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Kansas Tourism, Visit Wichita Partnering to Host 2025 TBEX Summit Kansas Tourism and Visit Wichita are proud to announce Wichita as the host city for the Travel Blogger Exchange (TBEX) Summit on October 1-4, 2025. This esteemed event will bring together leading travel bloggers, influencers, journalists, content creators and tourism industry professionals from around the globe to explore and enjoy the heart of the country. Commerce Launches Statewide Exporters Roundtable Series he International Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce today announced it will begin a monthly Kansas Exporters Roundtable series in July. With three-quarters of potential customers located outside of the United States, Commerce will visit 12 cities across the state and offer assistance for small- to medium-sized Kansas companies. Kansas Launches National Campaign to Attract and Retain Talent Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland, alongside leaders from across the state, today unveiled Love, Kansas, a dynamic talent attraction campaign aimed at boosting Kansas’ population by inviting past residents to choose the Sunflower State as their future home. This national marketing initiative will highlight Kansas as an exceptional place to live, work and raise a family, with a special emphasis on “boomerangs” – individuals with previous ties to the state. KANSAS! Magazine Brings Home the Gold from International Awards KANSAS! Magazine brought home three Gold Awards at the 44th annual International Regional Media Association (IRMA) awards presentation. For the third consecutive year, KANSAS! was a finalist for the Magazine of the Year. Andrea Etzel, publisher of KANSAS! and publication manager for Kansas Tourism, accepted the awards on behalf of the magazine. View All

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Governor Laura Kelly Recognizes Apprenticeship Week in Kansas

Nov 16, 2021

National Apprenticeship Week 2021 | November 15-21 TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly recently signed a proclamation spotlighting the importance of Kansas’ Registered Apprenticeship Program and declaring this week, November 15-21, as Apprenticeship Week throughout the state. “The Registered Apprenticeship Program connects skilled workers with good-paying jobs,” Governor Laura Kelly said.…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Governor’s Tourism Award Winner

Nov 16, 2021

Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland, Rooks County Economic Development Director Roger Hrabe, and Kansas Tourism Director Bridgette Jobe TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today congratulated Roger Hrabe, Rooks County Economic Development Director, on receiving the Governor’s Tourism Award. The Governor announced the prestigious award during the annual Kansas…

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Governor Laura Kelly Encourages Kansas Restaurants Apply for Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants

May 4, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today urged Kansas restaurants and eligible businesses in the hospitality industry to apply for federal funding through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Registration for the RRF began on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 8 AM CT and applications will open on…

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Governor Laura Kelly Encourages Kansas Small Businesses to Apply for Paycheck Protection Program

Apr 29, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today encouraged Kansas small businesses to continue to apply for the 2021 Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ahead of the program’s extended deadline of May 31st. Kansans can continue to submit applications for forgivable loans for pandemic-battered small businesses. “Kansas small businesses are the backbone…

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Governor Laura Kelly Celebrates Pinnacle Technology, 2019 Kansas Exporter of the Year

Mar 11, 2021

Pinnacle Technology CEO Donna Johnson accepting the Governor's Exporter of the Year award at a ceremony in 2019 TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly, Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland and local officials from Lawrence celebrated Pinnacle Technology, the Governor’s 2019 Exporter of the Year winner, in a virtual…

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Governor Laura Kelly, Department of Commerce Seek Public Input for Broadband Office Grant Program

Jan 21, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the Kansas Department of Commerce has established an opportunity for the public to learn more about the Office of Broadband Development’s Broadband Acceleration Grant program and provide input on grant requests proposed for communities across Kansas. The goal is to gather public…

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Commerce Secretary David Toland Sworn in as Lt. Governor of Kansas Today

Jan 4, 2021

TOPEKA – David Toland was sworn in as the 52nd Lieutenant Governor of Kansas in a ceremony today at the Kansas Statehouse.  Toland has served in the Kelly Administration as Secretary of Commerce since his appointment in January 2019. He will maintain the duties of Commerce Secretary while serving in…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Intention to Appoint Commerce Secretary David Toland to Become Lieutenant Governor

Dec 14, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced her intention to appoint David Toland, Secretary for the Kansas Department of Commerce, to become her Lieutenant Governor when current Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers vacates the position in January. “Replacing Lynn Rogers is no small task, but of all the candidates I considered,…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces New Pretzels, LLC Production Facility in Lawrence

Dec 9, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced a new Pretzels, LLC production facility in Lawrence. The company announced plans to build a 150,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Venture Park. The company worked closely with the Kansas Department of Commerce throughout the process. “Food manufacturing has been growing at an…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces $2 Billion in New Capital Investment in 2020

Nov 11, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the State of Kansas has officially surpassed $2 billion in new capital investment in 2020. This investment is brought by new economic development projects driven by Governor Kelly’s administration and the Kansas Department of Commerce. “The arrival of COVID-19 threatened to undermine…

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