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Department of Commerce seeking new Individual Development Account Administrator

Oct 1, 2021

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce issued a Request for Proposals seeking qualified organizations to administer the Individual Development Account (IDA) program. The Kansas IDA program allows qualified organizations the opportunity to provide a match on deposits made by low-income participants who are saving to buy a home;…

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Commerce announces upcoming Certified Sites workshops

Aug 16, 2021

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced a series of upcoming training sessions for the Kansas Certified Sites program. These three virtual trainings will provide an opportunity to learn more about the process of getting shovel-ready sites in Kansas certified for development. “The Certified Sites program…

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Nationally acclaimed workshop on Downtown upper-floor projects coming to Kansas

Jul 16, 2021

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced that the Kansas Main Street program is bringing the nationally acclaimed Upstairs Downtown workshop to Hutchinson in August. The two-day workshop, taking place August 16-17 in downtown Hutchinson, will provide information on redeveloping upper-floor spaces in small downtown buildings.…

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Dodge City Business Park named shovel ready for development

Jul 14, 2021

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced Dodge City Business Park has become the latest developed site to be certified through Kansas’ Certified Sites program. This is a result of a new agreement between the Kansas Department of Commerce and Sunflower Electric Power Corporation. When a site…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces New Business Recruitment Partnership with the State of Kansas

Jul 7, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced an exciting new partnership between the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Certified Sites program and Kansas-based Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, which will increase the number of shovel-ready development sites Kansas can showcase to developers nationwide. Commerce’s Certified Sites Program, originally created and administered by…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Poet Laureate Program Returns to Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission

Jul 1, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the return of the Poet Laureate program to the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC). “Promoting the humanities preserves the legacy of the generations that came before us, inspires the artists of the future, and drives community and economic development,” Governor Kelly said. “KCAIC does…

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Trisha Purdon named director of the Kansas Office of Rural Prosperity

Apr 28, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Trisha Purdon will lead the Kansas Office of Rural Prosperity (ORP). Purdon currently serves as the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Action Council, working hands on with communities in Southeast Kansas to grow and strengthen local economies. “When I took office,…

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Kansas Ranked 10th in Nation for Economic Development Projects Per Capita

Mar 9, 2021

TOPEKA – Kansas had the most dramatic jump in economic development success of any state in the country in 2020, according to Site Selection magazine. With 70 projects meeting the magazine’s criteria, Kansas ranked 10th in the nation in economic development projects per capita in 2020. The new ranking increased…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Main Street Program Additions

Mar 2, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced the selection of Atchison, Baldwin City, and Junction City as the newest members of the Kansas Main Street program, bringing the total number of designated Main Street communities in Kansas to 28. These three communities are the first new additions to the state’s Main…

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Broadband Acceleration Grant Program now accepting submissions

Dec 11, 2020

TOPEKA – Prospective applicants for the Broadband Acceleration Grant Program at the Kansas Department of Commerce now may submit their intent to apply. The program was created to expand broadband access to rural and underserved communities across the state. Over the next 10 years, the program seeks to invest $85…

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