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Commerce Announces $390,000 in Emergency HEAL Grant Funding Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced more than $390,000 in Emergency Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (E-HEAL) grants has been awarded to five recipients. More than $770,000 private local matching funds will be added to that total, to help bring rural downtown buildings back from likely demolition or collapse – and rehabilitate them back into productive use. Kansas Main Street Selects Eight Rural Communities for New Housing Grant Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced eight inaugural grant recipients of the Residential Opportunities on Main Street (ROOMS) program. A total of eight projects in Designated Kansas Main Street communities are receiving $50,000 each to create a total of 35 new residential units in the upper floors of downtown buildings. Kansas Nonprofits Receive More than $4M in Community Service Program Tax Credits Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $4.1 million in Community Service Program (CSP) Tax Credits have been awarded to support the fundraising efforts of 26 nonprofit organizations across Kansas. These funds will enhance local access to quality childcare, healthcare, education, arts, and housing services. Kansas Earns Gold Shovel Award for Fourth Consecutive Year Governor Laura Kelly announced today that Kansas has garnered Area Development magazine’s coveted Gold Shovel Award for the fourth year in a row. The latest accolade—without precedent in state history—reflects the economic development success the state has experienced under the Kelly administration. View All

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Governor Laura Kelly Cuts Ribbon on Animal Science Innovation Center in Topeka

Jun 23, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly joined a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Hill’s Pet Nutrition Small Paws Innovation Center in Topeka. Hill's Pet Nutrition invested $20 million to build this 25,000-square-foot nutrition facility that will focus on the needs of small dogs. The facility will also include a new Engagement…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 80 New Jobs in Tonganoxie

Jun 22, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s plan to build a new pet food manufacturing plant in Tonganoxie. Hill’s will invest more than $250 million to construct a new 300,000-square-foot facility, bringing at least 80 new jobs to the community by 2025. “Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s decision to…

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Governor Laura Kelly Applauds Eurofins Viracor on New, 110,000-Square-Foot Lenexa Facility

Feb 10, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the recent announcement from Eurofins Viracor of its new 110,000-square-foot, all-purpose facility in Lenexa. Eurofins Viracor, Inc. is a provider of clinical specialty laboratory results to medical providers, transplant teams, and biopharmaceutical companies that also recently began providing COVID-19 testing. In addition to…

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Governor Laura Kelly Congratulates Plastikon on 50 New Jobs, Continued COVID-19 Response Efforts

Jan 28, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the announcement that Plastikon Industries will create 50 new positions at its high-tech plant in Lawrence as part of its ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  The plant, currently manufacturing In-Vitro Diagnostic testing kits, unit dose OTC Drug products, and sterile injection…

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Governor Laura Kelly Celebrates Economic Development, Innovation at Groundbreaking for Kansas University BTBC Expansion

Oct 15, 2020

LAWRENCE - Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the announcement of the Phase III expansion of the Bioscience & Technology Business Center (BTBC) at the University of Kansas, and introduction of the new KU Innovation Park. The Phase III expansion includes a new 70,000-square-foot facility, which will feature fully functional wet…

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Commerce appoints Trent Armbrust to lead business development efforts for bioscience and technology sectors

Sep 13, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced Trent Armbrust will join the Kansas Department of Commerce as director of strategy for Bioscience and Technology effective Sept. 23. This newly created role and Armbrust’s appointment come as Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Secretary Toland aggressively target the bioscience…

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