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Governor Kelly Celebrates Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses Governor Laura Kelly joined the Kansas Department of Commerce for the 38th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at Townsite Tower in Topeka. The luncheon, hosted by Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development, recognizes minority- and women-owned businesses from across the state and is part of Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week. Governor Kelly Announces Recipients of More than $500K in Registered Apprenticeship Grants Governor Laura Kelly today announced a total of $528,478 has been awarded by the Kansas Department of Commerce to eight entities across the state for projects that will attract and retain employees and build the state workforce through registered apprenticeships. Virtual Job Fair to Highlight Hundreds of State Agency Opportunities Jobseekers are encouraged to attend the upcoming State of Kansas Agencies Virtual Job Fair from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 27. This month’s virtual fair, hosted by KANSASWORKS, will feature many exciting employment opportunities available across the state’s 98 government agencies. Currently, there are more than 700 vacancies across the state. Governor Kelly Travels to Japan, South Korea to Create More Jobs for Kansans This week, Governor Laura Kelly traveled to Japan and South Korea to participate in the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association (MWJA/JMWA) Conference. While there, she met with business leaders to continue building on Kansas’ historic economic development success and create new job opportunities for Kansas workers. View All


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Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) & Digital Equity Act (DEA) Planning Updates

Kansas Office of Broadband Development is committed to sharing our work and process as we create the five year plans to support the requirements of Broadband Equity Access and Deployment and Digital Equity Act. These programs were created as part of the bi-partisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Historic amounts of funding will come to Kansans to help bridge the digital divide. You will find information on current activities and opportunities to engage. Please join us in sharing and supporting our mission of #ConnectingAllKansans.

Current Timeline and Plan Include the Following:

  • Engagement – ongoing
  • Asset Mapping – ongoing
    • Working with University of Kansas to distribute:
      • Digital Equity Program Mapping
      • BEAD fiber asset mapping to agencies, associations and providers across the state
  • Digital Equity Strategic Plan
    • Digital Equity: Mission & Vision – Drafted
    • Digital Equity Strategic Plan – Public Comment Target of October 2
    • Grant program guidance – second quarter 2024
    • Funds disbursed to Kansas – third quarter 2024
  • BEAD: Learn more here
    • BEAD Volume 1: Open for Public Comment
    • BEAD FYAP: Target August 28
    • Funds disbursed to Kansas – third quarter 2024
    • Grant program guidance – second quarter 2024

Outreach and Engagement

The Roadshow sessions are for the citizens of Kansas to express their broadband needs, share their concerns, and discuss what training, device, or affordability challenges they may be experiencing. We have scheduled closed sessions for providers to discuss our BEAD and Digital Equity Plans and to share the key roles providers will play.

To learn about the Broadband Roadshow and read the report, click link above.

Asset Mapping

  • Digital Equity Asset Mapping
    • Deployed
  • Agency Asset Mapping Survey
    • Deployed
  • Kansas Speed Test Mapping Survey
    • Slow or no internet- click here.

We want to hear from you!

The KOBD recognizes the importance that digital connectivity plays in thriving and growing communities. We know we have improvement areas, along with success stories. We would like to hear from you and your neighbors regarding connectivity, access and internet opportunities that exist when connecting all Kansans. Join us [our team] as we embark on an 8-region state listening tour! We want to hear your voices as we shape the State Digital Equity Plan and 5-year Strategic Broadband Action Plan. Check back for more information and opportunities on how to share your voice.