Welcome to the Secretary’s Blog

Read Lt. Governor/Secretary David Toland’s blog to learn about current initiatives at the Department of Commerce, catch up on his travels across Kansas or take a deep-dive into Commerce programs.

David Toland is the 52nd Lieutenant Governor of Kansas and also serves as Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce. Toland was appointed Secretary of Commerce by Governor Laura Kelly in January 2019 and Lieutenant Governor in January 2021.

Advantage Kansas: Future Focused, Future Ready
March 6, 2020

When she was elected, Governor Kelly promised to be “the education Governor.” Since the start of her administration, she’s made good on that commitment by increasing funding for public schools and working to align education …

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Renewing the Angel Investor Tax Credit
February 21, 2020

It’s been a busy Legislative Session so far at the Department of Commerce. In addition to updating the Legislature and providing annual reports on our state’s incentive programs, our agency has some key priorities for legislation that …

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2020 Legislative Engagement
February 7, 2020

The 2020 Kansas Legislative Session is underway here in Topeka, and the Department of Commerce has had a busy first few weeks. We’ve been working to provide information and testimony to several key legislative committees …

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Kansas Day 2020
January 31, 2020

This week, we celebrated the 159th Birthday of our great state. We have so much to be proud of after 159 years of history. And yet, we still have so much to look forward to …

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KANSASWORKS Works for Kansans
January 24, 2020

KANSASWORKS, the workforce services division of the Kansas Department of Commerce, was created to serve the needs of job seekers and businesses across our state by helping prospective employees connect with employers. Hundreds of thousands …

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Transparency Database
January 10, 2020

Since I was appointed by Governor Kelly last January, we’ve undertaken a number of reforms based on four key priorities for the Department of Commerce. One of those four critical areas has been an effort …

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2019 Year-in-Review
January 3, 2020

2019 was truly an extraordinary year. Last January, I began my time as Secretary with several goals for the Department of Commerce and for economic development in Kansas. In today’s blog, I’d like to look …

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Exporting from Kansas
December 20, 2019

Firms in Kansas are exporting their products all over the world, and this export activity means big numbers for the Kansas economy. We at the Department of Commerce are proud to provide assistance to help …

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Framework for Growth Public Engagement
December 13, 2019

We just wrapped up a week of Town Halls around the state in order to engage the public in the development of the Kansas Framework for Growth, the economic development planning process kicked off earlier …

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