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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 Announces $4 Million in Community Development Block Grants to Promote Job Retention for Small Businesses

Jul 9, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today the third round of Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response Supplement (CDBG-CV) awards, distributing nearly $4 million to 25 Kansas communities to promote business retention for small businesses affected by the pandemic. “Kansas continues to experience record economic success, bringing in jobs and…

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Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission to hold Informational Grant webinar today

Feb 24, 2021

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced that the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) will host an informational webinar to introduce the Kansas arts community to its field representative team and provide information on grant opportunities. Participants will be able to meet virtually with the KCAIC field…

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Governor Laura Kelly Introduces Program to Provide Broadband Access to Rural and Underserved Communities

Nov 30, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the introduction of the new Broadband Acceleration Grant Program to expand broadband access to rural and underserved communities across the state. This year marks the first time in Kansas history that there has been a concerted, statewide, bipartisan effort to fund increased broadband…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Nearly 2,000 Small Businesses Recipients of $37.5 Million in Grants

Nov 19, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly today announced that nearly 2,000 Kansas small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will receive a share of $37.5 million in Small Business Working Capital (SBWC) grants.

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39 Kansas towns to receive Community Development Block Grants

Feb 13, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today the award of more than $17 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to 39 Kansas communities.A total of $17,486,103 in federal funds is being made available through the CDBG program this year. Communities receiving grants have presented plans for…

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Rural Communities in Kansas Receive Grants to Build Swimming Pools

Jul 23, 2019

11 cities including Blue Rapids, Clyde, Yates Center, and Moundridge are being chosen to receive federal grants to build swimming pools. The grants, awarded by the Department of Commerce, will help cities renovate or construct new facilities. “One key strategy in economic development is making sure there is a high…

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Special Grants Awarded to 11 Kansas Communities

Jul 1, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland has announced the award of a special series of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to support 11 rural communities across Kansas. These grants are specifically designed to aid communities in constructing or reconstructing community swimming pools. Improvements to recreational assets will enhance…

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