing its muscle as a top exporter and the best place for international companies to do business. Efforts …

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HEAL Projects Breathing Life into Downtowns Across Kansas
April 14, 2023

All across Kansas, once vacant and dilapidated downtown buildings now are bustling with activity. A new strategy of timely investments in Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) grants rolled out by Governor Laura Kelly’s administration are …

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GROWKS Loan and Equity Programs Winning Awards as They Assist Companies
April 7, 2023

The Kansas Department of Commerce and NetWork Kansas are working together to tear down barriers many entrepreneurs face when starting a business. In August 2022, Commerce — the state’s economic development engine — and NetWork Kansas, …

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Housing a Critical Component of Economic Development
March 31, 2023

Kansas’ record-setting pace in economic development means significant job growth, with the state creating or retaining almost 56,000 jobs since Governor Laura Kelly took office in 2019. That has the Kelly administration aggressively tackling a …

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Kansas Broadband Roadshow Gathering Useful Information from Real Kansans
March 24, 2023

In parts of Kansas, it’s easy for people to go online whenever and wherever they want.   But for too many Kansans, high-speed internet access is anything but a mouse click away. The ongoing challenge of …

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Kansas Takes Bold Steps Forward-Preparing Residents for Critical, In-Demand Careers
March 17, 2023

Chandler Roetzer’s highest priority is providing a good life for his family here in Kansas, which is why he’s developing high-tech job skills that will be in demand now and in the future. Roetzer, 26, …

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Kansas Continues its Award-Winning, Record-Setting Streak
March 10, 2023

Once overlooked and underestimated in economic development, Kansas has achieved the unexpected with record-shattering success — and one prestigious award after another. For the first time in state history, Kansas won the coveted 2021 Governor’s …

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