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Governor applauds USDA relocation announcement

Topeka, Kan. - Gov. Laura Kelly applauded today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to relocate major research agencies from Washington, D.C., to the Kansas City region, along with nearly 600 high-paying federal jobs. “This is a significant win for Kansas and Missouri,” Kelly said. The USDA’s Economic Research Service and the National Institute…

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Morningstar Care Homes, Pinnacle Technology take home highest honors for Business Appreciation Month

Topeka, Kan. – Team Kansas and the Kansas Department of Commerce have announced Morningstar Care Homes of Fredonia as the winner of the Governor’s Award of Excellence, the top award given to a business by the state. The Governor's Exporter of the Year award was given to Pinnacle Technology, Inc. of Lawrence. “Congratulations to Morningstar…

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Personnel Moves Strengthen Commerce Team

Topeka, Kan. – Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced two personnel moves as part of the ongoing restructuring and rebuilding of the Kansas Department of Commerce. To support the goal of strengthening Commerce’s Business and Community Development Division, Secretary Toland has promoted Alicia Janesko Hutchings into the role of Business Recruitment Manager. In her…

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Hostess Brands, LLC Opens Distribution Center in Edgerton, Kansas

Kansas City, MO – May 8, 2019 – Hostess Brands, LLC, along with The State of Kansas Commerce Department and City of Edgerton, today announced the opening of a new distribution center located in Edgerton, Kansas. The new location creates synergies with proximity to Hostess’s corporate office as well as its Emporia bakery, access to…

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The Kansas Department of Commerce names Craig VanWey Employee of the Quarter

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is proud to announce Craig VanWey as the Employee of the Quarter for Q1 2019. Governor Laura Kelly honored VanWey and other Employees of the Quarter in state government during a ceremony Wednesday at the Capitol. A reception for VanWey followed at the Department of Commerce. A…

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Governor announces effort to build comprehensive economic development plan

Topeka, Kan. – The last time the state of Kansas established a comprehensive plan for economic development was in 1986, with the Redwood-Krider report. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Secretary of Commerce David Toland believe it’s time for a new plan. “Economic development in Kansas needs to be modernized, and that means we need a…

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CarMax to Create 300 Jobs in Kansas City Region

Olathe, Kan. – The Kansas City Area Development Council joins its partners at the State of Kansas and the City of Olathe in announcing today that CarMax will create approximately 300 jobs for its new Customer Experience Center opening July 2019 in Olathe, Kansas. Over the coming months, CarMax will hire Customer Experience Consultants, Assistants…

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Speakers spotlight International trade

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced the a session for International Trade Day, as well as the the featured speakers. The session, titled “Navigating Through the Ever-changing Global Trade Landscape,” will take place at the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Day event at the K-State Student Union on June 4, 2019.…

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Art contest celebrates student efforts

Topeka, Kan. - Five Kansas students from across the state received top honors for their artistic endeavors. The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with the National Career Development Association (NCDA), selected the following entries as winners in the statewide 53rd NCDA Annual Poetry and Art Contest:   Primary – Grades K-2: Delaney Williams of…

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Kansas Department of Commerce Announces Finalists for Governor's Exporter of the Year Award

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is announcing the finalists for the Governor’s Exporter of the Year award. The winner will be announced on June 4th at an Awards Presentation Banquet.   The following three companies are the finalists for the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award:   Cargill Protein Headquartered in Wichita,…

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Governor Kelly highlights importance of accurate 2020 Census, Creates Kansas Complete Count Committee, appoints co-chairs

Topeka, Kan. - This morning, through Executive Order 19-07, Governor Laura Kelly launched an initiative to make every Kansan count. She established the Kansas Complete Count Committee (CCC) to ensure that every Kansan is represented in the 2020 Census. A CCC is a volunteer committee established by tribal, state and local governments and community leaders…

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The State of Kansas Joins The Skillful State Network

Topeka, Kan. - Kansas has joined The Skillful State Network, a Markle Foundation initiative. Governor Laura Kelly, along with the governors of California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Pennsylvania have joined the founding states in the Network’s efforts to create a labor market in which skills learned anywhere are valued and people can rapidly…

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KANSASWORKS Mobile Workforce Center Available to Nebraska Workers Impacted by Floods

Lincoln, Ne. - The State of Kansas has donated its KANSASWORKS Mobile Workforce Center for stops in Bellevue, Fremont, Valley and Plattsmouth April 16-19. Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) unemployment insurance claims specialists and employment specialists will be stationed in the workforce center at each location to assist with claims for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)…

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Kansas Claims Number One Spot for Wind Energy Production

Topeka, Kan. - In an effort to raise awareness of clean energy activity in Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly is highlighting the American Wind Energy Association’s 2018 Annual Market Report. The report, released yesterday, shows that Kansas is now the number one producer for wind energy production as a share of total electricity generation. Kansas surpassed…

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Bonnie & Clyde in Hugoton, KS: New Medicine Findings Inspire KUMC Exhibit, Open to the Public through May

Topeka, Kan. – History has been found in Hugoton, and Kansans interested in checking it out for themselves can see it in person at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. The exhibit, titled “Medicine Unearthed: How a Bootlegger’s Tunnel helped Preserve a Chapter of Kansas Medical History,” is open at the Clendening…

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Kansas Senate Confirms David Toland For Secretary of Commerce

Topeka – The Senate voted to confirm the appointment of David Toland to serve as Secretary of Commerce for the state of Kansas on Monday, April 1, in a 23 – 14 vote. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead this Department and to work alongside the Commerce team to bring prosperity to all…

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Garden City STAR Bond Project Approved

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce approved a $129 million STAR bond project for Garden City, KS yesterday. Garden City has been authorized to use $25.4 million in STAR Bond funds for the project. Garden City received bonding authority in order to assist with the Sports of the World Complex project. The STAR…

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Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces Indigenous Arts Initiative Events

Topeka, Kan. - As a partnership between University of Kansas (Spencer Museum of Art, Film and Media Studies, and the Lied Center) and the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, the Indigenous Arts Initiative supports a rotating series of Indigenous art labs that provide emerging Indigenous artists opportunities to expand their professional networks, hone creative skills…

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$250,000 Community Development Block Grant issued to Kechi, KS for Building Repair Project

Topeka, Kan. – The city of Kechi will receive a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Kansas Department of Commerce to improve a nearly-hundred-year-old building. The grant funds are part of the CDBG funding the State receives from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. The building’s owners will provide $83,934 in…

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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2 Million to Support the Manufacturing Industry in Wichita, Kansas

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2 million grant to Wichita State University (WSU) of Wichita, Kansas, to purchase equipment needed to support regional manufacturing growth and training. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 150 jobs.  …

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2019 Statewide Job Fair Boasts Impressive Turnout

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 as compared to the 2018…

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TrueAccord Selects KC for Shared Services Operation

February 20, 2019 – TrueAccord, a San Francisco-based FinTech company, announced today it will invest $1.34 million in a new shared services operation in Lenexa. “We chose the greater Kansas City area after a thorough nationwide search. We reviewed factors such as ease of travel, cost of doing business and the local culture. Ultimately, our decision…

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