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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas Surpasses $6 Billion in New Business Dollars Invested in the State

Jun 29, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that since she took office in January 2019, more than $6 billion new business dollars have been invested in the state of Kansas and 26,000 new jobs have been created. “This administration has prioritized rebuilding our state’s economic foundation and supporting services that…

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Governor Laura Kelly Signs Bipartisan Legislation to Aid Kansas’s Economic Recovery

Apr 15, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly signed four bipartisan bills into law to drive economic growth and strengthen Kansas’ economy. Senate Bills 65, 66, 90, and 124 are part of Governor Kelly’s Growth Agenda, a multifaceted legislative approach to improving Kansas’ ability to attract major businesses and strengthen our economy…

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Governor Laura Kelly Relocates Tourism to the Kansas Department of Commerce to Spur Economic Growth

Mar 29, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced the Kansas Tourism Division will officially be part of the Kansas Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Executive Reorganization Order (ERO) Governor Kelly submitted to the Kansas Legislature on Jan. 25 of this year. The 60 calendar day period has expired without action by either…

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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 Proposes Agency Reorganization to Spur Economic Growth

Jan 25, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced her intent to submit an Executive Reorganization Order (ERO) to the Kansas Legislature relocating the State’s Tourism Division to the Kansas Department of Commerce. The move comes as the result of input from businesses, destination marketing organizations and other key industry partners, including…

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Year in Review: Despite Pandemic, Kelly Administration Reaches Historic Accomplishments

Dec 30, 2020

TOPEKA – As 2020 ends, the Kelly Administration highlights progress made in Kansas despite unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we enter 2021, it’s important that we do not let the events of the last year be exclusively defined by hardship,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Due to good…

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Governor Laura Kelly Celebrates 90 New Jobs in Dodge City at Nor-Am Cold Storage Grand Opening

Oct 20, 2020

DODGE CITY – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the announcement of a new, 148,000-square-foot Nor-Am Cold Storage facility in Dodge City. This is the sixth facility in the Midwest for Nor-Am and second in Kansas, with the other in Elwood. The new Dodge City facility is Nor-Am’s largest. Governor Kelly…

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Commerce Secretary outlines vision for Kansas with Greater Wichita Partnership

Jul 10, 2020

TOPEKA – Under the direction of Governor Laura Kelly, Secretary of Commerce David Toland this morning outlined key initiatives for participants at the annual Mid-Year Investor Meeting of the Greater Wichita Partnership. Secretary Toland discussed momentum building in Kansas and around the region, as well as the growing role of…

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Kansas Commerce among the best in the nation

Mar 12, 2020

Topeka, Kan. –The Kansas Department of Commerce is pleased to announce our own Business Recruitment Director, Alicia Janesko Hutchings was named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers for 2020 by Consultant Connect. Congratulations also go to Glenda Washington of GO Topeka, and Linda Jolly of El Dorado Inc.,…

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Kelly Administration Begins Design of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for State

Oct 7, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today they have kicked off the development of the “Framework for Growth” – a robust strategy to accelerate economic growth in the state of Kansas. The announcement comes after a months-long search for a professional consulting…

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