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Governor Kelly Announces More than $8M to be Invested in Digital Opportunities Governor Laura Kelly announced today that Kansas is receiving $8.2 million to begin implementing the Kansas Digital Equity (DE) Plan, which recently received federal approval. This announcement solidifies the state’s commitment to transform the landscape of high-speed internet connectivity and digital opportunity across Kansas. Nominations Open for 2024 Minority, Women Enterprise Development Awards Today Lieutenant Governor and Department of Commerce Secretary David Toland announced a call for nominations for the 2024 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards. These annual awards are one way the agency acknowledges and observes the growing impact that minority- and women-led companies have on their communities and the Kansas economy. Governor Kelly Announces KMW to Invest $105M in Sterling, Create 251 New Jobs in Kansas Governor Laura Kelly today announced that KMW, a precision manufacturer of agricultural front loaders, backhoes, and other attachments, will invest $105 million to construct a new North American headquarters and state-of-the-art production facility in Sterling. The venture will create 251 new jobs, resulting in a local workforce of 485. Commerce Celebrates National Community Development Week The Kansas Department of Commerce is joining other organizations and communities across the state in commemorating National Community Development Week. The annual event, which this year is April 1-5, shines a spotlight on the transformative impact of community development initiatives and collaborative efforts that drive positive local change.  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


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