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Commerce Announces $390,000 in Emergency HEAL Grant Funding Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced more than $390,000 in Emergency Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (E-HEAL) grants has been awarded to five recipients. More than $770,000 private local matching funds will be added to that total, to help bring rural downtown buildings back from likely demolition or collapse – and rehabilitate them back into productive use. Kansas Main Street Selects Eight Rural Communities for New Housing Grant Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced eight inaugural grant recipients of the Residential Opportunities on Main Street (ROOMS) program. A total of eight projects in Designated Kansas Main Street communities are receiving $50,000 each to create a total of 35 new residential units in the upper floors of downtown buildings. Kansas Nonprofits Receive More than $4M in Community Service Program Tax Credits Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $4.1 million in Community Service Program (CSP) Tax Credits have been awarded to support the fundraising efforts of 26 nonprofit organizations across Kansas. These funds will enhance local access to quality childcare, healthcare, education, arts, and housing services. Kansas Earns Gold Shovel Award for Fourth Consecutive Year Governor Laura Kelly announced today that Kansas has garnered Area Development magazine’s coveted Gold Shovel Award for the fourth year in a row. The latest accolade—without precedent in state history—reflects the economic development success the state has experienced under the Kelly administration. View All


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Workforce Services for Employers

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In Kansas, we know that access to a qualified, trained and educated workforce is central to a company’s success. The Department of Commerce has a number of programs, services and incentives available for employers who choose to call Kansas home.

Federal Bonding Program

This program incentivizes employers hiring individuals whose background can pose significant barriers to securing or retaining employment. Qualified employers may receive fidelity bonds for applicants who have been or may be denied coverage by commercial …

Foreign Labor Certification

The Foreign Labor Certification program qualifies employers to hire foreign or alien workers if unable to find qualified and available U.S. workers to fill vacancies.

Incumbent Worker Program

Build and maintain a quality workforce and increase your competitiveness. This work-based training program helps employers avert potential layoffs and increase the skill level of employees to create a solid workforce pipeline.

Kansas Industrial Retraining

This program is a job retention tool that helps employees of restructuring companies who are likely to be displaced because of obsolete or inadequate job skills and knowledge.

Kansas Industrial Training

This program assists companies involved in job creation in Kansas. Training can include subjects that provide knowledge and specific skills necessary for job entry including instruction on the company’s own production equipment on the plant …

On-the-Job Training

On-the-Job Training allows businesses to train and retain skilled, productive employees. What we do is simple – we work with you to find new employees that you train – your way, on site. We even …

Registered Apprenticeship

Registered Apprenticeship is a talent development model that combines actual work experience with classroom related instruction and produces a worker skilled in the occupation. Sponsoring a Registered Apprenticeship program develops employees to contribute to your …


RETAINWORKS is a free, grant-funded program focused on helping people whose lives have recently been disrupted because of an injury, illness, or worsening health problem. With early coordination of support and services, along with training, individuals …

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit

This federal tax credit is available to employers who hire individuals from certain target groups who consistently face barriers to employment.

Workforce AID

This employer-led program is designed to help fill the skills gap by connecting industry with technical training providers and talent pool ready, willing and able to learn specific functions. Cost savings to the employer are …


You are one step closer to finding candidates for your open positions. Unlike most other online job posting sites, creating a KANSASWORKS employer account is absolutely FREE. Once you create your account, you are able to list your open positions, as well as view resumes for qualified candidates!

Resources for Businesses Experiencing Workforce Reductions

Access Rapid Response Resources

Rapid Response teams work with employers to quickly maximize public and private resources to minimize disruptions associated with job loss.

Provide Notice of Layoffs

The WARN Act requires advance notice to the Kansas Dislocated Worker Unit in cases of qualified plant closings and mass layoffs.