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Governor Kelly Announces $14M Capital Investment Creating 110 Jobs in Wellington Governor Laura Kelly announced today that Elite Harness is investing $14 million, creating 110 new jobs, in Wellington. Elite Harness will refurbish an existing facility into a 50,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. Commerce Announces $4.1M Available in Tax Credits Program Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced $4.1 million in tax credits once again will be made available under the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Community Service Tax Credit Program (CSP). Commerce Grants Available for Rural Mural and Public Art Projects The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced a total of $75,000 is available for a new round of Rural Mural and Public Art program funding. The program helps rural communities design engaging new art that improves the local aesthetic – making the community more appealing not only for those who live there but for potential new businesses and residents as well. Kansas awarded nearly $1 million from USDA to assist with rural digital divide The Kansas Office of Broadband Development (KOBD) has been awarded nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service through its new Broadband Technical Assistance (BTA) grant program. The $997,000 grant will fund pre-engineering design studies in six rural Kansas counties to help reduce costs and identify avoidable barriers as broadband is deployed there. View All


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Regional Planning & Community Engagement

The Kansas Office of Broadband Development (KOBD) is reaching out to communities across Kansas to equip them with information to engage with providers to support broadband buildout. With the allocation of $451.7 million, KOBD has submitted our plans to deploy along with the scoring criteria for awards. We recognize the value of community centered design and have made that nearly 10% of the overall grant application points.

Regional Workshops

The goal of these workshops is to inform and engage communities about BEAD, and to directly involve residents in solutions that ensure their community is universally connected. As locations, dates and times are arranged you will be able to register here. If you are unable to register, please just join us! These meetings will take place early March to end of April.

DateTime County AddressRegistration Link
(not required but appreciated)
Broadband Maps
(will change based on continued review)
Tues., March 5 6:00p Wichita Leoti Community Center
502 M Street
Leoti, KS 67861
Register here!Wichita County Maps
Thur., March 146:00pCherokeeGalena Senior Center
720 S. Wall St.
Galena, KS 66739
Register here! Cherokee County Maps
Douglas Coming Soon!Coming Soon!Douglas County Maps
Jefferson Coming Soon!Coming Soon!Jefferson County Maps
Johnson Coming Soon!Coming Soon!Johnson County Maps
Kearny Coming Soon!Coming Soon!Kearny County Maps
Marion Coming Soon!Coming Soon!Marion County Maps
Ottawa Coming Soon!Coming Soon!Ottawa County Maps
Rawlins Coming Soon!Coming Soon!Rawlins County Maps
Saline Coming Soon!Coming Soon!Saline County Maps
Sedgwick Coming Soon!Coming Soon!Sedgwick County Maps
Tues., March 196:30pWoodsonBressner Hall
711 S. Fry Street
Yates Center, KS 66783
Register Here!Woodson County Maps

Broadband Breakdown Series

KOBD is creating a Broadband Breakdown Video Series, which breaks down Regional Workshop content into micro learning sessions. These will be posted below and available any time. Additionally, you are welcome to sign up for distribution list to receive first alerts when these are available to view.

Office Hours

Stay tuned for more information on dates/times.

In addition to the planning sessions, KOBD is honored to engage with the Sovereign Nations within Kansas:

  • Iowa of Kansas and Nebraska
  • Kickapoo
  • Prairie Band Potawatomi
  • Sac and Fox

If you represent one of the Sovereign Nations above and would like to connect. Please email [email protected].

Thank you!

Kansas Office of Broadband Development recognizes the importance that connectivity plays in thriving and growing communities. We look forward to supporting engagement efforts across the state to make the most of this historic investment.