Kansas workers are a driving factor in the expansion of our state’s economy. With outstanding schools and good partnerships between industry and education, Kansas businesses have access to a workforce that is prepared to meet the needs of companies in a highly competitive global economy. Though much of the state’s population is concentrated in metropolitan areas, firms locating to any region of the state will find a motivated and skilled workforce ready to put its talent to work. Unlike most states, Kansas combines economic development and workforce services in its Department of Commerce. This combination creates a seamless experience for employers as they seek assistance in addressing their employment needs. It also helps to ensure that workforce services programs are employer demand driven and focused on providing the skilled workforce sought by Kansas employers.