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The latest news in Kansas economic development

There’s always something new in the world of Kansas economic development. Whether it’s community success stories, business expansions or other exciting developments, this is the place to learn more about progress in Kansas.

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Business Successes

Kansas is a smart investment for businesses looking to locate and expand their operations. Businesses select Kansas due to distinct business advantages that translate to increased performance and profits. Take a look at the new businesses that have found success in Kansas.
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Pretzels, LLC
December 9, 2020

Pretzels, LLC has announced plans to build a 146,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in the Lawrence Venture Park. The new facility will result in 281 new jobs and $88 million in new capital investment. The …

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Industrial Service Technologies
November 9, 2020

IST has announced it will bring its company headquarters and metal fabrication division to Tonganoxie, Kansas. The company plans to employ up to 37 people within five years. IST is constructing a 6,400 square foot …

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Modern Manufacturing
September 17, 2020

Modern Manufacturing has announced plans to open a new U.S. production facility in Eudora, Kansas, with 78 new jobs projected. The central location will feature state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to produce high quality signaling equipment for the railroad industry. The …

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Great Plains Manufacturing / Kubota
August 13, 2020

Great Plains Manufacturing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese affiliate Kubota North America Corporation, announced their upcoming purchase of a 750,000 sq. ft. building to further invest in their Salina, Kansas, operations in support of growing …

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Schwan’s Company
August 11, 2020

August 10, 2020 – Schwan’s Company, a leading food producer in the United States, has announced plans to build a new 400,000-square-foot expansion at its pizza-manufacturing facility in Salina, Kansas. The announcement of the project …

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Urban Outfitters (URBN)
August 5, 2020

Urban Outfitters’(URBN), has announced The Kansas Speedway will be home to its new 880,000 square foot distribution center. This exciting partnership between the State of Kansas and Urban Outfitters will bring nearly 2,000 new jobs and …

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Merck Animal Health
June 29, 2020

Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, announced an investment of $100 million in facility expansion and enhancement efforts in its U.S. manufacturing site in DeSoto, Kansas. Investments to the …

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Tuthill Corporation
June 22, 2020

Tuthill Corporation has announced the opening of a new manufacturing site for Fill-Rite pumps and products located in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Expansion with the Lenexa, Kansas site will support Tuthill’s business and commercial model …

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Dot’s Pretzels, LLC
June 10, 2020

Dot’s Pretzels, LLC, selected Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton, Kansas, for their new manufacturing facility. The premiere pretzel brand in North America plans to begin operations later this year in the new facilitate that …

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Anderson & Forrester
May 21, 2020

Anderson & Forrester, founded in 1928 and a leader in orifice and conversion fitting needs, announced they will relocate their Denver operations to Clearwater, Kansas. The company credits Kansas’ highly skilled workforce and low cost …

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Black Canyon Home & Body
April 15, 2020

Black Canyon Home & Body, a Utah based business that manufactures, and sells beauty products such as; body lotions, hand sanitizer, perfumes, bath salts, shampoo and other hair products has announced their decision to relocate …

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Wilson Glass
March 25, 2020

Wilson Glass from St. Joseph, MO announced plans to build a 5,000 square foot manufacturing facility in the Urban Hess Business Park in Tonganoxie, Kansas. The company manufactures window frames and installs windows throughout the …

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Superior Boiler
March 25, 2020

Superior Boiler announced it will relocate its Richmond, Virginia, subsidiary to Hutchinson, Kansas. The company expects to add more than 50 jobs in Hutchinson over the next three to five years and all 30 employees who …

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Prosperiti Partners, LLC
March 2, 2020

Prosperiti Partners, LLC, based in Springfield, Missouri, has announced plans to acquire a 400,000 plus square foot former manufacturing building, and establish a state-of-the-art production facility in the Coffeyville, KS Industrial Park that will bring …

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Reiloy USA
February 18, 2020

Reiloy USA announced they are expanding their advanced manufacturing capabilities and capacity with plans to invest more than $20 million in a new building and new machinery to grow the German-owned company’s footprint in Maize. With …

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MMGY Global
January 24, 2020

MMGY will relocate its business operation to a new facility in downtown Overland Park, Kansas. MMGY provides integrated marketing and advertising services to clients in the travel industry. They are planning to bring 157 jobs …

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A Place for Mom, Inc.
January 14, 2020

A Place for Mom, Inc. (APFM) announced today the opening of its new office in Overland Park, Kansas. The largest senior care referral service in North America, with offices in Seattle, New York City and …

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Empirical Foods
December 23, 2019

Empirical Foods to Bring 300 Jobs to Garden City, KS. The empirical family of companies, formerly known as Beef Products Inc. (BPI), announced on Dec. 23 that it will start constructing a new ground beef facility …

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Walmart
December 11, 2019

Walmart has selected Topeka, Kansas to become the site of a new 1.8 million sq. ft distribution center. The company will invest $200 million and create 300 full-time jobs over the next five years. Walmart will …

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Regal Art & Gift
December 5, 2019

Regal Art & Gift, a wholesale garden decor supplier, will open a new distribution operation in Olathe, KS. The company plans to hire up to 20 employees and will invest $5.48M in capital. Founded in …

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Tool Source Warehouse Inc.
November 11, 2019

Tool Source Warehouse Inc., a Georgia-based wholesale tool distributor, announced it had signed a lease in a building at Lenexa Logistics Centre South. The company plans to occupy 153,000 square feet and create 25 jobs. …

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Provision Healthcare LLC
October 24, 2019

Provision Healthcare LLC, a vertically integrated company that manufactures proton therapy systems and owns and operates the cancer centers it develops, will build a 40,000-square-foot proton therapy center and a 90,000-square-foot medical office building on …

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ITRenew, Inc.
October 16, 2019

ITRenew, Inc. a leading global IT lifecycle management solutions provider based in Silicon Valley announced plans to expand operations to Olathe, KS. The company plans on creating up to 100 net new jobs over the next …

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Western Green
July 12, 2019

Western Green, a leading manufacturer of Rolled Erosion Control and Sediment Control Products, announced that they would open a new manufacturing facility in McPherson, Kansas. Western Green is projected to begin renovations of an existing …

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Railway Service Contractors
July 1, 2019

Railway Service Contractors will relocate its business operations to Wyandotte county, Kansas.  They will bring 12 new jobs and $670,000 of new capital investment to their new location.  The company performs locomotive and rail equipment, service, …

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1 Vision Aviation
June 20, 2019

1 Vision Aviation is planning to set up shop in Salina, bringing with it 50 jobs initially, and within three years up to 450 jobs. 1 Vision is currently headquartered in Sioux City, Iowa, and is FAA …

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Johns Manville (JM)
June 12, 2019

Johns Manville (JM), a global building and specialty products manufacturer and a Berkshire Hathaway Company, announced today a new Climate Pro® blowing wool production line will be built in McPherson, Kan. JM will begin construction …

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Quest Analytics
June 11, 2019

Quest Analytics will bring 143 new jobs and over $5 million of new capital investment to Overland Park, Kansas.  Quest Analytics is a healthcare tech company that designs and develops health plan provider network management software …

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Hostess Brands, LLC
May 8, 2019

Hostess Brands, LLC, announced the opening of a new distribution center located in Edgerton, Kansas. The new location creates synergies with proximity to Hostess’s corporate office as well as its Emporia bakery, access to a …

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Hostess Brands, LLC
May 8, 2019

Hostess Brands, LLC, announced the company will be moving its corporate headquarters to Lenexa, Kansas. The partnership between Hostess Brands, LLC and the state of Kansas over the past several years has allowed the company to …

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CarMax
May 6, 2019

CarMax, a member of the Fortune 500 and S&P 500, announced it will open a new Customer Experience Center this July in Olathe, Kansas, part of the Kansas City metro. The nation’s largest retailer of …

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UPG Solutions
April 30, 2019

UPG Solutions will bring 85 new jobs and $3.8 million of new capital investment to Leawood, Kan.  UPG provides proposal management software services and solutions to its customers.

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Faith Technologies
April 23, 2019

Faith Technologies, an energy expert in electrical planning, engineering, design and installation will expand its operation to Olathe, Kansas including its manufacturing division. The project will bring more than 780 positions and almost $40 million …

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AmeriLife Holdings
March 26, 2019

AmeriLife Holdings will relocate its business and expand its operations in Overland Park, Kansas. The company will bring 61 new jobs and $1.25 million of new capital investment to Kansas. AmeriLife provides insurance benefits and insurance consulting services.

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Card Compliant
March 10, 2019

Card Compliant will relocate its operations to Leawood, Kansas and expand its business in this state.   The company will bring 43 new jobs and almost $3.0 million of new capital investment to this state.  Card Compliant …

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SelectQuote Insurance Services
March 4, 2019

SelectQuote Insurance Services will bring over 900 new jobs and $10 million of new capital investment to Overland Park, Kan.  SelectQuote is an insurance agency that utilizes a sales center format to offer comparison shopping for …

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The Lewer Agency
March 3, 2019

The Lewer Agency will relocate its business and bring 52 new jobs and $3.5 million of new capital investment to Overland Park, Kansas. The Lewer Agency is a nationally licensed managing general insurance agency and third-party …

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Loomis Armored Us, LLC
March 1, 2019

Swedish-owned armored car service, Loomis Armored Us, LLC, will relocate regional operations to Kansas City, Kansas to allow for future growth.

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TrueAccord
February 19, 2019

TrueAccord, a San Francisco-based FinTech company, announced today it will invest $1.34 million in a new shared services operation in Lenexa, KS. The company will create more than 150 jobs in a 12,000-sq.-ft. office space. …

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Mears Group
February 14, 2019

Mears Group will bring 55 new jobs and almost $2.0 million of new capital investment to Lenexa, Kansas. This project involves a regional headquarters operation that provides services in gas and electric transmission, gas and electric distribution, …

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Honeywell International Inc.
February 7, 2019

Honeywell International Inc., announced plans to expand the Olathe, KS facility by adding over 100 jobs to their repair and overhaul division. The company’s Olathe location currently manufactures safety and flight control systems, weather radar …

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Kennyhertz Perry Law
February 4, 2019

Kennyhertz Perry Law will bring 11 new jobs and $1.5M of new capital investment to Mission Woods, Kansas.

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Receivables Performance Management Relocation
January 15, 2019

Receivables Performance Management will relocate operations from out of state and establish a new office location in Wichita, KS. The company specializes in accounts receivable management and will create 150 new jobs over a five-year …

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AG613
January 15, 2019

AG613 will relocate its business to Leawood, Kansas and bring 22 new jobs and over $2.0 million of new capital investment to this state.  AG613 is a real estate management company providing back-end support for the …

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Press Releases

Stay up to date with the latest information on Kansas businesses, grants and opportunities for communities from the Kansas Department of Commerce.
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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Main Street Program Additions
March 2, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced the selection of Atchison, Baldwin City, and Junction City as the newest members of the Kansas Main Street program, bringing the total number of designated Main Street communities in …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Novacoast to Bring 60 New Jobs to Wichita
February 25, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced cybersecurity company Novacoast’s investment in Wichita. Novacoast announced its intention to open a Security Operations Center in Wichita. The company plans to initially hire 60 employees with plans …

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Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission to hold Informational Grant webinar today
February 24, 2021

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced that the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) will host an informational webinar to introduce the Kansas arts community to its field representative team and provide …

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Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bill Murphy designated Economic Development Master Practitioner
February 23, 2021

TOPEKA – Kansas Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Bill Murphy recently completed an Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) course, attaining the designation of Economic Development Master Practitioner (EDMP). Deputy Secretary Murphy is among fewer than …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces New Effort to Support Kansas Businesses in COVID-19 Recovery
February 23, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that funding provided to Kansas’ hospitality industry through the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund has been converted from bridge loans to grants. Originally established as a working …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces KANSASWORKS Virtual Job Fair Begins Today
February 23, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the next KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair will begin today, Feb. 23. The fair will continue through Thursday, Feb. 25. The virtual fair will allow job seekers to …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces new KANSASWORKS.com Site to Connect Job Seekers with Kansas Employers
February 22, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced the launch of the newly redesigned KANSASWORKS.com website to provide a more user-friendly experience for job seekers and employers. Dubbed KANSASWORKS: NextGen, the new site features an updated …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Nearly $14 Million in Grants for Rural Kansas Communities
February 11, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced 32 rural Kansas communities will receive a share of $13,864,149 in federal grants to assist with community development projects. Through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program facilitated …

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Governor Laura Kelly Applauds Eurofins Viracor on New, 110,000-Square-Foot Lenexa Facility
February 10, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the recent announcement from Eurofins Viracor of its new 110,000-square-foot, all-purpose facility in Lenexa. Eurofins Viracor, Inc. is a provider of clinical specialty laboratory results to medical providers, …

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Governor Kelly announces the Federal Paycheck Protection Program Reopens Applications for Forgivable Loans
February 5, 2021

TOPEKA – With the launch of 2021 Coronavirus relief programs, Governor Kelly today announced Kansans can begin submitting applications to the 2021 Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for forgivable loans to small businesses. “Kansas small …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Comprehensive ‘Framework for Growth’ Economic Development Strategy
February 4, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today unveiled Kansas’ new, comprehensive economic development strategic plan, the first of its kind in more than 30 years. The Kansas Framework for Growth is an aggressive strategy to align …

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Governor Laura Kelly Congratulates Plastikon on 50 New Jobs, Continued COVID-19 Response Efforts
January 28, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the announcement that Plastikon Industries will create 50 new positions at its high-tech plant in Lawrence as part of its ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  The …

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Office of Rural Prosperity Announces Successful 2020 Initiatives in Annual Report
January 28, 2021

TOPEKA – Today Governor Laura Kelly, Lt. Governor David Toland, and Treasurer Lynn Rogers announced the release of the Office of Rural Prosperity’s (ORP) 2020 Annual Report. The report outlines ORP’s policy priorities and the …

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Governor Laura Kelly Proposes Agency Reorganization to Spur Economic Growth
January 25, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced her intent to submit an Executive Reorganization Order (ERO) to the Kansas Legislature relocating the State’s Tourism Division to the Kansas Department of Commerce. The move comes as …

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Governor Laura Kelly, Department of Commerce Seek Public Input for Broadband Office Grant Program
January 21, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the Kansas Department of Commerce has established an opportunity for the public to learn more about the Office of Broadband Development’s Broadband Acceleration Grant program and provide …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas Receives National Recognition for Wind Energy Production, Capacity
January 11, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the state of Kansas has once again been recognized as a national leader in wind energy, with Business Facilities Magazine noting lofty rankings for Kansas when compared …

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Commerce Secretary David Toland Sworn in as Lt. Governor of Kansas Today
January 4, 2021

TOPEKA – David Toland was sworn in as the 52nd Lieutenant Governor of Kansas in a ceremony today at the Kansas Statehouse.  Toland has served in the Kelly Administration as Secretary of Commerce since his …

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Year in Review: Despite Pandemic, Kelly Administration Reaches Historic Accomplishments
December 30, 2020

TOPEKA – As 2020 ends, the Kelly Administration highlights progress made in Kansas despite unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we enter 2021, it’s important that we do not let the events of …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Start to 2021 Exporter of the Year Award Nominations
December 23, 2020

TOPEKA—Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the Kansas Department of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award. The Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award is the highest honor …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Intention to Appoint Commerce Secretary David Toland to Become Lieutenant Governor
December 14, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced her intention to appoint David Toland, Secretary for the Kansas Department of Commerce, to become her Lieutenant Governor when current Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers vacates the position in …

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Broadband Acceleration Grant Program now accepting submissions
December 11, 2020

TOPEKA – Prospective applicants for the Broadband Acceleration Grant Program at the Kansas Department of Commerce now may submit their intent to apply. The program was created to expand broadband access to rural and underserved …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces New Pretzels, LLC Production Facility in Lawrence
December 9, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced a new Pretzels, LLC production facility in Lawrence. The company announced plans to build a 150,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Venture Park. The company worked closely with …

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Governor Laura Kelly Introduces Program to Provide Broadband Access to Rural and Underserved Communities
November 30, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the introduction of the new Broadband Acceleration Grant Program to expand broadband access to rural and underserved communities across the state. This year marks the first time in …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Three New Openings in Program to Revitalize Downtown Corridors, Strengthen Economic Development
November 23, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the Kansas Main Street program will be accepting applications for up to three new communities in the state interested in joining. The Main Street program – designed to …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Nearly 2,000 Small Businesses Recipients of $37.5 Million in Grants
November 19, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly today announced that nearly 2,000 Kansas small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will receive a share of $37.5 million in Small Business Working Capital (SBWC) grants.

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Governor Kelly Recognizes Creekstone Farms as 2020 Kansas Exporter of the Year
November 19, 2020

TOPEKA –Governor Laura Kelly today recognized Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC as the winner of the 2020 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, the top export business award presented by the state. Creekstone was one …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces New Rural Economic Development Program
November 12, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the creation of the Kansas Main Street Affiliate Community Program, an initiative designed to introduce more Kansas communities to the resources and technical assistance offered through Kansas Main …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces $2 Billion in New Capital Investment in 2020
November 11, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the State of Kansas has officially surpassed $2 billion in new capital investment in 2020. This investment is brought by new economic development projects driven by Governor …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces $224,437 in Community Development Block Grant Award for Fort Scott
October 29, 2020

TOPEKA –Governor Laura Kelly today announced the award of Community Development Block Grants through the Kansas Department of Commerce to assist with a commercial redevelopment project in Fort Scott. The city of Fort Scott has …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Peerless Products Expansion to Create Over 100 Jobs in Iola
October 27, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today celebrated the announcement of Peerless Products, Inc., purchasing a 150,000-square-foot facility in Iola to expand its production capability. Peerless estimates the expansion will create 100 to 120 new full-time …

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KANSASWORKS Virtual Job Fair Begins Tuesday
October 26, 2020

TOPEKA—Governor Laura Kelly today encouraged Kansans to participate in the sixth KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair, which begins tomorrow, October 27 and will continue through Thursday, October 29. The virtual fair will allow job seekers …

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Governor Kelly Announces 250 Jobs with New Empirical Foods Facility in Garden City
October 23, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly Thursday announced the groundbreaking for a new Empirical Foods ground beef facility in Garden City. The planned facility, which is now the largest single investment in the company’s 40-year history, …

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Governor Laura Kelly Celebrates 90 New Jobs in Dodge City at Nor-Am Cold Storage Grand Opening
October 20, 2020

DODGE CITY – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the announcement of a new, 148,000-square-foot Nor-Am Cold Storage facility in Dodge City. This is the sixth facility in the Midwest for Nor-Am and second in Kansas, …

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Governor Laura Kelly Celebrates Economic Development, Innovation at Groundbreaking for Kansas University BTBC Expansion
October 15, 2020

LAWRENCE – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the announcement of the Phase III expansion of the Bioscience & Technology Business Center (BTBC) at the University of Kansas, and introduction of the new KU Innovation Park. …

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Governor Laura Kelly Establishes Office of Broadband Development, Announces Nearly $50 Million in Grants for Broadband Access Expansion
October 8, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly today signed Executive Order #20-67 to establish the Office of Broadband Development and announced the distribution of nearly $50 million in Connectivity Emergency Response Grant (CERG) funds to underserved communities across Kansas.

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Governor Laura Kelly Applauds Department of Commerce State Trade Expansion Program Grant Award
September 30, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on its announcement of a $127,400 award being presented to the Kansas Department of Commerce’s International Division through SBA’s competitive State Trade …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 78 New Jobs in Eudora
September 22, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly and the Kansas Department of Commerce today announced the opening of a new Modern Manufacturing facility in Eudora. Modern Manufacturing is purchasing a building in Eudora’s Intech Business Park for …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 225 New Jobs in Salina
August 19, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Schwan’s Company, a leading food producer in the United States, will build a new 400,000-square-foot expansion at its pizza-manufacturing facility in Salina.

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Governor Laura Kelly Celebrates Third KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair
August 19, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly today celebrated the success of this year’s third KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair, which involved 189 employers and 1,182 jobseekers.

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Community Development Block Grant Recipients
August 19, 2020
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Governor Laura Kelly Applauds Great Plains Manufacturing Salina Expansion
August 19, 2020
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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Second Round of CARES Act Funding Applications to Open August 19 at 12:00 p.m.
August 19, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly has announced businesses will soon be able to apply for a total of more than $130 million in grants to serve those most affected by the pandemic and for companies that …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Department of Commerce’s Third KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair
July 28, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the third KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair will be held today, Tuesday, July 28, through Thursday, July 30. “We need to maintain a strong, healthy workforce in …

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56 Kansas Cities and Counties to Receive Community Development Block Grants to Support Coronavirus Response
July 23, 2020

TOPEKA—Governor Laura Kelly announced today a second round of Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response Supplement (CDBG-CV) funds to 56 Kansas communities. A total of more than $7.2 million is being disbursed to assist communities …

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Governor Laura Kelly and Department of Commerce Launch New Kansas Certified Sites Program
July 22, 2020

TOPEKA—Governor Laura Kelly today announced the Department of Commerce’s launch of the new Kansas Certified Sites program, a critical tool that will help accelerate economic development efforts throughout the state. The program, originally created and …

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Department of Commerce strengthens team with new Deputy Secretary and Community Development Director
July 14, 2020

TOPEKA – Department of Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced the hiring of two economic development professionals to help direct business and community development efforts for the state. William (Bill) Murphy will become the new …

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Commerce Secretary outlines vision for Kansas with Greater Wichita Partnership
July 10, 2020

TOPEKA – Under the direction of Governor Laura Kelly, Secretary of Commerce David Toland this morning outlined key initiatives for participants at the annual Mid-Year Investor Meeting of the Greater Wichita Partnership. Secretary Toland discussed …

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Kelly administration launches KanVet site to help veterans find careers in Kansas
July 10, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the launch of the new KANSASWORKS KanVet website. The new site provides access to State of Kansas veteran-specific resources and benefits on a one-stop, convenient webpage. “Kansas veterans …

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Merck Animal Health Announces $100 Million Investment in its DeSoto, Kansas, Manufacturing Operations
June 29, 2020

DESOTO – Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, today announced an investment of $100 million in facility expansion and enhancement efforts in its U.S. manufacturing site in DeSoto, …

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Department of Commerce extends deadline for Individual Development Account Administrator applications
June 26, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is extending its Request for Proposals seeking qualified organizations to administer the Individual Development Account (IDA) program. The new deadline for applications is July 14. The Kansas IDA …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announced Kansas Wind Farm Construction
June 18, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Enel Green Power has begun construction work on a new 199 MW addition to the Cimarron Bend wind farm in Clark County, Kansas. The $281.4 million expansion …

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Union Pacific and National Main Street Center award grants to support recovery of Kansas Main Streets
June 17, 2020

TOPEKA – The National Main Street Center (NMSC) is pleased to announce the eight recipients of the Union Pacific Kansas Main Street Recovery Fund, a grant program to support the economic recovery of Kansas downtowns …

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Department of Commerce seeking new Individual Development Account Administrator
June 12, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce has 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 …

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Kansas Earns 13th National Silver Shovel Award for Economic Development
June 11, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the State of Kansas has collected another prestigious Silver Shovel for excellence in economic development. Area Development magazine’s annual Silver Shovel award recognizes states for attracting high-value investment …

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66 Kansas cities and counties to receive Community Development Block Grants to support coronavirus response
June 2, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly announced today the award of nearly $9 million in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response Supplement (CDBG-CV) funds to 66 Kansas communities. “Kansans have faced unprecedented challenges during the past few months …

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Governor Kelly Announces $9 Million in Grants to Support Community Responses to Coronavirus
May 11, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that more than $9 million in federal funding will be made available to the state’s Community Development Block Grant program to support community responses to the COVID-19 …

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Department of Commerce introduces new grant program for Kansas arts organizations affected by COVID-19
May 1, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced today that nearly $500,000 in grant funding is being made available to provide operational support to Kansas arts organizations experiencing financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19. …

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Kansas continues to lead in wind energy
April 21, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – Kansas is once again a national leader in wind-generated renewable energy, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Annual Market Report. Kansas ranks No. 2 in the nation for wind energy …

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Alcohol for the Greater Good
April 7, 2020

Happy National Beer Day! With 36 unique breweries across our state, Kansas is no stranger to beer. In any regular year, we would be taking this time to celebrate the different flavors, styles and varieties …

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Department of Commerce introduces Live Chat to help businesses applying for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
April 6, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce launched a Live Chat feature on its COVID-19 Response webpage today specifically to provide support to Kansas businesses and nonprofits applying for Economic Injury Disaster Loans through …

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Department of Commerce launches COVID jobs website
April 1, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce today launched a new jobs website, connecting job seekers with Kansas businesses hiring to fill urgent needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 jobs site, kansasworks.com/coronavirus, allows …

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$5 million of HIRE Fund loans have been awarded to Kansas hospitality businesses
March 24, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – Within 48 hours of Governor Laura Kelly announcing the establishment of the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund, all $5 million allocated for the loan program have been awarded. “The hospitality industry …

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Kansas small businesses eligible for disaster loans from the Small Business Administration
March 21, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration approved her request to make loans of up to $2 million available to small businesses disrupted by coronavirus. The disaster declaration …

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Governor Laura Kelly establishes the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund
March 20, 2020

The Kelly Administration has established the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund to provide bridge loans for Kansas’ hospitality sector during the COVID-19 crisis. The Kelly administration is committed to providing support to our state’s …

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Applications now open for the Community Service Tax Credit Program
March 19, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that applications are now being accepted for the Community Service Tax Credit Program (CSP). CSP assists private nonprofit organizations and public health care entities in …

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KANSASWORKS issues Workforce Centers operations update
March 17, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, KANSASWORKS Workforce Centers will be taking actions to reduce contact and maintain social distancing as directed by the Centers for Disease Control. KANSASWORKS Workforce Centers will remain …

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Kansas Commerce among the best in the nation
March 12, 2020

Topeka, Kan. –The Kansas Department of Commerce is pleased to announce our own Business Recruitment Director, Alicia Janesko Hutchings was named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers for 2020 by Consultant Connect. Congratulations …

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Department of Commerce hires a new Regional Project Manager
March 9, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce welcomes a new Regional Project Manager for Southwestern Kansas. Jonathan Clayton joins Commerce as the Southwest Regional Project Manager covering 18 counties. Clayton previously served in the private …

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Kansas Exports Increase in 2019
March 6, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – Kansas exports totaled $11.6 billion in 2019, up 0.25 percent over 2018. Nationally, U.S. exports experienced a 1.25 percent decline during the same period. “Seeing Kansas exports rise in the face of …

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Federal loans and grants available to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas
March 4, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas State Department of Commerce announces today that applications are being accepted for the second round of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect Program. ReConnect is a USDA program that furnishes loans …

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Kansas Main Street gets a makeover
March 2, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – The popular Kansas Main Street program that was re-established in 2019 now has a new look! The new Kansas Main Street logo was unveiled today by the Kansas Department of Commerce to …

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39 Kansas towns to receive Community Development Block Grants
February 13, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today the award of more than $17 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to 39 Kansas communities.A total of $17,486,103 in federal funds is being …

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Department of Commerce returns to fully staffing its business recruitment team
February 10, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today the addition of Jeff Freeman to the department’s business recruitment team. With this move, the Kansas Department of Commerce business recruitment team is fully staffed …

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Kansas Celebrates Chinese New Year
February 7, 2020

Last month, representatives from the State of Kansas, including International Division Director Jeff Willis, delivered a proclamation from Governor Kelly recognizing the Chinese New Year. The Kansas City Chinese American Association (KCCAA) held a gala …

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Governor Kelly unveils new KANSASWORKS Mobile Workforce Center
January 23, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – Governor Laura Kelly today joined Secretary of Commerce David Toland and KANSASWORKS Vice Chair Carol Perry in unveiling the newest member of the KANSASWORKS Mobile Workforce Center fleet. “Delivering effective workforce services …

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New export assistance grant available to companies across Kansas
January 21, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – Companies based in the state of Kansas have a new tool to help them succeed in selling their goods or services to customers around the world. The Kansas Market Access Program (K-MAP) …

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Kelly Administration Launches Online Incentive Transparency Database
January 9, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced the launch of an incentive transparency database designed to enhance visibility and accountability of economic development incentive programs administered in …

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KANSASWORKS.com Introduces Live Chat Feature
January 6, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – KANSASWORKS and the Kansas Department of Commerce announced today the addition of the live chat feature on KANSASWORKS.com. The new feature allows Kansas residents unable to visit a physical Workforce Center location …

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Jeff Willis Hired to Lead International Division at Commerce
December 20, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary David Toland has appointed Jeff Willis as director of the newly reconstituted International Division at the Kansas Department of Commerce. As director, Willis will lead efforts to grow Kansas exports and …

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Nominations Open for Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award
December 12, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award. International trade is vital to the Kansas economy. In 2018, Kansas companies exported nearly …

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Town Halls Scheduled to Engage Public on Kansas Economic Development
December 2, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today that four town halls have been scheduled to engage the public in the development of the Kansas Framework for Growth, the economic development planning process …

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Department of Commerce Bolsters Business Recruitment Team with Appointment of Peter Ruiz
November 7, 2019

Topeka, Kan. –Secretary of Commerce Toland announced today the addition of Peter Ruiz to the Kansas business recruitment team. Ruiz will serve as a business recruitment representative for the West Coast territory, a position that …

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Kelly Administration Begins Design of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for State
October 7, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today they have kicked off the development of the “Framework for Growth” – a robust strategy to accelerate economic growth in …

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Department of Commerce Announces Minority Enterprise Development Awards and Luncheon
September 26, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development will host its 35th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will be held in the Capitol Plaza …

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Kelly Administration Hosts 2019 Taiwan Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission
September 19, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Governor Laura Kelly, the Kansas Department of Commerce and Department of Agriculture welcomed members of the 2019 Taiwan Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission to Topeka on Thursday. Since 1998, Taiwan has dispatched a …

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Kansas Complete Count Committee Holds First Meeting
September 17, 2019

Wichita, Kan. – The Kansas Complete Count Committee, created through executive order by Governor Laura Kelly in April to assist the U.S. Census Bureau in promoting participation in the 2020 Census, met for the first …

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Commerce appoints Trent Armbrust to lead business development efforts for bioscience and technology sectors
September 13, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced Trent Armbrust will join the Kansas Department of Commerce as director of strategy for Bioscience and Technology effective Sept. 23. This newly created role and …

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Secretary David Toland Announces Agency Restructuring, Opens New Positions
September 11, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland has announced agency-wide restructuring as part of ongoing rebuilding efforts. These actions include the rebuilding of both the Business Development and International Trade Divisions. “Much of the …

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Introducing Arts in Medicine, now Accepting Applications
August 16, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Arts in Medicine, a partnership between the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) and Emporia State University (ESU), is accepting applications from associations, agencies and organizations that provide medical services to Kansans. …

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Faith Technologies and Excellerate Manufacturing Expand Kansas Operations
August 9, 2019

Olathe, Kan – Faith Technologies, an energy expert and national leader in electrical planning, engineering, design and installation, will expand its operations to Olathe, Kansas, including its manufacturing division, Excellerate, and Faith Technologies University. The …

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Secretary David Toland Awards Community Service Tax Credits to Kansas Non-profits
July 30, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today the award of Community Service Tax Credits (CSP) to 17 non-profit organizations to support education, healthcare and housing projects across the state. CSP is a …

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Secretary David Toland reduces fee for businesses seeking Angel Investors
July 23, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today that he has reduced the application fee for businesses seeking to participate in the Angel Investor Tax Credit program. After reducing the application fee from …

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Applications being Accepted for 2019 New Dance Lab
July 3, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The New Dance Lab, a partnership between KCAIC and Johnson County Community College (JCCC), is now accepting applications for 2019. The Lab will allow a select group of established and aspiring dance …

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Bombardier announces new Learjet 75 Liberty
July 2, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Bombardier has announced the new Learjet 75 Liberty, the newest light jet in the lineup of Learjet platforms developed and manufactured in Kansas. Learjet aircraft are assembled in Wichita at Bombardier’s Wichita site. “It’s …

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Special Grants Awarded to 11 Kansas Communities
July 1, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland has announced the award of a special series of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to support 11 rural communities across Kansas. These grants are specifically designed to …

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Governor applauds USDA relocation announcement
June 13, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Gov. Laura Kelly applauded today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to relocate major research agencies from Washington, D.C., to the Kansas City region, along with nearly 600 high-paying federal jobs. …

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Morningstar Care Homes, Pinnacle Technology take home highest honors for Business Appreciation Month
June 6, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Team Kansas and the Kansas Department of Commerce have announced Morningstar Care Homes of Fredonia as the winner of the Governor’s Award of Excellence, the top award given to a business by …

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Mobile Workforce Center coming to Kansas towns
June 3, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The KANSASWORKS Mobile Center is coming to Clay Center, Atchison, Hiawatha and Ottawa communities this year. The Mobile Center is available to serve both job seekers and businesses with positions to fill. Topeka …

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KANSASWORKS Mobile Workforce Center visiting Kansas communities
June 3, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The KANSASWORKS Mobile Center is coming to Clay Center, Atchison, Hiawatha and Ottawa communities this year. The Mobile Center is available to serve both job seekers and businesses with positions to fill. Topeka …

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Mobile Workforce Center to assist residents in Linwood
May 30, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The KANSASWORKS Mobile Workforce Center will be in Linwood today to provide employment services after the tornado. The Mobile Center will arrive in Linwood at 1 p.m. and set up at the …

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Trade opportunities with Mexico showcased in upcoming info sessions
May 22, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Small Business Development Center are hosting several upcoming info sessions on export opportunities to Mexico. To help Kansas companies gain traction in the Mexican …

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Personnel Moves Strengthen Commerce Team
May 17, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced two personnel moves as part of the ongoing restructuring and rebuilding of the Kansas Department of Commerce. To support the goal of strengthening Commerce’s Business …

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Hostess Brands, LLC Opens Distribution Center in Edgerton, Kansas
May 8, 2019

Kansas City, MO – May 8, 2019 – Hostess Brands, LLC, along with The State of Kansas Commerce Department and City of Edgerton, today announced the opening of a new distribution center located in Edgerton, …

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The Kansas Department of Commerce names Craig VanWey Employee of the Quarter
May 8, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is proud to announce Craig VanWey as the Employee of the Quarter for Q1 2019. Governor Laura Kelly honored VanWey and other Employees of the Quarter in …

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Governor announces effort to build comprehensive economic development plan
May 8, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The last time the state of Kansas established a comprehensive plan for economic development was in 1986, with the Redwood-Krider report. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Secretary of Commerce David Toland believe …

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CarMax to Create 300 Jobs in Kansas City Region
May 6, 2019

Olathe, Kan. – The Kansas City Area Development Council joins its partners at the State of Kansas and the City of Olathe in announcing today that CarMax will create approximately 300 jobs for its new …

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Speakers spotlight International trade
May 3, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced the a session for International Trade Day, as well as the the featured speakers. The session, titled “Navigating Through the Ever-changing Global Trade Landscape,” will …

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Still time to enlist Angel Investor assist
May 2, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The window for accepting Angel Investor Tax Credit Applications has reached its halfway point. Applications for companies seeking investment through the Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit (KAITC) program for 2019 will be …

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Art contest celebrates student efforts
May 1, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Five Kansas students from across the state received top honors for their artistic endeavors. The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with the National Career Development Association (NCDA), selected the following entries …

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Kansas poetry champ shoots for national crown
April 30, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – 2017 Poetry Out Loud State Champion Khadija Ceesay from Olathe South High School is competing today in the regional semifinals of the National Poetry Out Loud Competition, with a chance to advance …

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Kansas Department of Commerce Announces Finalists for Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award
April 29, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is announcing the finalists for the Governor’s Exporter of the Year award. The winner will be announced on June 4th at an Awards Presentation Banquet. The following …

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Governor Kelly highlights importance of accurate 2020 Census, Creates Kansas Complete Count Committee, appoints co-chairs
April 23, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – This morning, through Executive Order 19-07, Governor Laura Kelly launched an initiative to make every Kansan count. She established the Kansas Complete Count Committee (CCC) to ensure that every Kansan is represented …

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New Minority/Women Business Development Workshop Aims to Help Businesses Grow
April 22, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Minority and Women Business Development Office of the Kansas Department of Commerce will host a Workshop for Minority, Woman and/or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification Programs on May 15. Those interested in …

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The State of Kansas Joins The Skillful State Network
April 18, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Kansas has joined The Skillful State Network, a Markle Foundation initiative. Governor Laura Kelly, along with the governors of California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Pennsylvania have joined the founding states …

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Webinar Highlights KCAIC Events and Grant Opportunities
April 16, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) will conduct a webinar hosted by the Kansas PRIDE program on April 18 from 12 – 1 p.m. Peter Jasso will give an overview of …

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Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces Rolling Grant Deadlines for Eligible Applicants
April 16, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is accepting applications in all categories for eligible applicants that have never received a KCAIC grant (applicants that have only received one grant before FY19 and …

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KANSASWORKS Mobile Workforce Center Available to Nebraska Workers Impacted by Floods
April 15, 2019

Lincoln, Ne. – The State of Kansas has donated its KANSASWORKS Mobile Workforce Center for stops in Bellevue, Fremont, Valley and Plattsmouth April 16-19. Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) unemployment insurance claims specialists and employment …

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Kansas Department of Commerce Announces 2019 Small Business Procurement Day Event
April 12, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is excited to announce 2019 Small Business Procurement Day. A celebratory event will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.at the …

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Kansas Claims Number One Spot for Wind Energy Production
April 11, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – In an effort to raise awareness of clean energy activity in Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly is highlighting the American Wind Energy Association’s 2018 Annual Market Report. The report, released yesterday, shows that …

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Bonnie & Clyde in Hugoton, KS: New Medicine Findings Inspire KUMC Exhibit, Open to the Public through May
April 11, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – History has been found in Hugoton, and Kansans interested in checking it out for themselves can see it in person at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. The exhibit, …

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Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces Professional Development Institute
April 10, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Performing Arts Conference for performing arts venues and presenters will take place on Thursday, April 25. The event begins at 1 p.m. at the C. L. Hoover Opera House in …

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Kansas Senate Confirms David Toland For Secretary of Commerce
April 5, 2019

Topeka – The Senate voted to confirm the appointment of David Toland to serve as Secretary of Commerce for the state of Kansas on Monday, April 1, in a 23 – 14 vote. “I’m honored …

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USDA announces Junction City to host ReConnect Technical Assistance Workshop
April 4, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The United States Department of Agriculture announced that the ReConnect Technical Assistance Workshop will be held on April 16-17, 2019, in Junction City, Kansas. This regional workshop will allow applicants to gain …

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Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces Professional Development Institute for Art Councils and Art Centers
March 29, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission invites Kansas-area Arts Councils and Arts Centers to a conference on Wednesday, April 24 from 8:30 am -2pm in Lawrence, KS. The conference will feature speakers …

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Garden City STAR Bond Project Approved
March 28, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce approved a $129 million STAR bond project for Garden City, KS yesterday. Garden City has been authorized to use $25.4 million in STAR Bond funds for the …

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Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces Indigenous Arts Initiative Events
March 26, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – As a partnership between University of Kansas (Spencer Museum of Art, Film and Media Studies, and the Lied Center) and the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, the Indigenous Arts Initiative supports a …

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$250,000 Community Development Block Grant issued to Kechi, KS for Building Repair Project
March 25, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The city of Kechi will receive a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Kansas Department of Commerce to improve a nearly-hundred-year-old building. The grant funds are part of the CDBG …

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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2 Million to Support the Manufacturing Industry in Wichita, Kansas
March 25, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2 million grant to Wichita State University (WSU) of Wichita, Kansas, to purchase equipment needed …

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State of Kansas to host Hispanic Day at the Capitol this April
March 20, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Hispanic Day at the Capitol will take place on April 3, hosted by The Office of the Governor’s Hispanic & Latino American Affairs Commission. The purpose of the event is to celebrate …

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Department of Commerce Announces Speaker Lineup for Rural Opportunities Conference this April
March 18, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Registration is still open for this year’s Kansas Rural Opportunities Conference in Dodge City. The Kansas Department of Commerce hosts this conference annually to provide useful information about rural Kansas living, as …

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REMINDER: Nominations for the 2019 Business Appreciation Month Awards are being accepted
March 13, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is still accepting applications for the 2019 Business Appreciation Month Awards. The top nominees will be recognized at the Team Kansas awards banquet on June 4 at …

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Governor comments on Horton Community Hospital closure, sends agency assistance
March 13, 2019

Following the closure Tuesday of Horton Community Hospital, Governor Laura Kelly extended assistance from her administration and highlighted the critical importance of community hospitals in rural Kansas. “I’m devastated for the community of Horton as …

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2019 Statewide Job Fair Boasts Impressive Turnout
March 12, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The 2019 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair took place at 11 different locations across the state with a sharp increase in participation over last year. This year’s Statewide Fair had a 114% increase …

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Registration Open for 2019 Community Development Block Grant Application Workshop
March 12, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Annual Community Development Block Grant Application Workshop will take place on April 18 in Salina, Kansas. This workshop is an opportunity for local officials, regional planning commissions, …

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Overland Park Chamber Economic Development Council to present annual business awards
March 7, 2019

Overland Park, Kan., March 7, 2019 – The Overland Park Chamber Economic Development Council (OPEDC) will recognize three fast-growing companies and six commercial development and redevelopment projects at its twelfth annual Honors Lunch. The program …

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Lt. Governor and Secretary of Commerce Attending Rural Opportunities Conference, Registration Open
February 28, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Registration is open for this year’s Kansas Rural Opportunities Conference in Dodge City. The Kansas Department of Commerce hosts this conference annually to provide useful information about rural Kansas living, as well …

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REMINDER: 2019 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair is Next Week
February 27, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with KANSASWORKS, will host the KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair on March 7, 2019. The annual job fair will provide employers, veterans, and job seekers with …

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TransAm Trucking Technician Graduation this March, Workforce AID Assisted
February 26, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – With assistance from the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Workforce AID Program, several new trucking professionals will be entering the workforce this March. The TransAm Trucking and Freightliner Preventative Maintenance Inspection Technician graduation …

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Governor Kelly and the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Congratulate Kevin Willmott
February 25, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission would like to congratulate Kansas filmmaker Kevin Willmott for winning the 2019 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Kevin was nominated for co-writing BlacKkKlansman with legendary …

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The Kansas Department of Commerce is Accepting Grant Applications for new Youth Service Initiatives
February 25, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is accepting grant applications for youth services. Up to five grants will be awarded to eligible entities to provide innovative services to eligible in-school and out-of-school youth. …

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Governor Laura Kelly: Alabama Residents are Invited to Tumbleweed Music Festival for Free
February 22, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Governor Laura Kelly announced details today of a new and entertaining musical opportunity for residents of Kansas and Alabama. Working in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Commerce, Governor Kelly announced today …

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Acting Secretary of Commerce David Toland Touring Hays’ Northwest Business Corridor Tomorrow
February 21, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Acting Kansas Secretary of Commerce David Toland will be in Hays Friday to participate in a tour of Hays’ Northwest Business Corridor. Joining Toland will be 111th District Rep. Barbara Wasinger, R-Hays; …

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Acting Secretary of Commerce David Toland Testified on Rural Revitalization before House Committee
February 21, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – David Toland, Acting Secretary for the Kansas Department of Commerce, delivered testimony to the House Rural Revitalization Committee earlier today, focusing on challenges and how the agency can better serve communities in …

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TrueAccord Selects KC for Shared Services Operation
February 20, 2019

February 20, 2019 – TrueAccord, a San Francisco-based FinTech company, announced today it will invest $1.34 million in a new shared services operation in Lenexa. “We chose the greater Kansas City area after a thorough nationwide …

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The Kansas Department of Commerce Welcomes Dena Sattler as Director of Marketing and Communications
February 18, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce has named Dena Sattler as the Director of Marketing and Communications. She has been active in the role since mid-last week. Sattler served as editor-publisher of The …

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2019 Kansas Renewable Energy Conference will Take Place this October
February 4, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The 2019 Kansas Renewable Energy Conference is looking for speakers. The conference is an annual event featuring the latest trends and developments in the renewable energy industry sector within Kansas and across …

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REMINDER: 2019 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair Only a Month Away
February 4, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with KANSASWORKS, will host the KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair on March 7, 2019. The annual job fair will provide employers, veterans, and job seekers with …

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Angel Investor Tax Credit Applications Open for 2019
February 1, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Applications are now being accepted for companies seeking investment through the Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit (KAITC) program for 2019. The program offers Kansas income tax credits to qualified individuals who provide …

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$11 Million in Community Development Block Grants Awarded for Community Improvement Projects
January 24, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 23 communities will receive federal grants for a variety of community improvement projects, including sewer and water projects, housing rehabilitation and community facilities improvements. …

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Nominations for Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award: Deadline January 25
January 18, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is still accepting nominations for the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award through the 25th of January. Kansas businesses are a global force, with goods and services being …

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Deadline Extended for National Career Development Poetry & Art Contest
January 17, 2019

The Kansas Department of Commerce is extending the deadline to participate in the 53rdNCDA Annual Poetry and Art Contest, an initiative of the National Career Development Association, to February 1, 2019 The contest theme is “Using …

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The Kansas Department of Commerce Welcomes Patty Clark as Deputy Secretary
January 15, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is announcing today that Patty Clark will serve as Deputy Secretary of KDC. Clark has spent her career in public service with an emphasis on rural policy …

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Kansas Department of Commerce Releases Economic Development Statistics for 2018
January 10, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Kansas has had much to celebrate in the area of economic development during 2018, according to statistics released today from the Kansas Department of Commerce. 2018 has been an exceptional year for …

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Community Development Block Grant Program Announces Application for New Community Pool
January 4, 2019

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce announces its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program now enables communities to apply for funding that can be used to construct a swimming pool. There are many benefits …

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Statewide Job Fair Employer Registration Now Open
January 3, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with KANSASWORKS, will host the KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair on March 7, 2019. The annual job fair will provide employers, veterans, and job seekers with …

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Introducing the Minority and Women Business Spotlight Program
January 2, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Women and Minority Business Development office of the Kansas Department of Commerce announces the start of the Minority and Women Business Spotlight program. The purpose for the program is to highlight …

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Regional Efforts Bring Weatherly Aircraft Company to Newton, Kansas
December 20, 2018

Newton, Kan. – Through regional efforts, Harvey County Economic Development and the Greater Wichita Partnership worked with the Kansas Department of Commerce to assist Weatherly Aircraft Company in locating their headquarters and assembly operations to …

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Spirit AeroSystems Plans More Major Expansion in Wichita, Kansas
December 19, 2018

WICHITA, KAN, Dec. 19, 2018 – One year after the company announced growth and investment plans at its Wichita, KS site, Spirit AeroSystems today announced a second significant expansion with plans to hire an additional …

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Governor Colyer to Make Major Jobs Announcement at Spirit AeroSystems
December 17, 2018

WHO: Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. and Tom Gentile, CEO of Spirit AeroSystems. WHAT: Governor Jeff Colyer will make a major jobs announcement at Spirit AeroSystems. The announcement comes after the company added 1,000 jobs last …

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Park Aerospace Plans $19M Expansion in Newton, Kansas
December 17, 2018

Topeka, KAN – Park Aerospace Technologies Corp. announced today that it will be undergoing a massive expansion in Kansas.At a special joint meeting Monday, the Newton City Commission and Harvey County Commission approved a development …

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Kansas Department of Commerce Announces the National Career Development Poetry & Art Contest
December 6, 2018

The Kansas Department of Commerce is partnering with the National Career Development Association (NCDA) to participate in the 53rd NCDA Annual Poetry and Art Contest. The contest theme is “Using Careers to Break Barriers, Empower …

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Collaboration Drives Company Growth at Fagron Sterile Services/JCB Laboratories
November 27, 2018

WICHITA, KS (November 27, 2018) – Fagron Sterile Services/JCB Laboratories (FSS/JCB), a leading FDA Registered 503B Outsourcing Facility and a national supplier of compounded sterile preparations, announced plans to expand the company in collaboration with …

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Department of Commerce Accepting Nominations for 2019 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award
November 6, 2018

Kansas businesses are a global force, with goods and services being sought from Kansas internationally. The annual Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award proudly celebrates the outstanding Kansas companies that excel in exporting and …

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Kansas Opportunity Zone Forum Taking Place on Oct. 25
October 18, 2018

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce will host a community forum for Opportunity Zones from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25th, at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas. Opportunity Zones are …

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Governor Colyer visited Exporter of Year Winner Shor-Line on Oct. 15
October 15, 2018

Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., toured the Kansas City, Kansas headquarters of Schroer Manufacturing Company (“Shor-Line”) on October 15th. Shor-Line is the winner of the 2018 Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented …

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Governor Colyer Proclaims Date for Kansas Apprenticeship Week
October 15, 2018

TOPEKA – The week of November 12-16 has been named Apprenticeship Week in the State of Kansas. This is being done to recognize the value and importance of the statewide Registered Apprenticeship Program in meeting …

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Job Fair Brings Companies and Job Candidates Together
October 10, 2018

Southeast KANSASWORKS and its partners, KANSASWORKS, Northeast Oklahoma Works, Montgomery County Action Council, and Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce will host the “Fall Into Your Perfect Career” job fair being held on Thursday, November 1st …

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New KANSASWORKS App Launches Today
October 8, 2018

TOPEKA – To better assist job seekers with finding great employment in Kansas, the Kansas Department of Commerce and KANSASWORKS are pleased to introduce the new KANSASWORKS app, available today on both Apple and Android …

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Minority Enterprise Development Week Starts Today
October 8, 2018

TOPEKA – Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., has proclaimed the week of October 7 – 13 as “Minority Enterprise Development Week.” The week will serve as a reminder of the many contributions and achievements of minority- …

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Manufacturing Summit A Huge Success for Manufacturers in Kansas
September 24, 2018

TOPEKA – More than one hundred manufacturing professionals from across the state came together to hear advice from industry leaders, network, and learn about the newest innovations in Kansas manufacturing at an event held by …

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Overstock.com Announces New Kansas City Distribution Center
September 13, 2018

KANSAS CITY – Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK), one of the world’s largest online home goods and furniture retailers, today announced the opening of a distribution center in Kansas City, Kansas that the company expects will create …

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The Kansas Department of Commerce Announces Plans for 2018 Energy Conference
September 12, 2018

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce will be hosting the 2018 Kansas Governor’s Energy Conference on October 11th through the 12th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kansas. This event will be a …

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Community Service Tax Credits awarded to 16 nonprofits
September 6, 2018

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded 16 nonprofit organizations around the state Community Service Tax Credits (CSP). Since 1994, CSP has helped nonprofit organizations undertake major capital fund-raising drives for several different …

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Kansas Department of Commerce announces plans for 2018 Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon
September 3, 2018

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development is announcing plans for its 34th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will take place during Kansas Minority …

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Registration Opens for 2018 Kansas Governor’s Energy Conference
August 21, 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 Kansas Governor’s Energy Conference, which will be held October 11 and 12 in Manhattan. Our state’s energy sector has brought billions of dollars of capital investment and thousands …

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Manufacturing Summit coming to Wichita
August 16, 2018

TOPEKA – Wichita is the site of the second annual Kansas Manufacturing Summit, a forum providing those in the manufacturing sector the opportunity to network, learn about business match options, and gain insight into workforce …

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Turn5 Selects Kansas City Area for New eCommerce Fulfillment Center
August 13, 2018

Turn5, an award-winning eCommerce retailer, announced today it will open a new distribution center in Lenexa, Kansas. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening event will take place on October 29, 2018 from 11 a.m. – …

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Palmer Manufacturing to invest $16 million in its Garden City plant, expanding workforce to 200
August 7, 2018

GARDEN CITY, KS (August 7, 2018) – Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. today announced that Palmer Manufacturing and Tank, Inc., a manufacturer of steel and fiberglass tanks and processing equipment for the oil and gas …

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Governor’s Office Receives Grant for Statewide Broadband Mapping Project
August 3, 2018

The Information Network of Kansas (“INK”) Board of Directors has approved a $300,000 grant request by Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. to complete a Statewide Broadband Mapping project. The project, which will be undertaken by non-profit …

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Convey Health Solutions Announces New Distribution Facility in Kansas City Region
August 1, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Convey Health Solutions (Convey), a leading provider of specialized healthcare technology and services for the government-sponsored markets, today announced the opening of a new distribution facility and creation of more than …

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Governor Colyer Announces Addition of 1000 New Jobs with Expansion of Shamrock Trading Corp
July 31, 2018

TOPEKA –Governor Jeff Colyer, today joined leaders from Shamrock Trading Corporation in Overland Park to announce a major expansion, which, subject to review and approval from the City of Overland Park, will create over 1000 …

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New Directions Behavioral Health moves to Sprint campus in Overland Park
July 27, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – July 20, 2018 – New Directions Behavioral Health announced plans to move its headquarters from Kansas City, Missouri to the Sprint campus in Overland Park, Kansas. The company recently finalized terms …

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Governor Colyer Announces New “Land in Kansas” Strategic Economic Development Initiative
July 19, 2018

On Thursday, Governor Jeff Colyer announced the launch of a new economic development initiative aimed at attracting investment and promoting business expansion in Kansas. Colyer was joined by Interim Secretary of Commerce Bob North, Secretary …

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Announcing plans for first annual Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Conference
July 17, 2018

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce, KANSASWORKS, Kansas Department for Children and Families, and the Kansas Board of Regents are currently planning the first annual Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Conference in Kansas. This conference …

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The “#1 Aviation Workforce in the USA” to be promoted at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow
July 12, 2018

Wichita, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Greater Wichita Partnership will lead a delegation of industry partners and local business leaders to the Farnborough International Airshow July 16 – 20 in Hampshire, …

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Kansas Commerce launches KansasCentral.com, an Online Business and Economic Development Magazine
July 12, 2018

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Commerce announces the launch of a new online magazine loaded with news and feature articles on business and economic development topics in Kansas. KansasCentral.com is aimed to keep Kansans …

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$5 million still available for innovative emerging businesses through Kansas Angels program
July 9, 2018

TOPEKA – Five million dollars in tax credits are still available to investors in innovative emerging businesses in Kansas through the Kansas Angel Tax Credit (KAITC) program. The program offers Kansas income tax credits to …

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Governor Jeff Colyer announces hiring of new Regulatory Ombudsman for Kansas Businesses
July 2, 2018

TOPEKA – Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. has announced the hiring of Tom Arpke to fill the role of Regulatory Ombudsman at the Kansas Department of Commerce. Tom will help businesses looking to expand or start …

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Kansas Department of Commerce Earns 11th Silver Shovel Award for Economic Development Wins
June 26, 2018

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Commerce has again been recognized by Area Development magazine with one of its Silver Shovel awards. The Silver Shovel award honors state economic development agencies that drive significant job …

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Union Tank Car Company to Expand Repair Facility in El Dorado, Kansas
June 21, 2018

EL DORADO — This summer, Union Tank Car Company (UTLX) will begin to expand their railcar repair facility in El Dorado, Kansas. UTLX, the largest manufacturer, lessor, and maintainer of rail tank cars in North …

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Kiewit Breaks Ground on New Campus in Lenexa City Center
June 21, 2018

LENEXA — Governor Jeff Colyer and Mayor Michael Boehm today joined Kiewit to officially break ground on a new campus at the Lenexa City Center. The roughly $100 million project includes a new six-story building …

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Camso Selects Kansas for new Manufacturing Operations
June 20, 2018

JUNCTION CITY – Camso, an industry leader in manufacturing off-road tires, wheels tracks and track systems, announced plans today to establish a new manufacturing operation in Geary County, Kansas. Camso serves the material handling, construction, …

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GEICO announces new service center in KC region
June 19, 2018

GEICO, the second-largest private passenger auto insurer and one of the fastest-growing major auto insurers in the U.S., will open a new service center and create 500 new jobs over the next five years starting …

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Dr. Diane DeBacker to join gathering of State and Federal STEM Education Leaders at the White House
June 18, 2018

TOPEKA – Dr. Diane DeBacker, Executive Director of Business and Education Innovation at the Kansas Department of Commerce, will attend the first-of-its-kind State-Federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Summit hosted by The White …

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Kansas awarded $1.2 million additional grant funding for Statewide Apprenticeship Program
June 15, 2018

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Commerce been awarded $1.2 million in additional grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship to help grow the statewide Registered Apprenticeship Program. This new funding …

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Kubota Tractor Corporation Completes Land Purchase for Future Logistics Campus and Midwest Office
June 14, 2018

EDGERTON, Kansas (June 14, 2018) – Kubota Tractor Corporation today announced the completion of a 200-acre land purchase within Phase II of Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton, making the company the first major tenant …

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Kansas Department of Commerce accepting nominations for Minority Enterprise Development Week awards
June 6, 2018

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority and Women Business Development is accepting nominations for Kansas minority and/or women-owned businesses, advocates, young entrepreneurs, and corporations. These nominations celebrate National Minority Enterprise Development …

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Winners of the Governor’s Exporter of the Year and Award of Excellence awards named
June 5, 2018

LAWRENCE, KS – Winners of the Governor’s Exporter of the Year and Award of Excellence awards were announced this evening at the Team Kansas banquet in Lawrence, Kansas. Team Kansas, an economic development group comprised …

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Governor Colyer Appoints Stanley Adams as Director of Broadband Initiatives for Kansas
June 4, 2018

TOPEKA– Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. today announced the appointment of Stanley Adams as Director of Broadband Initiatives at the Kansas Department of Commerce. Mr. Adams, who previously served as Director of Statewide Broadband Initiatives with …

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PRA Health Sciences announces major expansion plans in Lenexa, Kansas
June 4, 2018

LENEXA, KS – The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that PRA Health Sciences (PRA), which currently employs 680 people in Kansas, will significantly expand its Kansas footprint with investment in a new 48,000-square-foot bioanalytical …

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Governor Colyer proclaims June as Business Appreciation Month
June 1, 2018

TOPEKA – Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. has issued an official Governor’s proclamation declaring June 2018 as Business Appreciation Month in recognition of the vital role businesses of all sizes play in strengthening the Kansas economy. …

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Vituity Selects Kansas City Area for New System Support Center
May 31, 2018

LEAWOOD — Vituity, a leading physician-owned healthcare delivery organization, announced today it has opened a new system support center in Leawood, Kan. in an effort to grow and transform the practice, delivery and business of …

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National Economic Development Week – May 7 – 12
May 27, 2018

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce is joining economic development agencies across the country in celebration of National Economic Development Week from May 7-12. During this week, the agency will highlight the vital services …

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Finalists announced for Governor’s Exporter of the Year award
May 24, 2018

TOPEKA – Kansas International Trade Day will be held June 5, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Lawrence DoubleTree Hotel. The conference will feature speakers from business and government with sessions designed to help Kansas …

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Kansas Strengthens Trade Relations by Rejoining the Midwest-US Japan Association
May 23, 2018

Topeka- Governor Jeff Colyer announced today that Kansas will renew its alliance with Japan by rejoining the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association. Governor Colyer met with the Japanese consulate in April at the Capitol to discuss the …

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Kansas Department of Commerce announces leadership changes
May 18, 2018

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce announces Wade Wiebe has been appointed as the agency’s Director of Workforce Innovation. The agency also announces the appointments of Susan NeuPoth Cadoret as Director of Business and …

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U.S. Treasury Department approves 74 census tracts Governor Colyer nominated as Opportunity Zones
May 13, 2018

TOPEKA – The U.S. Department of Treasury has officially certified Governor Jeff Colyer’s nomination of 74 census tracts to be designated as Qualified Opportunity Zones and has designated those tracts as such. The approved Opportunity …

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Public Restroom Company to Locate in Hutchinson
April 26, 2018

Hutchinson, Kansas – Public Restroom Company announced today they will purchase the building at 714 Corey Road in Hutchinson, Kansas. The Public Restroom Company is a family-owned and operated small business who manufactures restrooms for …

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Innovative Online Tool Guides Kansas Job Seekers
April 18, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – An innovative online tool created and launched by Kansas labor and commerce officials aims to get Kansans to work in the highest paying and most in-demand jobs. From accountants, to nurses, to …

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Governor’s Exporter of the Year award to celebrate its 30th anniversary
April 18, 2018

TOPEKA – Kansas International Trade Day will be held June 5, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Lawrence DoubleTree Hotel. The conference will feature speakers from business and government with sessions designed to help Kansas …

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Kansas Commerce Newsletter
May 25, 2017

The Kansas Department of Commerce will host International Trade Day on June 6 in the Colonial Ballroom of Emporia State University’s Memorial Union. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the conference will adjourn at …

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Kansas Commerce Announces Global Manufacturing Summit
February 28, 2017

The 2017 Global Manufacturing Summit, hosted by the Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with Pittsburg State University on Thursday and Friday, April 6 – 7, 2017. The Manufacturing Summit will bring together industry experts …

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Spectrum Brands Hardware and Home Improvement Division to Open New Distribution Facility at Logistic
February 8, 2017

The Kansas Department of Commerce has the pleasure of announcing that Spectrum Brands Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) division plans to centralize its operations from two existing distribution facilities in Charlotte, N.C., and Mira Loma, …

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Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces Tallgrass Artist Residency
February 8, 2017

The Tallgrass Artist Residency is now accepting applications from artists currently living in a place within the ecological boundaries of the North American prairie to participate in the 2017 residency program. The residency program was …

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Community Development Block Grants Awarded for Improvement of Water and Wastewater Systems
February 2, 2017

The Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program is announcing the award of $5,370,955 to 14 communities across the state. The funds will be used to make improvements to respective water and wastewater systems. …

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Community Development Block Grants Awarded for Housing Rehabilitation and Demolition
February 2, 2017

The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced that four Kansas communities would share $1,200,000 in federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for Housing Rehabilitation/Demolition. These housing projects will rehabilitate approximately 53 …

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Community Development Block Grants Awarded for Community Facilities Projects
February 2, 2017

The Kansas Department of Commerce would like to announce the Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program award of $3,302,984 in CDBG funds will go to 14 communities across the state. The communities receiving …

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2017 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair
February 2, 2017

The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with KANSASWORKS, will host the 2017 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair on March 9, 2017. The annual job fair will provide employers, veterans and job seekers with the unique …

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Kansas: A Thriving Community of Life Scientists
January 4, 2017

Kansas’ various industries are part of what makes the state’s business climate so vibrant. The life science sector engages a variety of businesses, three state universities and soon, the federal government. The life science sector …

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Secretary Toland has met with business and community leaders, lawmakers and many engaging Kansans with stories to tell.
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Advantage Kansas: Future Focused, Future Ready
March 6, 2020

When she was elected, Governor Kelly promised to be “the education Governor.” Since the start of her administration, she’s made good on that commitment by increasing funding for public schools and working to align education …

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Renewing the Angel Investor Tax Credit
February 21, 2020

It’s been a busy Legislative Session so far at the Department of Commerce. In addition to updating the Legislature and providing annual reports on our state’s incentive programs, our agency has some key priorities for legislation that …

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2020 Legislative Engagement
February 7, 2020

The 2020 Kansas Legislative Session is underway here in Topeka, and the Department of Commerce has had a busy first few weeks. We’ve been working to provide information and testimony to several key legislative committees …

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Kansas Day 2020
January 31, 2020

This week, we celebrated the 159th Birthday of our great state. We have so much to be proud of after 159 years of history. And yet, we still have so much to look forward to …

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KANSASWORKS Works for Kansans
January 24, 2020

KANSASWORKS, the workforce services division of the Kansas Department of Commerce, was created to serve the needs of job seekers and businesses across our state by helping prospective employees connect with employers. Hundreds of thousands …

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Transparency Database
January 10, 2020

Since I was appointed by Governor Kelly last January, we’ve undertaken a number of reforms based on four key priorities for the Department of Commerce. One of those four critical areas has been an effort …

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2019 Year-in-Review
January 3, 2020

2019 was truly an extraordinary year. Last January, I began my time as Secretary with several goals for the Department of Commerce and for economic development in Kansas. In today’s blog, I’d like to look …

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Exporting from Kansas
December 20, 2019

Firms in Kansas are exporting their products all over the world, and this export activity means big numbers for the Kansas economy. We at the Department of Commerce are proud to provide assistance to help …

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Framework for Growth Public Engagement
December 13, 2019

We just wrapped up a week of Town Halls around the state in order to engage the public in the development of the Kansas Framework for Growth, the economic development planning process kicked off earlier …

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Ready for Kansas Main Street?
December 6, 2019

As you may know, the popular Kansas Main Street program has returned and is revving up for 2020. I want to provide an update on what’s coming up for the program as it gets up …

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Thanksgiving and Small Business Saturday
November 27, 2019

From our team at the Department of Commerce, we wish you all a happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’ll have an opportunity to gather together with family and friends to share in the joy of the …

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Anderson Chandler Lecture
November 22, 2019

On October 22nd, I was honored to deliver the Anderson Chandler Lecture at the University of Kansas School of Business. This lecture has been delivered by some outstanding leaders throughout its existence, and it was …

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National Apprenticeship Week
November 15, 2019

It’s National Apprenticeship Week! On Monday, Governor Kelly signed a proclamation recognizing this important week in Kansas. Developing a highly skilled workforce is a critical goal of economic development in Kansas. One way KANSASWORKS helps …

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Elevating the Arts in Kansas
October 25, 2019

October is National Arts and Humanities Month! Engaging in the arts is not only good for personal, creative and intellectual growth, it can also provide economic benefit and opportunity. So, today on my blog, I …

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Dealflow: How it Works
October 18, 2019

Business Recruitment is a critical function of the Kansas Department of Commerce. Our team is on the frontlines of showcasing Kansas as a great place to expand or relocate their business. In this blog, I …

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Kansas: Renewable Energy Leader
October 11, 2019

Last week, Governor Kelly spoke at the Kansas Renewable Energy Conference in Manhattan. In her speech, she discussed the ways Kansas has risen to the forefront of innovation in renewable energy, and she acknowledged that …

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Manufacturing is Central to the Kansas Economy
October 4, 2019

This week, I joined Lt. Governor Rogers and our partners with the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas Manufacturing Council to kick off the 2019 Kansas Manufacturing Summit. This important gathering brought together business …

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Kansas Oil and Gas
September 27, 2019

As Kansas continues to make strides as a renewable energy leader, it’s also important to recognize the role that oil and gas plays in our state’s energy mix and our overall economy. Oil and gas …

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International Partnerships Help Grow Kansas
September 20, 2019

Our trading partners around the world play a big role in helping grow the Kansas economy. Increasing our state’s international footprint has been a large priority for Governor Kelly and is a key component to our vision …

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Back to the Cutting Edge
September 13, 2019

Our effort to restore the Department of Commerce involves building capacity and reestablishing successful programs and tools that helped the state facilitate growth and spark investment in key industries for our future. This means getting …

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Coming Back to Life: Kansas Main Street
September 6, 2019

Since the start of Governor Kelly’s administration, you’ve probably heard a lot about revitalization. As we look at the challenges facing Kansas, it’s clear that one of our top goals should be restoring both our …

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Labor Day 2019
August 30, 2019

Labor Day is a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on the Kansas worker. We know that great companies are fueled by our state’s most valuable asset: Kansans. The thing that separates us from other …

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Common Sense, Common Ground
August 23, 2019

I want to welcome you to a new medium for me to share my thoughts on current issues and actions we’re taking to grow the Kansas economy. Given the timing of my first post, I …

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Traveling with Toland: Southeast Kansas
August 21, 2019

SouthEAST Kansas  On August 21st-23rd, Secretary Toland made several stops around Southeast Kansas to meet with business and community leaders and tour some great Kansas companies. Here’s a look back at where he visited:  WEDNESDAY, …

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Traveling with Toland: Southwest Kansas
May 22, 2019

Southwest Kansas  On May 20-21st, Secretary David Toland traveled around Southwest Kansas to connect with business leaders, elected officials and economic development professionals. During the trip, he visited Scott City, Garden City, Lakin and Liberal. Each stop …

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Traveling With Toland: Introduction
May 20, 2019

Hitting the Road I’m grateful for the opportunity to travel our state and connect with business and community leaders who work every day to make our state a better place to live, learn and work! …

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Commerce Blog

Read about the exciting happenings across the great state of Kansas. From small businesses, spotlights and communities their stories of goodwill, accomplishments and latest strives and are shared here. Learn about the good news from the Kansas Department of Commerce.
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Meet Deputy Secretary of Commerce Patty Clark
May 29, 2020

Patty Clark, Deputy Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce, is a shining example of public service as a noble calling. Patty has been working for the people of Kansas for 23 years, including serving …

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Commerce Grows its Team
February 7, 2020

The Kansas Department of Commerce is growing our team of professionals to support further growth in Kansas. In recent months, the agency has added two new Regional Project Managers in the state, fully staffed its …

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PlainsCraft: Made by Hand, in Kansas
July 17, 2019

Coming Soon to a Trail Near You There was a time when a covered wagon rolling across the plains of Kansas was a very common sight. And today, with the help of the unique, hand-built …

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Awards Spotlight Kansas Businesses
May 17, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is proud to announce the beginning of Business Appreciation Month by announcing several award winners, including the finalists for the Governor’s Award of Excellence. The Kansas Department …

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Currier Drug of Atwood, KS
April 12, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – In the age of big, national chains and mail-order prescriptions, locally owned independent pharmacies signify a rare personal touch in a largely corporatized industry. Jim and Dawn Hampton have owned Currier Drug, …

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Perry’s Pork Rinds of Bronson, KS
March 29, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – When it comes to a successful business enterprise in a small town, not many people would think of selling pork rinds. As it turns out, however, maybe they should. Husband and wife …

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