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Governor Kelly Announces $14M Capital Investment Creating 110 Jobs in Wellington Governor Laura Kelly announced today that Elite Harness is investing $14 million, creating 110 new jobs, in Wellington. Elite Harness will refurbish an existing facility into a 50,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. Commerce Announces $4.1M Available in Tax Credits Program Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced $4.1 million in tax credits once again will be made available under the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Community Service Tax Credit Program (CSP). Commerce Grants Available for Rural Mural and Public Art Projects The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced a total of $75,000 is available for a new round of Rural Mural and Public Art program funding. The program helps rural communities design engaging new art that improves the local aesthetic – making the community more appealing not only for those who live there but for potential new businesses and residents as well. Kansas awarded nearly $1 million from USDA to assist with rural digital divide The Kansas Office of Broadband Development (KOBD) has been awarded nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service through its new Broadband Technical Assistance (BTA) grant program. The $997,000 grant will fund pre-engineering design studies in six rural Kansas counties to help reduce costs and identify avoidable barriers as broadband is deployed there. View All

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Marie McNeal

Marie McNeal

785-631-0091

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Marie McNeal has served the Office of Broadband Development since December 2023 and brings a wealth of experience from her 25-year tenure at the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC), where she served as the Director of Grants and Quality Assurance. In this role, Marie managed grant programs supporting adult and juvenile community supervision agencies and non-profit entities serving justice-involved youth. As a lifelong Kansan, Marie takes pride in her work at KDOC, which heightened her awareness of the crucial need to enhance individuals’ quality of life. This passion aligns perfectly with the mission of the KOBD team in closing the digital divide and ensuring universal access to quality connectivity. Residing in Topeka with her life partner Henry, Marie is an avid supporter of her beloved KU Jayhawks, and she enjoys relaxing with family and friends, traveling, and indulging in Netflix series or real-life crime shows during her downtime. #RockChalk #GoKU.

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