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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 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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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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Office of Rural Prosperity Announces Successful 2020 Initiatives in Annual Report

Jan 28, 2021

TOPEKA – Today Governor Laura Kelly, Lt. Governor David Toland, and Treasurer Lynn Rogers announced the release of the Office of Rural Prosperity’s (ORP) 2020 Annual Report. The report outlines ORP’s policy priorities and the office’s ongoing projects, including rural infrastructure and broadband, childcare and early education, housing, and community…

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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 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 Three New Openings in Program to Revitalize Downtown Corridors, Strengthen Economic Development

Nov 23, 2020

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the Kansas Main Street program will be accepting applications for up to three new communities in the state interested in joining. The Main Street program – designed to develop and strengthen downtown corridors – has been a proven success for rural communities throughout…

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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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Industrial Service Technologies

Nov 9, 2020

IST has announced it will bring its company headquarters and metal fabrication division to Tonganoxie, Kansas. The company plans to employ up to 37 people within five years. IST is constructing a 6,400 square foot facility with options to expand as the company grows. The company has operations in four…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Peerless Products Expansion to Create Over 100 Jobs in Iola

Oct 27, 2020

TOPEKA - Governor Laura Kelly today celebrated the announcement of Peerless Products, Inc., purchasing a 150,000-square-foot facility in Iola to expand its production capability. Peerless estimates the expansion will create 100 to 120 new full-time jobs in Iola over the next five years, with a capital investment of $10.35 million.…

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2019 Statewide Job Fair Boasts Impressive Turnout

Mar 12, 2019

Topeka, Kan. – The 2019 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair took place at 11 different locations across the state with a sharp increase in participation over last year. This year’s Statewide Fair had a 114% increase in the number of job seekers and a 127% increase in the number of employers…

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