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Governor Kelly Announces More than $8M to be Invested in Digital Opportunities Governor Laura Kelly announced today that Kansas is receiving $8.2 million to begin implementing the Kansas Digital Equity (DE) Plan, which recently received federal approval. This announcement solidifies the state’s commitment to transform the landscape of high-speed internet connectivity and digital opportunity across Kansas. Nominations Open for 2024 Minority, Women Enterprise Development Awards Today Lieutenant Governor and Department of Commerce Secretary David Toland announced a call for nominations for the 2024 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards. These annual awards are one way the agency acknowledges and observes the growing impact that minority- and women-led companies have on their communities and the Kansas economy. Governor Kelly Announces KMW to Invest $105M in Sterling, Create 251 New Jobs in Kansas Governor Laura Kelly today announced that KMW, a precision manufacturer of agricultural front loaders, backhoes, and other attachments, will invest $105 million to construct a new North American headquarters and state-of-the-art production facility in Sterling. The venture will create 251 new jobs, resulting in a local workforce of 485. Commerce Celebrates National Community Development Week The Kansas Department of Commerce is joining other organizations and communities across the state in commemorating National Community Development Week. The annual event, which this year is April 1-5, shines a spotlight on the transformative impact of community development initiatives and collaborative efforts that drive positive local change.  View All

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Governor Laura Kelly Congratulates Kansas Poet Laureate Huascar Medina on National Recognition

Jul 2, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today congratulated Huascar Medina, Poet Laureate of Kansas, on his recent nomination by President Joe Biden to be a member of the National Council on the Arts.  The National Council on the Arts advises the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, who also…

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Union Pacific and National Main Street Center award grants to support recovery of Kansas Main Streets

Jun 17, 2020

TOPEKA – The National Main Street Center (NMSC) is pleased to announce the eight recipients of the Union Pacific Kansas Main Street Recovery Fund, a grant program to support the economic recovery of Kansas downtowns and commercial districts impacted by COVID-19. This program is made possible by Union Pacific, and…

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Alcohol for the Greater Good

Apr 7, 2020

Happy National Beer Day! With 36 unique breweries across our state, Kansas is no stranger to beer. In any regular year, we would be taking this time to celebrate the different flavors, styles and varieties of beer created in the sunflower state. However, in light of this year’s new challenges,…

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Kansas poetry champ shoots for national crown

Apr 30, 2019

Topeka, Kan. - 2017 Poetry Out Loud State Champion Khadija Ceesay from Olathe South High School is competing today in the regional semifinals of the National Poetry Out Loud Competition, with a chance to advance to Wednesday’s final competition. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation is…

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