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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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$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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$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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$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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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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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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2019 Statewide Job Fair Boasts Impressive Turnout

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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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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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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56 Kansas Cities and Counties to Receive Community Development Block Grants to Support Coronavirus Response

Jul 23, 2020 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 affected by the pandemic and its economic effects. “I’m pleased to announce this additional round of resources […]

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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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66 Kansas cities and counties to receive Community Development Block Grants to support coronavirus response

Jun 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 due to COVID-19,” Governor Kelly said. “Our communities need relief – and they need it now. I’m […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Commerce announces upcoming Certified Sites workshops
August 16, 2021

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced a series of upcoming training sessions for the Kansas Certified Sites program. These three virtual trainings will provide an opportunity to learn more about …

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Department of Commerce announces two new hires
April 1, 2021

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced the addition of two new key hires at the Kansas Department of Commerce to better serve and respond to the needs of Kansas businesses. …

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Dodge City Business Park named shovel ready for development
July 14, 2021

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced Dodge City Business Park has become the latest developed site to be certified through Kansas’ Certified Sites program. This is a result of a new …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Governor announces statewide broadband availability map, requests public input

Apr 3, 2019 Governor Laura Kelly and Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers announced today the completion of the first iteration of a broadband availability map for the State of Kansas. Rogers announced the map at the Rural Opportunities Conference in Dodge City yesterday. The map was made possible through a grant from the Information Network of […]

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Governor applauds Congressional passage of USMCA

Jan 16, 2020 Citing its importance to Kansas exports and the state’s economy, Governor Laura Kelly and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam expressed praise today for Congressional passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “This is an important and welcome development in Kansas, especially as our farmers and ranchers struggle to rebuild after an historic […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Governor comments on Horton Community Hospital closure, sends agency assistance

Mar 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 concerned for the community of Horton as they face the serious loss of their local hospital,” Kelly said. “This is becoming a far too […]

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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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Governor Kelly and the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Congratulate Kevin Willmott

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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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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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 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 Kelly Announces the Transfer of Direct Aid Funds to Kansas Counties

Jul 17, 2020 TOPEKA—Governor Laura Kelly today announced the Office of Recovery’s disbursement of CARES Act funds to Kansas counties. As part of her administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Kelly is directing resources to county officials and local administrators to cover COVID-19 expenses for communities across Kansas. “We are putting these funds directly […]

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Governor Kelly Encourages Participation in Statewide Virtual Job Fair
September 28, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today encouraged Kansans looking for employment to participate in this week’s KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair. The virtual job fair that begins at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, and …

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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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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 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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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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Governor Laura Kelly and Department of Commerce Launch New Kansas Certified Sites Program

Jul 21, 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 administered by the Kansas Economic Development Alliance (KEDA), lets developers know when the state has deemed a […]

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Governor Laura Kelly and Department of Commerce Launch New Kansas Certified Sites Program

Jul 21, 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 administered by the Kansas Economic Development Alliance (KEDA), lets developers know when the state has deemed a […]

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Governor Laura Kelly Announce KDOT’s Cost Share Program Recipients

Jul 9, 2020 NEWTON—Governor Laura Kelly and Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz announced this morning the recipients across the state of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Cost Share Program. These 24 projects total more than $20 million in transportation investments statewide. The Cost Share Program provides funding to local entities for transportation projects that improve safety, […]

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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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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 $28 Million Investment, 37 New Jobs in Manhattan
June 29, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today congratulated Bev-Hub on its new facility in Manhattan. Bev-Hub, a Wichita-based manufacturer, is investing more than $28 million into the Manhattan community to renovate a former brewery to meet …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces $4 Million in Community Development Block Grants to Promote Job Retention for Small Businesses
July 9, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today the third round of Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response Supplement (CDBG-CV) awards, distributing nearly $4 million to 25 Kansas communities to promote business retention for small businesses …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces $4 Million to Benefit 26 Kansas Nonprofit Organizations
July 15, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that 26 Kansas nonprofit organizations will receive more than $4 million in Community Service Tax Credits (CSP) to improve and enhance fundraising efforts for education, healthcare, childcare and …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces $5.7 Million Business Investment in Wichita
October 14, 2021

~Mid-Continent Aviation Services will create over 20 jobs and construct new hangar at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport~ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded Mid-Continent Aviation Services’ plan to expand their current footprint and …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 100 New Jobs in Bonner Springs
October 14, 2021

~Medline Industries, Inc. to invest $77.5 million for new distribution center~ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Medline, the country’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies, will invest $77.5 million …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 132 new Jobs in Neodesha
May 13, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that London-based Sicut Enterprises has selected Neodesha as the site of their new North American manufacturing hub, projected to create 132 new full-time jobs over the next five …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 167 New Jobs and $31 Million in New Capital Investment in Olathe
March 12, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly applauded the announcement from Accelerate360, a marketing, sales, logistics, and media conglomerate, that it will be expanding operations in Kansas with the opening of a 455,000 square-foot facility in …

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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 Announces 247 New Jobs in Dodge City, Kansas
May 5, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the announcement from Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. of their plan to build a major production facility in Dodge City. The new $460 million investment is slated to create …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 250 New Jobs in Emporia
August 18, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced Communications Solutions, LLC (CSLLC) will expand its operations to Emporia, Kansas, creating 250 new jobs. “Our partnership with CSLCC, which will create 250 new jobs in Emporia, is …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 450 New Jobs in Overland Park
May 13, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the announcement that TTEC Holdings, Inc., a world leader in global digital customer experience technology and services, will create 450 new jobs in Overland Park. The company is …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 490 New Jobs in Leawood, Kansas
May 7, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly applauded the announcement of a major investment in Leawood from Torch.AI, a global leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company will invest $45 million and create 490 …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 50 New Jobs in Montgomery County
October 12, 2021

~Agribusiness Bartlett to invest $325 million in Southeast Kansas to create new soybean facility~ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded plans from Bartlett, a Savage Company, to invest $325 million in a large soybean …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 75 New Jobs Coming to Wichita
August 5, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded Brek Manufacturing Company’s plan to expand its operation into the state of Kansas. The Southern California-based aerospace company announced that it intends to purchase two buildings in Wichita, investing …

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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 80 New Jobs in Tonganoxie
June 22, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s plan to build a new pet food manufacturing plant in Tonganoxie. Hill’s will invest more than $250 million to construct a new 300,000-square-foot facility, bringing …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Airxcel Expansion to Create Nearly 370 Jobs in Wichita
June 2, 2021

WICHITA – Governor Laura Kelly today visited Airxcel in Wichita to celebrate a major project that will create 365 jobs and invest more than $4 million in the community. “Airxcel is a classic success story in Wichita’s manufacturing sector, …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Applications Are Open For Community Service Tax Credit Program
March 5, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced that applications are currently being accepted for the Community Service Tax Credit Program (CSP). “The Community Service Tax Program helps local nonprofit and healthcare organizations improve the health …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Applications Open for Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit Program
July 1, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced applications are being accepted for Kansas startups seeking investment through the Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit (KAITC) program for 2021. Through bipartisan Senate Bill 66, the Angels program …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Community Development Block Grant Recipients
August 19, 2020
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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 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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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Expansion at Berry Global Group, Inc. to Create 84 Jobs
September 14, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today visited Berry Global Group, Inc. in Lawrence to celebrate a major project expansion that will create 84 new jobs and invest $61 million in the community. “Berry Global Group, …

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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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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas Dairy Ingredients Expansion to Create 40 Jobs, $45 Million Investment in Hugoton
June 16, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Kansas Dairy Ingredients (KDI) Cheese Company will expand its operations in Southwest Kansas, creating 40 new jobs and investing $45 million new business dollars in the Hugoton …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas Economic Development Week; State Surpasses $5 Billion in New Capital Investment
May 11, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced Kansas will participate in Economic Development Week, an annual celebration hosted by the International Economic Development Council. “Over the last two years, we’ve rebuilt the Department of Commerce and …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas Joins Bipartisan, Multi-State National Security Initiative
September 21, 2021

~Kansas and Missouri join National Security Crossroads to improve national security in Heartland region~ TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly and Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced the launch of the National Security Crossroads, a bipartisan, multi-state …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas Local Workforce Area II West Receives Prestigious Award for Veteran Service
August 13, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) recently awarded Kansas’ Local Workforce Area II West with the Mark Sanders Award for Exceptional Service to Veterans. “Kansas veterans …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas Main Street Program Expansion
October 19, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced plans to expand the Kansas Main Street Program by up to three additional communities this Winter.    “When our main street businesses succeed, our whole economy succeeds,” said Governor …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas Receives National Economic Development Recognition
September 13, 2021

~ Kansas breaks into Area Development’s Top 20 States for Doing Business recognition~ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced Kansas has received Area Development’s Top 20 States for Doing Business recognition for 2021 – …

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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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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas Surpasses $6 Billion in New Business Dollars Invested in the State
June 29, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that since she took office in January 2019, more than $6 billion new business dollars have been invested in the state of Kansas and 26,000 new jobs have …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas Surpasses $7 Billion in New Business Dollars Invested in the State
October 21, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that since she took office in January 2019, more than $7 billion new business dollars have been invested in the state of Kansas and over 29,000 new jobs …

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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 KANSASWORKS Virtual Job Fair Dedicates Day to Serving Veterans
March 22, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that, to support those in our state who have served in the armed forces, this month’s KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair will dedicate the first day to military veterans, …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Launch of My Reemployment Plan
June 16, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the launch of My Reemployment Plan, a program designed to support Kansans with job-search efforts. “My Reemployment Plan is a great tool to provide Kansans with the resources …

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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 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 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 Laura Kelly Announces New Business Recruitment Partnership with the State of Kansas
July 7, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced an exciting new partnership between the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Certified Sites program and Kansas-based Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, which will increase the number of shovel-ready development sites …

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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 New Grant Program to Support Non-Profit Arts Organizations
August 30, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced new grant program designed to help non-profit arts organizations in Kansas recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. “These grants will provide immediate help for non-profit arts organizations across Kansas,” …

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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 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 Announces New Program to Strengthen Kansas’ Manufacturing Supply Chain
October 5, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the official launch of CONNEX™ Kansas, a new program from Kansas Manufacturing Solutions (KMS) and the Kansas Department of Commerce, designed to strengthen the Kansas manufacturing supply chain. CONNEX™ …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces New Report to Prevent Outmigration and Strengthen Kansas’ Workforce and Economy
August 2, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced the results of a new report detailing the challenges facing young Kansans in rural communities along with possible solutions to prevent outmigration and strengthen Kansas’ workforce and economy. …

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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 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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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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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Poet Laureate Program Returns to Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission
July 1, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the return of the Poet Laureate program to the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC). “Promoting the humanities preserves the legacy of the generations that came before us, inspires the …

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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 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 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 URBN Partnership to Create Up to 2,000 Jobs and Approximately $350 Million Kansas Investment
August 5, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Urban Outfitters’ Inc. (URBN) new 880,000-square-foot omni-channel distribution center will be located on ancillary land at Kansas Speedway in Wyandotte County. The partnership between the State of …

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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 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 Laura Kelly Applauds Great Plains Manufacturing Salina Expansion
August 19, 2020
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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 Celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week
May 5, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today signed a proclamation celebrating travel and tourism as an economic driver, business recruitment tool, and an important element of state and community pride. “The travel and tourism industry are …

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Governor Laura Kelly Celebrates Pinnacle Technology, 2019 Kansas Exporter of the Year
March 11, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly, Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland and local officials from Lawrence celebrated Pinnacle Technology, the Governor’s 2019 Exporter of the Year winner, in a virtual ceremony. After the …

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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 Congratulates Creekstone Farms as Governor’s Exporter of the Year
June 10, 2021

ARKANSAS CITY – Governor Laura Kelly today visited Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, LLC. in Arkansas City to honor the company for being named the 2020 Governor’s Exporter of the Year. “With its designation as Exporter of the …

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Governor Laura Kelly Congratulates International Division at Kansas Department of Commerce on Receiving Outstanding Service Award
September 23, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today congratulated the Kansas Department of Commerce’s International Division for being named an Outstanding Service Provider by the World Trade Center – Kansas City (WTC-KC) for the first time ever. “Congratulations …

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Governor Laura Kelly Congratulates Kansas Poet Laureate Huascar Medina on National Recognition
July 2, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today congratulated Huascar Medina, Poet Laureate of Kansas, on his recent nomination by President Joe Biden to be a member of the National Council on the Arts.  The National Council …

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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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Governor Laura Kelly Cuts Ribbon on Animal Science Innovation Center in Topeka
June 23, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly joined a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Hill’s Pet Nutrition Small Paws Innovation Center in Topeka. Hill’s Pet Nutrition invested $20 million to build this 25,000-square-foot nutrition facility that will …

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Governor Laura Kelly Cuts Ribbon on Superior Boiler Expansion Project in Hutchinson
September 1, 2021

HUTCHINSON – Today, Governor Laura Kelly joined Superior Boiler to cut the ribbon on their new 73,000-square-foot facility – totaling a $2,786,000 business investment – in Hutchinson, Kansas. “Superior Boiler’s expansion in Kansas is more …

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Governor Laura Kelly Encourages Kansas Restaurants Apply for Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants
May 4, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today urged Kansas restaurants and eligible businesses in the hospitality industry to apply for federal funding through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Registration for the RRF …

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Governor Laura Kelly Encourages Kansas Small Businesses to Apply for Paycheck Protection Program
April 29, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today encouraged Kansas small businesses to continue to apply for the 2021 Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ahead of the program’s extended deadline of May 31st. Kansans can continue to …

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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 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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Governor Laura Kelly Honors Kansas Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses For Economic Contributions, Opportunities
October 20, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today honored minority- and woman-owned businesses and others who help them achieve success as part of Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week. “I am impressed by the outstanding accomplishments and …

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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 Kicks Off Reemployment Program, Visits Workforce Center
March 31, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today visited Lenexa’s KANSASWORKS center to celebrate the relaunch of Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment Program (RESEA) and the return of in-person consultations in order to better serve the specific …

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Governor Laura Kelly Proclaims September as Workforce Development Professionals Month
September 2, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly signed a proclamation recognizing September as Workforce Development Professionals Month in Kansas. “Our workforce development professionals work tirelessly to connect skilled workers with open jobs, strengthening our economy and …

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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 Relocates Tourism to the Kansas Department of Commerce to Spur Economic Growth
March 29, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced the Kansas Tourism Division will officially be part of the Kansas Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Executive Reorganization Order (ERO) Governor Kelly submitted to the Kansas Legislature on …

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Governor Laura Kelly Signs Bipartisan Legislation to Aid Kansas’s Economic Recovery
April 15, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly signed four bipartisan bills into law to drive economic growth and strengthen Kansas’ economy. Senate Bills 65, 66, 90, and 124 are part of Governor Kelly’s Growth Agenda, a …

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Governor Laura Kelly Signs Military Family Bill
April 21, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly signed a bipartisan measure to help keep veterans and their families living and working in Kansas. House Bill 2066, the Occupational License Reciprocity bill, provides License Reciprocity – recognition …

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Governor Laura Kelly Visits Brookover Feed Yards, Thanks Kansas Agriculture Workers

Jul 14, 2020 TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today toured Brookover Feed Yard in Garden City to thank frontline agricultural workers for successfully maintaining the food supply chain and feeding our state, our nation, and our world in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic. “I appreciate the team at Brookover for showing me their […]

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Governor Laura Kelly visits McFarland to Celebrate $5 million in Grants to Expand Broadband to Homes, Businesses Statewide
March 11, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that through the Broadband Acceleration Grant Program, 14 broadband improvement projects totaling $5 million will improve access to high-speed internet for homes and businesses in 18 communities statewide. …

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Governor Laura Kelly Wraps Up Economic Development Week of “Back to Work, Back to School” Tour
April 16, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly this week made stops around the state to celebrate economic successes and discuss Kansas’ continued economic recovery and workforce development efforts. These visits marked the beginning of Governor Kelly’s Back …

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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: Alabama Residents are Invited to Tumbleweed Music Festival for Free

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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Governor signs bipartisan transportation plan into law

Apr 3, 2020 Governor Laura Kelly today signed the bipartisan Senate Bill 173 creating the new 10-year Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program. “This fiscally responsible program provides a visionary approach so that Kansas has the flexibility to address immediate needs and secure more opportunities for our future,” Kelly said. “Investing in Kansas’ infrastructure means putting people […]

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Governor urges support for USMCA Agreement

Aug 1, 2019 Governor Laura Kelly has urged Kansas’ congressional delegation to support the pending United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), due to its importance to Kansas trade and exports, and the state’s economy. “Kansas has always been – and always will be – an export state. We cannot prosper without access to international markets,” the governor […]

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Governor, Lt. Governor announce Office of Rural Prosperity Listening Tour Details

Governor Laura Kelly and Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers announced at a press conference today details on the upcoming Office of Rural Prosperity Listening Tour. The tour is intended to foster new ways to help rural Kansas communities by hearing from the residents themselves. “Rural Kansas has been overlooked and unheard for far too long,” Governor […]

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Governor, Lt. Governor announce Office of Rural Prosperity Listening Tour Details

Jun 5, 2019 Governor Laura Kelly and Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers announced at a press conference today details on the upcoming Office of Rural Prosperity Listening Tour. The tour is intended to foster new ways to help rural Kansas communities by hearing from the residents themselves. “Rural Kansas has been overlooked and unheard for far […]

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Governor, Lt. Governor announce release Office of Rural Prosperity listening tour report

Jan 13, 2020 Governor Laura Kelly and Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers announced at a press conference today the release of the Office of Rural Prosperity Listening Tour report. The Office of Rural Prosperity (ORP), housed within the Kansas Department of Commerce, was created by Governor Kelly as a way to help revitalize and highlight rural […]

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Governor, Senate Majority Leader announce compromise proposal to lower healthcare costs for Kansas families

Jan 9, 2020 After weeks of negotiations, Democratic Governor Laura Kelly and Republican Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning today announced a compromise proposal to expand Medicaid while lowering health insurance premiums for Kansas families. “This process is far from over, as there are still several critical steps to be taken by the Kansas Legislature,” Kelly […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission to hold webinar series for military artists
May 5, 2021

TOPEKA – The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) will present a virtual Artist INC Express workshop for military servicemembers, veterans and their family/caregivers living in Kansas who want to explore career options in creative …

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Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission to host webinar for military artists
April 1, 2021

TOPEKA – The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) of the Department of Commerce is hosting an upcoming webinar for Kansans in the military community looking to enter or strengthen a career in the arts. …

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Kansas Department of Commerce International Division Receives more than $160,000 for Export Development
October 26, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announcement of a $163,617 award to the Kansas Department of Commerce’s International Division through SBA’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). Through …

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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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Kansas Earns 13th National Silver Shovel Award for Economic Development

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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Kansas Earns 13th National Silver Shovel Award for Economic Development

Jun 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 projects that create a significant number of new jobs in their communities. This year marks the 13th […]

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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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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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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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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 Ranked 10th in Nation for Economic Development Projects Per Capita
March 9, 2021

TOPEKA – Kansas had the most dramatic jump in economic development success of any state in the country in 2020, according to Site Selection magazine. With 70 projects meeting the magazine’s criteria, Kansas ranked 10th …

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Kansas Ranked as Number One Business Climate in West North Central Region
June 14, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Kansas was recognized by Site Selection magazine as having the top business climate in the West North Central region of the United States in 2021. In 2020, …

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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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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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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 Wins Prestigious 2021 Gold Shovel Award for Economic Development Excellence
June 10, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the State of Kansas has been honored for its commitment to excellence in economic development by receiving Area Development magazine’s coveted Gold Shovel award for 2021, the highest …

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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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KANSAS! Magazine Wins Gold at International Awards
October 25, 2021

TOPEKA – KANSAS! magazine received a Gold Award for its cover titled “Kansas Trailblazer” at the 41st annual International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) awards presentation. The illustrated cover, published in fall 2020, was an original art …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lieutenant Governor/Commerce Secretary Toland announces key appointments
June 9, 2021

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced two key staff appointments along with the establishment of the new Office of Innovation at the Kansas Department of Commerce. “This is a dynamic …

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

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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Lt. Governor highlights importance of Medicaid expansion to rural prosperity

Apr 30, 2019 The following remarks are from Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers regarding the results of his Rural Healthcare Tour: Hello, thank you all for coming today. Since launching the Office of Rural Prosperity’s Rural Healthcare tour in February, Governor Kelly, KDHE Secretary Lee Norman and I have collectively toured more than 25 healthcare facilities. […]

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Lt. Governor Rogers’ Testimony on the Office of Rural Prosperity

Mar 21, 2019 Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers’ testimony to the Kansas House Rural Revitalization Committee: Mr. Chairman and members of the Rural Revitalization Committee, thank you for inviting me to discuss the Office of Rural Prosperity. Thank you, also, for the significant work you do on this committee – the issues before you are of […]

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Lt. Governor Toland Announces Paul Hughes as Deputy Commerce Secretary
October 4, 2021

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced Paul Hughes as new Deputy Secretary for Business Development for the Kansas Department of Commerce. Hughes will direct efforts to drive the growth of existing …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nationally acclaimed workshop on Downtown upper-floor projects coming to Kansas
July 16, 2021

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced that the Kansas Main Street program is bringing the nationally acclaimed Upstairs Downtown workshop to Hutchinson in August. The two-day workshop, taking place August …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Office of Rural Prosperity Launches Project for Young Rural Professionals

Jul 8, 2020 TOPEKA – Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers announced today the Office of Rural Prosperity (ORP) will partner with the Kansas Sampler Foundation to develop a framework designed to engage, empower, retain, and recruit young people in rural Kansas. “Incentivizing younger Kansans to use their talents here at home, will be critical to continuing […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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REMINDER: 2019 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair is Next Week

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stanley Adams named Commerce Employee of the Year
March 23, 2021

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced that Office of Broadband Development Director Stanley Adams is the Department of Commerce’s Employee of the Year for 2020. Adams was promoted to lead …

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State Finance Council Approves COVID-19 Relief Funding for Kansas Counties, Agencies

Jun 16, 2020 The State Finance Council today approved the distribution of $400 million in funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to local Kansas governments to help combat the health and economic challenges COVID-19 has brought on their communities, and to help prepare for possible future outbreaks of the disease. “This first round of coronavirus aid will be critical as we work to get Kansans back […]

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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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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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Still time to enlist Angel Investor assist

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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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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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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The Kansas Department of Commerce is Accepting Grant Applications for new Youth Service Initiatives

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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TransAm Trucking Technician Graduation this March, Workforce AID Assisted

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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Trisha Purdon named director of the Kansas Office of Rural Prosperity
April 28, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Trisha Purdon will lead the Kansas Office of Rural Prosperity (ORP). Purdon currently serves as the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Action Council, working hands on …

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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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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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U.S. 50 T-WORKS project in Lyon County now underway

Jul 20, 2020 EMPORIA—Governor Laura Kelly and KDOT Secretary Julie Lorenz broke ground on a U.S. 50 Highway expansion project today. This project announced under the previous transportation program, T-WORKS, was delayed in 2016 due to transfers from the State Highway Fund. “From Day One, my administration committed to rebuilding our infrastructure and putting an […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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