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Statewide Virtual Job Fair to Showcase New Opportunities for Jobseekers Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland is encouraging jobseekers and employers searching for new talent to participate in the June Virtual Statewide Job Fair. Hosted by KANSASWORKS, the job fair will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. Commerce Announces $390,000 in Emergency HEAL Grant Funding Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced more than $390,000 in Emergency Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (E-HEAL) grants has been awarded to five recipients. More than $770,000 private local matching funds will be added to that total, to help bring rural downtown buildings back from likely demolition or collapse – and rehabilitate them back into productive use. Kansas Main Street Selects Eight Rural Communities for New Housing Grant Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced eight inaugural grant recipients of the Residential Opportunities on Main Street (ROOMS) program. A total of eight projects in Designated Kansas Main Street communities are receiving $50,000 each to create a total of 35 new residential units in the upper floors of downtown buildings. Kansas Nonprofits Receive More than $4M in Community Service Program Tax Credits Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $4.1 million in Community Service Program (CSP) Tax Credits have been awarded to support the fundraising efforts of 26 nonprofit organizations across Kansas. These funds will enhance local access to quality childcare, healthcare, education, arts, and housing services. View All

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Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD)

Kansas was allocated $451 million to connect all Kansans. Kansas Office of Broadband has created strategic plans to build out broadband across the state. We invite you learn more and engage with us as we move forward to connect all Kansans.

Regional Planning & Community Engagement

Reaching out to communities across the state to ensure they are equipped with the skills and resources to be good partners and support broadband buildout through the BEAD program.

Kansas Broadband Ready Communities

Designed to pave the way for improved broadband access in communities across the state, ensuring that Kansas remains at the forefront of digital connectivity.

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Learn about the Kansas Office of Broadband Developments Digital Equity Strategic Plan and resources to support affordable, accessible internet for all Kansans.

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Kansas Office of Broadband Development

In our modern world, access to high-speed internet isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity.

With so much vital information and communication moving online, communities and businesses unable to access high-quality internet connections aren’t just at a disadvantage, they are effectively disqualified from a major portion of the economy. With this in mind, providing broadband access to all communities across our state is a top priority for the Department of Commerce. 

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The Kansas Office of Broadband Development’s mission is to help all Kansans bridge the digital divide through home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices, and local technology training and support programs.

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Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $4M Awarded through Broadband ADOPT Program
June 4, 2024

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that seven organizations will receive a combined $3.9 million in grants through the Advancing Digital Opportunities to Promote Technology (ADOPT) program. ADOPT supports the Kelly administration’s work to connect …

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Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $3M to Improve Digital Literacy in Kansas
May 30, 2024

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $2.8 million is being invested in 15 organizations through the Digital Opportunities to Connect Kansans (DOCK) program. The DOCK grants will improve the digital skills of Kansans …

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Governor Kelly Announces Kansas Moving Forward with $451.7M High-Speed Internet Deployment Plan
April 26, 2024

TOPEKA — Governor Laura Kelly today announced federal approval of the state’s Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Initial Proposal Volume 2, providing an investment of more than $450 million to expand Kansas’ high-speed internet …

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Broadband in Kansas: The Challenges of Digital Access and Affordability | The Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR) at the University of Kansas

Kansas Office of Broadband Development Staff

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Joseph Le, Deputy Director of Broadband Development

785-230-4615

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Kimberlyn Jones, Digital Opportunity Program Manager

785-289-3345

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Morgan Barnes, Engagement and Outreach Manager

785-480-8555

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Stephen Shelton, Broadband Data and GIS Analyst

785-480-8150

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Joshua Edgar, Broadband Grant Program Manager

785-207-3892

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Marie McNeal, Broadband Grant Program Manager

785-631-0091

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Casey Russell, Broadband Infrastructure Program Manager

785-207-1317

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Shelley Paasch, Broadband Partnerships Coordinator

785-276-9995

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Jessica Henry, Broadband Grant Compliance and Reporting Manager

785-250-8277

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The Kansas Office of Broadband Development was established in 2020 to help ensure all Kansans have the opportunity to live, work, learn and compete

in a global economy by improving universal access to quality, affordable and reliable broadband.

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