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Governor Kelly Releases Kansas Broadband Digital Equity Plan for Public Comment Governor Laura Kelly today announced the Kansas Digital Equity (DE) Plan for high-speed internet connectivity is available for public review and comment. While the recently announced Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Five-Year Action Plan outlines the state’s plan to provide access to high-speed internet, the Digital Equity Plan focuses on specifically connecting users. 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. View All


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Aviation Learning Opportunities & Funded Training (ALOFT)

Aviation and aerospace manufacturers in Kansas have experienced challenges maintaining a qualified workforce.  The impact of COVID-19 pandemic highlighted opportunities and gaps in Kansas’ aviation industry workforce, one of the State’s most economically significant sectors.  This program will provide up to $20,000,000.00 in grants to aviation and aerospace manufacturers, supply chain providers, and local airports for training and workforce development initiatives.  

The Kansas Department of Commerce has sought applications from eligible aviation and aerospace manufacturers, supply chain manufacturers within the aviation and aerospace industries, and locally and city-owned airports for training needs and capital projects directly related to expansion of job opportunities.

Additional Data and Information

General Information

Eligible ALOFT applicants include:

  • Aviation and aerospace manufacturers identified with a North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code beginning in 3364
  • Supply chain manufacturers that provide services, equipment, and manufacturing for eligible aviation and aerospace manufacturers
  • Locally and city-owned airports
  • If the applying entity desires to fund training needs on multiple sites, the entity must submit a separate application for each location. Each eligible organization may apply for up to a total of $5,000,000 to expend on eligible costs. 
Benchmark I

Benchmark 1 – Signed Agreement

Benchmark 2 – First Disbursement

Benchmark 3 – Quarterly Report

Benchmark 4 – Second Disbursement

Benchmark 5 – Quarterly Report

Benchmark 6 – Project Closed

ProgramFiscal YearRecipientTotal Amount Amount Claimed Amount Remaining Net New Jobs Retained JobsJobs to Date Total Capital InvesmentAddressCityCountyZip CodeBenchmark 1Benchmark 2Benchmark 3Benchmark 4Benchmark 5Benchmark 6# of Year(s) Benefits ReceivedStatus: Open/Closed
ALOFTFY23Orizon Aerostructures, LLC$3,325,000$0$3,325,000n/an/an/an/a2522 W. 21st StreetChanuteNeosho66720not yet metn/an/an/an/an/a1Open
ALOFTFY23Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc.$3,325,000$0$3,325,000n/an/an/an/a3801 S Oliver St.WichitaSedgwick67210not yet metn/an/an/an/an/a1Open
ALOFTFY23Textron Aviation Inc. $3,325,000$0$3,325,000n/an/an/an/a285 South GreenwichWichitaSedgwick67207not yet metn/an/an/an/an/a1Open
ALOFTFY23Learjet, Inc$3,325,000$0$3,325,000n/an/an/an/aOne Learjet WayWichitaSedgwick67209not yet metn/an/an/an/an/a1Open
ALOFTFY23Wichita Airport Authority$2,211,503$0$2,211,503n/an/an/an/a3990 N Webb RdWichitaSedgwick67226not yet metn/an/an/an/an/a1Open
ALOFTFY23Metal Finishing Company$243,200$0$243,200n/an/an/an/a721 East MurdockWichitaSedgwick67214not yet metn/an/an/an/an/a1Open
ALOFTFY23Salina Airport Authority$3,325,000$0$3,325,000n/an/an/an/a2626 Arnold CourtSalinaSaline67401not yet metn/an/an/an/an/a1Open

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