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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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Employer Service Programs

RETAINWORKS

Nov 20, 2023

RETAINWORKS is a free, grant-funded program focused on helping people whose lives have recently been disrupted because of an injury, illness, or worsening health problem. With early coordination of support and services, along with training, individuals can continue to play a critical role in their respective organizations.

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Registered Apprenticeship

Aug 27, 2020

Registered Apprenticeship is a talent development model that combines actual work experience with classroom related instruction and produces a worker skilled in the occupation. Sponsoring a Registered Apprenticeship program develops employees to contribute to your bottom line.

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Aug 27, 2020

This federal tax credit is available to employers who hire individuals from certain target groups who consistently face barriers to employment.

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Workforce AID

Aug 27, 2020

This employer-led program is designed to help fill the skills gap by connecting industry with technical training providers and talent pool ready, willing and able to learn specific functions. Cost savings to the employer are also realized throughout the training process.

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On-the-Job Training

Aug 27, 2020

On-the-Job Training allows businesses to train and retain skilled, productive employees. What we do is simple – we work with you to find new employees that you train – your way, on site. We even reimburse up to 50% of the wage rate to offset the cost of training.

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Kansas Industrial Training

Aug 27, 2020

This program assists companies involved in job creation in Kansas. Training can include subjects that provide knowledge and specific skills necessary for job entry including instruction on the company’s own production equipment on the plant floor or on similar machinery in a classroom setting.

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Kansas Industrial Retraining

Aug 27, 2020

This program is a job retention tool that helps employees of restructuring companies who are likely to be displaced because of obsolete or inadequate job skills and knowledge.

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Incumbent Worker Program

Aug 27, 2020

Build and maintain a quality workforce and increase your competitiveness. This work-based training program helps employers avert potential layoffs and increase the skill level of employees to create a solid workforce pipeline.

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Foreign Labor Certification

Aug 27, 2020

The Foreign Labor Certification program qualifies employers to hire foreign or alien workers if unable to find qualified and available U.S. workers to fill vacancies.

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Federal Bonding Program

Aug 27, 2020

This program incentivizes employers hiring individuals whose background can pose significant barriers to securing or retaining employment. Qualified employers may receive fidelity bonds for applicants who have been or may be denied coverage by commercial carriers.

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