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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. Kansas Commerce Department Hires New International Director Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today Laura Lombard has been named the agency’s new International Director. Lombard brings 15 years of experience in international relations and business development to the position, most recently serving as President and CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services in Wichita. Governor Kelly Announces Funding to Grow Small Business Exports Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded $200,000 to the Kansas Department of Commerce to expand the state’s robust export sector, which hit an all-time high of $13.97 billion in 2022. The agency’s International Division oversees the administration of the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) award, enabling eligible businesses to leverage these funds for conducting focused activities that promote export growth. View All


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Placemaking is the process of activating and creating quality places that people want to be in, strengthening the connection between people and their communities.

The process prioritizes local expertise and community engagement to identify and tackle the most pressing community challenges through creative and equitable solutions that create belonging and empower citizens to make changes in their community. The Community Development Division provides resources and programming for communities that are invested in growing their quality of place.

Engaging Placemaking for Innovative Communities (EPIC)

EPIC 2023 is a pilot program funded by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission at the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Patterson Family Foundation.

EPIC is an opportunity for arts-driven community development projects designed to connect cross-sector local and regional stakeholders. EPIC provides technical assistance, funding, and mentorship through planning and execution.


Kate Van Steenhuyse, KCAIC Assistant Director

(785) 379-1608

[email protected]

Spaces to Places

The Community Development Division recently launched this new pilot program. It is designed to build community cohesion as a key to implementing projects. Spaces to Places supports community-led projects that create, revitalize, or activate public spaces to bring people together to improve the quality of place. Community Development staff will guide communities through a four-step process over two to three months to engage cross-sector stakeholders, conduct an assessment of public spaces, and create an action plan.


Elizabeth Heron, Placemaking Community Development Specialist


[email protected]

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