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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Kansas Department of Commerce announces plans for 2018 Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development is announcing plans for its 34th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will take place during Kansas Minority Enterprise D...

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Overstock.com Announces New Kansas City Distribution Center

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KANSAS CITY – Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK), one of the world’s largest online home goods and furniture retailers, today announced the opening of a distribution center in Kansas City, Kansas that the company expects will create ove...

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Posted on: September 12, 2018

The Kansas Department of Commerce Announces Plans for 2018 Energy Conference

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce will be hosting the 2018 Kansas Governor’s Energy Conference on October 11th through the 12th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kansas.

This event will be a gathering of the top minds in t...

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Posted on: September 6, 2018

Community Service Tax Credits awarded to 16 nonprofits

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded 16 nonprofit organizations around the state Community Service Tax Credits (CSP). Since 1994, CSP has helped nonprofit organizations undertake major capital fund-raising drives for several different p...

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Posted on: August 21, 2018

Registration Opens for 2018 Kansas Governor’s Energy Conference

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Registration is now open for the 2018 Kansas Governor’s Energy Conference, which will be held October 11 and 12 in Manhattan.

Our state’s energy sector has brought billions of dollars of capital investment and thousands of quality jobs to Kansas,” said Kan...

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Posted on: August 16, 2018

Manufacturing Summit coming to Wichita

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TOPEKA – Wichita is the site of the second annual Kansas Manufacturing Summit, a forum providing those in the manufacturing sector the opportunity to network, learn about business match options, and gain insight into workforce development. The e...

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Posted on: August 13, 2018

Turn5 Selects Kansas City Area for New eCommerce Fulfillment Center

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Turn5, an award-winning eCommerce retailer, announced today it will open a new distribution center in Lenexa, Kansas. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening event will take place on October 29, 2018 from 11 a.m. - noon at the new Turn5 location.Turn5...

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Posted on: August 10, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Now Accepting Applications for 2018 New Dance Lab

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TOPEKA -- The New Dance Lab, a partnership between The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and Johnson County Community College, is accepting applications for 2018.

The New Dance Lab will allow a select group of established and aspiring dance profes...

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Posted on: August 7, 2018

Palmer Manufacturing to invest $16 million in its Garden City plant, expanding workforce to 200

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GARDEN CITY, KS (August 7, 2018) – Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. today announced that Palmer Manufacturing and Tank, Inc., a manufacturer of steel and fiberglass tanks and processing equipment for the oil and gas industry, is making a $16 mi...

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Posted on: August 3, 2018

Governor’s Office Receives Grant for Statewide Broadband Mapping Project

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The Information Network of Kansas (“INK”) Board of Directors has approved a $300,000 grant request by Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. to complete a Statewide Broadband Mapping project.The project, which will be undertaken by non-profit Conn...

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Convey Health Solutions Announces New Distribution Facility in Kansas City Region

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Convey Health Solutions (Convey), a leading provider of specialized healthcare technology and services for the government-sponsored markets, today announced the opening of a new distribution facility and creation of more than 40 jo...

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Posted on: July 31, 2018

Governor Colyer Announces Addition of 1000 New Jobs with Expansion of Shamrock Trading Corp

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TOPEKA –Governor Jeff Colyer, today joined leaders from Shamrock Trading Corporation in Overland Park to announce a major expansion, which, subject to review and approval from the City of Overland Park, will create over 1000 new jobs at an avera...

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Posted on: July 27, 2018

New Directions Behavioral Health moves to Sprint campus in Overland Park

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – July 20, 2018 – New Directions Behavioral Health announced plans to move its headquarters from Kansas City, Missouri to the Sprint campus in Overland Park, Kansas. The company recently finalized terms of the new lease, which will begin ...

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Posted on: July 19, 2018

Governor Colyer Announces New "Land in Kansas" Strategic Economic Development Initiative

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On Thursday, Governor Jeff Colyer announced the launch of a new economic development initiative aimed at attracting investment and promoting business expansion in Kansas. Colyer was joined by Interim Secretary of Commerce Bob North, Secretary of Agricultu...

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

Announcing plans for first annual Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Conference

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce, KANSASWORKS, Kansas Department for Children and Families, and the Kansas Board of Regents are currently planning the first annual Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Conference in Kansas. This confere...

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces Grants

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is now accepting applications for its two main grant categories, The Strategic Investment Program and The Arts Integration Program.

The Strategic Investment Program recognizes the important role crea...

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Posted on: July 12, 2018

The “#1 Aviation Workforce in the USA” to be promoted at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow

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Wichita, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Greater Wichita Partnership will lead a delegation of industry partners and local business leaders to the Farnborough International Airshow July 16 – 20 in Hampshire, England to promote K...

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Posted on: July 12, 2018

Kansas Commerce launches KansasCentral.com, an Online Business and Economic Development Magazine

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce announces the launch of a new online magazine loaded with news and feature articles on business and economic development topics in Kansas. KansasCentral.com is aimed to keep Kansans and anyone interested in star...

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Posted on: July 9, 2018

$5 million still available for innovative emerging businesses through Kansas Angels program

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TOPEKA – Five million dollars in tax credits are still available to investors in innovative emerging businesses in Kansas through the Kansas Angel Tax Credit (KAITC) program. The program offers Kansas income tax credits to qualified individuals ...

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

Governor Jeff Colyer announces hiring of new Regulatory Ombudsman for Kansas Businesses

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TOPEKA – Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. has announced the hiring of Tom Arpke to fill the role of Regulatory Ombudsman at the Kansas Department of Commerce. Tom will help businesses looking to expand or start operating in Kansas to navigate the regu...

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Posted on: June 26, 2018

Kansas Department of Commerce Earns 11th Silver Shovel Award for Economic Development Wins

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce has again been recognized by Area Development magazine with one of its Silver Shovel awards. The Silver Shovel award honors state economic development agencies that drive significant job creation throug...

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Posted on: June 21, 2018

Kiewit Breaks Ground on New Campus in Lenexa City Center

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LENEXA — Governor Jeff Colyer and Mayor Michael Boehm today joined Kiewit to officially break ground on a new campus at the Lenexa City Center. The roughly $100 million project includes a new six-story building along with renov...

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Posted on: June 21, 2018

Union Tank Car Company to Expand Repair Facility in El Dorado, Kansas

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EL DORADO -- This summer, Union Tank Car Company (UTLX) will begin to expand their railcar repair facility in El Dorado, Kansas. UTLX, the largest manufacturer, lessor, and maintainer of rail tank cars in North America, plans to add repair capabilities to...

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

Camso Selects Kansas for new Manufacturing Operations

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JUNCTION CITY – Camso, an industry leader in manufacturing off-road tires, wheels tracks and track systems, announced plans today to establish a new manufacturing operation in Geary County, Kansas.

Camso serves the material handling, construction...

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Posted on: June 19, 2018

GEICO announces new service center in KC region

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GEICO, the second-largest private passenger auto insurer and one of the fastest-growing major auto insurers in the U.S., will open a new service center and create 500 new jobs over the next five years starting with sales and customer service professionals...

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Posted on: June 18, 2018

Dr. Diane DeBacker to join gathering of State and Federal STEM Education Leaders at the White House

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TOPEKA – Dr. Diane DeBacker, Executive Director of Business and Education Innovation at the Kansas Department of Commerce, will attend the first-of-its-kind State-Federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Summit...

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Posted on: June 14, 2018

Kubota Tractor Corporation Completes Land Purchase for Future Logistics Campus and Midwest Office

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EDGERTON, Kansas (June 14, 2018) – Kubota Tractor Corporation today announced the completion of a 200-acre land purchase within Phase II of Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton, making the company the first major tenant for the indust...

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Posted on: June 15, 2018

Kansas awarded $1.2 million additional grant funding for Statewide Apprenticeship Program

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce been awarded $1.2 million in additional grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship to help grow the statewide Registered Apprenticeship Program. This new funding follows an initial ...

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Posted on: June 6, 2018

Kansas Department of Commerce accepting nominations for Minority Enterprise Development Week awards

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority and Women Business Development is accepting nominations for Kansas minority and/or women-owned businesses, advocates, young entrepreneurs, and corporations. These nominations celebrate Nationa...

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Posted on: June 5, 2018

Winners of the Governor’s Exporter of the Year and Award of Excellence awards named

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LAWRENCE, KS – Winners of the Governor’s Exporter of the Year and Award of Excellence awards were announced this evening at the Team Kansas banquet in Lawrence, Kansas.  Team Kansas, an economic development group comprised of ...

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Posted on: June 4, 2018

Governor Colyer Appoints Stanley Adams as Director of Broadband Initiatives for Kansas

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TOPEKA-- Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. today announced the appointment of Stanley Adams as Director of Broadband Initiatives at the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Mr. Adams, who previously served as Director of Statewide Broadband Initiatives with the Departm...

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Posted on: June 4, 2018

PRA Health Sciences announces major expansion plans in Lenexa, Kansas

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LENEXA, KS – The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that PRA Health Sciences (PRA), which currently employs 680 people in Kansas, will significantly expand its Kansas footprint with investment in a new 48,000-square-foot bioanalytical laborator...

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

Governor Colyer proclaims June as Business Appreciation Month

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TOPEKA – Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. has issued an official Governor’s proclamation declaring June 2018 as Business Appreciation Month in recognition of the vital role businesses of all sizes play in strengthening the Kansas economy.

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Posted on: May 31, 2018

Vituity Selects Kansas City Area for New System Support Center

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LEAWOOD -- Vituity, a leading physician-owned healthcare delivery organization, announced today it has opened a new system support center in Leawood, Kan. in an effort to grow and transform the practice, delivery and business of healthcare in the Kansas C...

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Posted on: May 24, 2018

Finalists announced for Governor's Exporter of the Year award

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TOPEKA – Kansas International Trade Day will be held June 5, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Lawrence DoubleTree Hotel.  The conference will feature speakers from business and government with sessions designed to help Kansas businesses...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Kansas Strengthens Trade Relations by Rejoining the Midwest-US Japan Association

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Topeka- Governor Jeff Colyer announced today that Kansas will renew its alliance with Japan by rejoining the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association. Governor Colyer met with the Japanese consulate in April at the Capitol to discuss the relationship between Kansas...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

Kansas Department of Commerce announces leadership changes

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce announces Wade Wiebe has been appointed as the agency’s Director of Workforce Innovation. The agency also announces the appointments of Susan NeuPoth Cadoret as Director of Business and Commun...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

U.S. Treasury Department approves 74 census tracts Governor Colyer nominated as Opportunity Zones

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TOPEKA – The U.S. Department of Treasury has officially certified Governor Jeff Colyer’s nomination of 74 census tracts to be designated as Qualified Opportunity Zones and has designated those tracts as such.  The approved Opp...

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Posted on: May 7, 2018

National Economic Development Week – May 7 - 12

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce is joining economic development agencies across the country in celebration of National Economic Development Week from May 7-12. During this week, the agency will highlight the vital services that econom...

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Posted on: April 26, 2018

Public Restroom Company to Locate in Hutchinson

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Hutchinson, Kansas – Public Restroom Company announced today they will purchase the building at 714 Corey Road in Hutchinson, Kansas. The Public Restroom Company is a family-owned and operated small business who manufactures restrooms for outdoo...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Governor’s Exporter of the Year award to celebrate its 30th anniversary

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TOPEKA – Kansas International Trade Day will be held June 5, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Lawrence DoubleTree Hotel.  The conference will feature speakers from business and government with sessions designed to help Kansas businesses...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Innovative Online Tool Guides Kansas Job Seekers

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TOPEKA, Kan. – An innovative online tool created and launched by Kansas labor and commerce officials aims to get Kansans to work in the highest paying and most in-demand jobs.

From accountants, to nurses, to aerospace engineers—the Kans...

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Posted on: April 11, 2018

New KSapprenticeship.org website connects job seekers with companies offering apprenticeships

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with KANSASWORKS, has launched a new website aimed at connecting job seekers with Kansas companies offering on-the-job training through the state’s Registered Apprenticeship program. KSapprentices...

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Posted on: April 10, 2018

Flow International to relocate manufacturing and operations to Baxter Springs

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BAXTER SPRINGS, KS (April 10, 2018) – Flow International Corporation, a Shape Technologies Group (SHAPE) company, has announced it is relocating its manufacturing and operations functions from Kent, Washington to its KMT Waterjet plant in Baxter Springs, ...

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Posted on: March 21, 2018

Governor Colyer announces communities to be designated as Opportunity Zones

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TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. and officials from state government agencies have completed a review of Letters of Interest submitted from communities across the state to be considered for designation as Opportunity Zones.

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Posted on: April 2, 2018

Kansas Launches “My (Re)Employment Plan” Workforce Program to Improve Services for Job Seekers

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In an effort to match unemployed job seekers with Kansas employers looking to hire workers, Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., is proud to announce that the State of Kansas has launched “My (Re)Employment Plan,” a program that blends enhanced...

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Posted on: March 29, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission adds six artists to Touring Roster

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission has added six artists to the official Kansas Touring Roster, a directory of Kansas artists which helps match artists with venues.

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Posted on: March 28, 2018

PBI-Gordon Relocating Corporate Headquarters to Shawnee, Kansas

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SHAWNEE, KS -- PBI-Gordon Corporation announced today that it plans to relocate its corporate headquarters to a new facility in Shawnee, Kansas.

The 100 percent employee-owned manufacturer of consumer and professional turf and landscape products, and anima...

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Posted on: March 27, 2018

Service Master DSI Selects Shawnee Kansas for Headquarters Offices

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Shawnee, Kansas (March 27, 2018) - The Shawnee Economic Development Council (SEDC) announced ServiceMaster DSI will relocate the headquarters for the company’s national large loss division ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) to Shaw...

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Posted on: March 27, 2018

Employers lining up for upcoming technology job fair

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To provide quick job hunting assistance to recently laid-off workers from Sprint, the Kansas Department of Commerce, KANSASWORKS and Workforce Partnership immediately made plans to conduct a technology-focused job fair. A number of leading companies and o...

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Posted on: March 26, 2018

Middle school battle bot builders to test robot contenders at Rubbermaid prior to BotsKC Competition

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Rubbermaid and the Kansas Department of Commerce are sponsoring a team of “battle bot” builders from Winfield Middle School which will be competing in the upcoming BotsKC tournament on April 7. The team of students will meet on April 2...

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Posted on: March 19, 2018

Kansas Commerce welcomes ERBER Group to its new North American Headquarters in Overland Park

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (Mar 19, 2018) – ERBER Group, the holding company for five divisions including BIOMIN America and Romer Labs®, has established its new ERBER Group hub in Kansas City. The move brings BIOMIN and Romer Labs closer to each...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

KANSASWORKS and Kansas Department of Commerce Announce Plans for Technology Job Fair in Lenexa

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TOPEKA – Upon learning of Sprint’s announcement to lay off 120 of its primarily technical employees, the Kansas Department of Commerce, KANSASWORKS and Workforce Partnership immediately made plans to conduct a technology-focused job fa...

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Posted on: March 2, 2018

KANSASWORKS and Kansas Department of Commerce All Ready for Statewide Job Fair on March 8

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TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Commerce and KANSASWORKS, along with job centers across the state, are all set to hold the state’s biggest job fair. The KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair on March 8, 2018 will provide employers, veterans and job s...

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Posted on: February 28, 2018

Supporting the arts is easy in Kansas with “Arts Checkoff” on tax returns

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TOPEKA – While Kansans are pulling together their W-2s and other documents to prepare their 2017 annual tax returns, the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) would like to remind Kansans they may direct all or part of their state i...

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Posted on: February 20, 2018

Kansas communities may apply now for designation as an Opportunity Zone

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TOPEKA – On Tuesday, Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. announced that the Kansas Department of Commerce is now accepting proposals from communities to designate eligible low-income census tracts as Kansas Opportunity Zones under the new Federal Opportu...

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Posted on: February 13, 2018

Kansas Commerce now accepting nominations for Business Appreciation Month awards

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TOPEKA – Business Appreciation Month will again be recognized statewide in June, serving as a tribute to Kansas businesses for their contributions to our state. The Kansas Department of Commerce is now accepting nominations for Business Apprecia...

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Posted on: February 8, 2018

Kansas Commerce now accepting applications for Kansas Angels business investment program

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TOPEKA – Applications are now being accepted for companies seeking investment through the Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit (KAITC) program. The program offers Kansas income tax credits to qualified individuals who provide seed-capital financing ...

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

HCA Midwest Health Division Office Chooses Overland Park for New Headquarters

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Overland Park, Kansas (February 7, 2018)—HCA Midwest Health, the Kansas City area’s leading healthcare provider, has chosen to relocate its Division office headquarters from Kansas City, Missouri to Overland Park, Kansas. The move will...

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Posted on: February 6, 2018

Announcing plans for 2018 Rural Opportunities Conference

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TOPEKA – The annual Kansas Rural Opportunities Conference affords an opportunity for entrepreneurs, small business owners, economic development professionals, community representatives and telecommunications and internet service providers to com...

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Posted on: February 5, 2018

Kansas Commerce announces plans for 2018 International Trade Day Conference

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TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Commerce will host the annual Kansas International Trade Day conference on June 5 in Lawrence. The conference will feature speakers and sessions designed to help Kansas businesses start exporting or grow existing exports....

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Posted on: January 25, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces 2018 Tallgrass Artist Residency

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TOPEKA -- The Tallgrass Artist Residency, a partnership between The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) and the Center for Living Education, a non-profit organization that manages the Bank Art Space in Matfield Green, is now accepting appli...

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Posted on: January 24, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission now accepting applications for expanded Touring Roster

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TOPEKA -- To help promote Kansas-based performing artists, The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) maintains an approved Touring Roster of Kansas-based touring companies and artists. The roster enables those looking to book performers to id...

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Posted on: January 23, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission now accepting applications for two grant programs

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is now accepting applications for its two main grant categories, The Strategic Investment Program and The Arts Integration Program.

The Strategic Investment Program recognizes the important role crea...

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Posted on: January 19, 2018

$12.9 million in Community Development Block Grants awarded for community improvement projects

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 32 communities will receive federal grants for a variety of community improvement projects, including sewer and water projects, housing rehabilitation and community facilities improvements. Th...

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Posted on: January 16, 2018

Jan. 26 is deadline to submit Exporter of the Year nominations

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Jan. 26 is the final day to submit nominations to the Kansas Department of Commerce for the 2018 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award. The award is presented to a single Kansas business each year for excellence in international trade and market...

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Posted on: January 10, 2018

KANSASWORKS and Kansas Department of Commerce announce plans for Statewide Job Fair

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TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with KANSASWORKS, will host the KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair on March 8, 2018. The annual job fair will provide employers, veterans and job seekers with the unique opportunity to connect face-to...

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Posted on: December 28, 2017

Nick Jordan to continue in role as Interim Commerce Secretary

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TOPEKA – At the request of Governor Sam Brownback, Nick Jordan, Interim Secretary of Commerce, will continue serving in this role until such time as the U.S. Senate votes to confirm the Governor’s position as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Rel...

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Posted on: December 20, 2017

Triple Crown Realty Trust, LP Announces Anchor Tenant at Ironhorse Manufacturing Park

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Wichita, KS -- Lange Real Estate and AREA Real Estate Advisors have signed the first tenant in Wichita’s largest speculative industrial project, Ironhorse Manufacturing Park, which is owned by Triple Crown Realty Trust, LP. The companies have agreed to te...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Industrial Maintenance of Topeka Inc. relocates and expands

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Industrial Maintenance of Topeka Inc, better known as IMI, has relocated from their previous location outside of Shawnee County to a new location in Topeka to better serve current local clients and sustain continued growth.

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Posted on: December 12, 2017

Governor Brownback announces new Executive Director of Business and Education Innovation

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TOPEKA-- Governor Sam Brownback on Tuesday announced the appointment of Dr. Diane M. DeBacker as Executive Director of Business and Education Innovation at the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Dr. DeBacker is a former State of Kansas Education Commissioner, ...

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Posted on: December 11, 2017

KanPak expands in Arkansas City with development of new distribution center and warehouse

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Arkansas City, Kansas (December 11, 2017) –  KanPak U.S., a leading supplier of beverages and desserts using aseptic processing technology, servicing the quick service restaurant (QSR), convenience store and retail food industry announc...

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Posted on: December 6, 2017

Spirit AeroSystems announces major expansion

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WICHITA -- Spirit AeroSystems, one of the pioneering companies in the aerospace and aviation industry, is today announcing a major expansion of its Wichita operations – including 1,000 new jobs and $1 billion in capital investment.

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Department of Commerce accepting nominations for 2018 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas business for excellence in international trade and marketing. The winner will be annou...

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Posted on: November 15, 2017

Lieutenant Governor Colyer to visit Exporter of Year winner Lee Aerospace on Nov. 20th

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Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer will tour the Wichita headquarters of Lee Aerospace on November 20. Lee Aerospace won the 2017 Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas business each year for excellence ...

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Posted on: November 13, 2017

Celebrating Apprenticeship Week - Nov. 13 - 19

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TOPEKA – To recognize the value and importance of the statewide Registered Apprenticeship Program in meeting the workforce needs of Kansas employers, the week of November 13-19 has been named Apprenticeship Week in the State of Kansas. Registere...

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Posted on: November 2, 2017

Simmons Pet Food Announces Facility Expansion in Emporia

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EMPORIA -- Today Simmons Pet Food, Inc., a leading supplier of custom and private label pet food solutions in the U.S. and Canada, broke ground on a facility expansion at its Flexible Packaging Facility in Emporia, Kansas. The $38 million investment will ...

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Posted on: October 27, 2017

Kubota Officially Announces Plans for $87 Million Expansion in Kansas to Create a New Logistics Hub,

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Kubota Tractor Corporation officially confirmed today its plans to plant solid roots in Kansas for its North American Distribution Center (NADC) by announcing the details of its letter of intent to purchase 203 acres near the company’s current leased faci...

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Posted on: October 19, 2017

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission adds seven artists to Touring Roster

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The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission has added seven artists to the official Kansas Touring Roster, a directory of Kansas artists which helps match artists with venues.

“The Kansas Touring Roster represents the best in Kansas arts and culture. If...

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Posted on: October 18, 2017

Kansas Commerce Welcomes US-EU Trade Meeting to Kansas

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The Kansas Department of Commerce is pleased to welcome to Kansas the annual meeting between trade representatives from the United States and the European Union. Nick Jordan, Interim Secretary, and Stan Ahlerich, Executive Director for Workforce and Innov...

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Posted on: February 28, 2017

2017 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair

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The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with KANSASWORKS, will host the 2017 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair on March 9, 2017. The annual job fair will provide employers, veterans and job seekers with the unique opportunity to connect face-to-fac...

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Posted on: February 28, 2017

Kansas Commerce Announces Global Manufacturing Summit

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The 2017 Global Manufacturing Summit, hosted by the Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with Pittsburg State University on Thursday and Friday, April 6 – 7, 2017. The Manufacturing Summit will bring together industry experts to discuss...

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

Spectrum Brands Hardware and Home Improvement Division to Open New Distribution Facility at Logistic

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The Kansas Department of Commerce has the pleasure of announcing that Spectrum Brands Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) division plans to centralize its operations from two existing distribution facilities in Charlotte, N.C., and Mira Loma, Calif., into...

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces Tallgrass Artist Residency

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The Tallgrass Artist Residency is now accepting applications from artists currently living in a place within the ecological boundaries of the North American prairie to participate in the 2017 residency program. The residency program was first implemented ...

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

2017 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair

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The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with KANSASWORKS, will host the 2017 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair on March 9, 2017. The annual job fair will provide employers, veterans and job seekers with the unique opportunity to connect face-to-fac...

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

Community Development Block Grants Awarded for Community Facilities Projects

 The Kansas Department of Commerce would like to announce the Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program award of $3,302,984 in CDBG funds will go to 14 communities across the state. The communities receiving the grant funds ha...

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

Community Development Block Grants Awarded for Improvement of Water and Wastewater Systems

The Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program is announcing the award of $5,370,955 to 14 communities across the state. The funds will be used to make improvements to respective water and wastewater systems. The awarded communities wil...

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

Community Development Block Grants Awarded for Housing Rehabilitation and Demolition

The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced that four Kansas communities would share $1,200,000 in federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for Housing Rehabilitation/Demolition. These housing projects will rehabili...

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Posted on: January 4, 2017

Kansas: A Thriving Community of Life Scientists

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Kansas’ various industries are part of what makes the state’s business climate so vibrant. The life science sector engages a variety of businesses, three state universities and soon, the federal government. The life science sector includes human, animal a...

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Posted on: December 29, 2016

Healing Technology Engineered in Kansas

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Dave Brinckerhoff is the owner of MSI Automation Inc. out of Wichita, Kansas. He comes from a family of engineers and innovators. Through the use of his expertise and his manufacturing company, Dave is making strides in system development against cancer. ...

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Posted on: December 21, 2016

Made in Kansas The Heart of America

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The Kansas Department of Commerce would like to introduce a new initiative aimed at enhancing the pride of the Kansas manufacturing industry. 

Made in Kansas, The Heart of America will be used to promote Kansas' expanding manufacturing in...

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Posted on: December 20, 2016

Black & Veatch Providing Excellence in Engineering

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Engineering is one of the strongest driving forces behind the technological innovations that are stimulating the Kansas economy, through increasing efficiency and enhancing the quality of life in the state. In the heart of the Midwest, industry-renowned B...

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

Kansas Spotlight: MSI Automation

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Dave Brinckerhoff is the owner of MSI Automation Inc. out of Wichita, Kansas. He comes from a family of engineers and innovators. Through the use of his expertise and his manufacturing company, Dave is making strides in system development against cancer. ...

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Posted on: December 8, 2016

Kansas Engineering: A Sophisticated Design

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Engineering is a bright and fundamental sector of the Kansas economy and business climate. In Kansas, a greater percentage of the population are engineers than in the rest of the nation. Kansas has strengths in certain engineering specialties including, a...

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurs Takes Off

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Kansas’ small businesses are the backbone of its economy and the heart of the business climate in the state. These businesses create vibrant culture and community spirit with their very existence. Their importance does not go unnoticed. The Kans...

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

Angel Tax Credits Help Ensure Success of Kansas Businesses

Entrepreneurship is important to the Kansas economy in many ways. There are more than 246,000 small businesses in Kansas. These businesses account for 35.1 percent of all Kansas businesses. In some cases, small businesses require assistance to get their v...

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Posted on: November 17, 2016

Get Ready Challenge Fosters Entrepreneurship in Local High School Students.

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This September, 15 high school students got to put their entrepreneurial skills to the test as they participated in the Be Ready Challenge 2016. The students’ presentation on September 28th was the final phase of the three-part program where students were...Read on...

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Posted on: November 10, 2016

Entrepreneurship in Kansas: Small Business as the Backbone of the State's Business Climate

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Small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy. However, starting a small business can be a risk, as many factors play into whether a small business will succeed. For the entrepreneurs who take that leap of faith, they contribute vastly to the ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 25, 2016

Kansas Commerce introduces JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneur

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The goal of JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneur is to incentivize and encourage “new businesses” while developing the entrepreneurial spirit in the state by partnering with our university structure and Network Kansas. This initiative is meant to showcase the tr...Read on...

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Kansas: The Quality You’ve Been Looking for Your Whole Life

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Kansas is a pro-business state, has a skilled workforce and is home to many successful national and international businesses. These qualities are due to many benefits that the Sunflower state lays claim to, but one of the most important is Kansas’ superb ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Commerce Accepting Applications for Export Programs and Funding

Since 2012, more than 50 Kansas small businesses have achieved $17.2 million in export sales through STEP grant programs. The Kansas Department of Commerce is currently accepting STEP grant applications from small businesses to assist them in starting or ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Kansas Commerce and Partners to Announce New Program

The Kansas Department of Commerce plans to announce the launch of a new program on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 at 2 p.m. Commerce and its partners will launch the new program at a press conference at Sunlite Science & Technology Inc. in Lawrence, Kansas.
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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Triumph Opens Factory in Kansas

Triumph Group Inc. held a ribbon-cutting celebration at its new 156,000 square-foot Small and Medium Parts Center of Excellence. The facility will conduct machining and assembly of aircraft components made from aluminum and various hard metal alloys. The ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 26, 2016

Kansas Energy Conference Has Successful Year

The recent 2016 Kansas Energy Conference had a successful showing with 195 attendees and 51 exhibitors. The event focused on the latest developments in the renewable energy sector.

This year’s Energy Conference general session speakers included:
• Mar...Read on...

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Posted on: September 26, 2016

Expo for Hispanic small business owners

The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Olathe Latino Coalition and the Kansas Hispanic & Latino American Affairs Commission will host a free educational workshop for small business owners. The expo will take place on Saturday Nov. ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 26, 2016

Commerce to host Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon

The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development will host its 32nd Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon. The luncheon takes place during Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, the Department’...Read on...

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

2016 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair

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Employers and job seekers who are looking for an opportunity to meet with the employee or career they have always wanted or needed will be intrigued by KANSASWORKS upcoming job fair.

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Posted on: August 18, 2016

Kansas Global Signs Export Promotion Contracts

The Kansas Department of Commerce, along with the City of Wichita, has signed contracts with Kansas Global Trade Services. This will give Kansas businesses direction on the road to the international marketplace.

The contracts provide funding for two se...Read on...

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Posted on: August 16, 2016

Early Bird Registration Deadline Approaching for 2016 Kansas Energy Conference

Registration is open for the 2016 Kansas Energy Conference. The conference will be held Sept. 13 – 14 in Wichita. Early bird registration is available for $75 per person through Tuesday, August 23. Regular registration is $100, which runs through Septemb...Read on...

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Posted on: July 29, 2016

Registration Opens for 2016 Kansas Energy Conference

Registration is now open for the 2016 Kansas Energy Conference, which will be held Sept. 13 and 14 in Wichita.

WHAT: The Kansas Energy Conference will highlight the latest developments in renewable energy sector. The day-and-half conference will featu...Read on...

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Posted on: July 25, 2016

Community Service Tax Credit Program awards announced

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced that 22 nonprofit organizations will receive tax credits under the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit Program (CSP). Since 1994, the CSP has helped nonprofit organizations undertake major capital fund-raising d...Read on...

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Posted on: July 23, 2016

State of Kansas to begin sale of Kansas Bioscience Authority Investment Portfolio

The Kansas Department of Commerce is in the final stages of preparations necessary to formally initiate the sale of the Kansas Bioscience Authority investment portfolio. The initiative will seek to identify one or more private market partners to take over...Read on...

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Posted on: July 11, 2016

Amazon to Open New Sunflower State Fulfillment Center in Kansas City

Amazon.com, Inc. announced it will open a new fulfillment center in Kansas City, Kansas. The new facility is the second large-sized fulfillment center Amazon has announced within a span of four months. It will create over 1,000 full-time roles. In additio...Read on...

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Posted on: July 7, 2016

New Workforce AID program launching at Manhattan Area Technical College

Manhattan Area Technical College (MATC), in cooperation with Caterpillar Work Tools in Wamego, is launching a new short-term program to train welders. Workforce AID (Aligned with Industry Demand), a project through the Kansas Department of Commerce, conne...Read on...

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Posted on: July 5, 2016

Commerce accepting nominations for Minority Enterprise Development Week awards

The Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority and Women Business Development is accepting nominations for Kansas minority and/or women owned businesses, advocates, young entrepreneurs and corporations. These nominations celebrate Minority Enterpris...Read on...

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

CivicPlus, GT Manufacturing win top Business Appreciation Month awards

Team Kansas and the Kansas Department of Commerce have announced CivicPlus of Manhattan as the winner of the 2016 Governor’s Award of Excellence, the top award given to a business by the state. The Department and the Kansas International Trade Coordinatin...Read on...

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

Kansas Commerce announces award of Economic Development grant

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced the recent award of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program grant. The Economic Development grant has been awarded to the city of Cheney, in the amount of $514,690.

The grant will be a loan to...Read on...

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

2016 Kansas International Trade Day

Kansas International Trade Day will be held June 22, 2016 in Topeka, Kansas, at Washburn University's Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. An array of topics will be covered at the event.

The agenda for International Trade Day and the speakers that will be...Read on...

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Posted on: May 24, 2016

Cargill Protein Headquarters to remain in Kansas

After collaboration with the State of Kansas and the City of Wichita, Cargill has announced that it will retain the location of its protein business headquarters in Kansas.
“We embarked on a mission to identify the optimal location where the people r...Read on...

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Posted on: May 19, 2016

2016 Business Appreciation Month Winners Announced

The Kansas Department of Commerce announces 26 Regional Business Excellence Award winners and 63 Merit Award winners as part of the 2016 Business Appreciation Month. The Commerce Department uses the month of June for its annual celebration of Kansas busin...Read On...

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Posted on: May 19, 2016

2016 Business Appreciation Month Winners Announced

The Kansas Department of Commerce announces 26 Regional Business Excellence Award winners and 63 Merit Award winners as part of the 2016 Business Appreciation Month. The Commerce Department uses the month of June for its annual celebration of Kansas busin...fdsfdsfdsfds

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Posted on: May 19, 2016

Inaugural Artist INC program in Kansas Concludes

The inaugural session of Artist INC in Kansas will conclude Tuesday, May 10 at the Lawrence Arts Center. The program will conclude with a night of Pecha Kucha presentations by participating artists. Pecha Kucha is a fast paced presentation style, develope...Read on...

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Posted on: April 13, 2016

DH Pace Corporate Headquarters Expands Facility in Olathe, Kansas

The DH Pace Company corporate headquarters in Olathe, Kansas is expanding its operations and making room for new jobs. Significant growth across the company has contributed to the need for expansion. The DH Pace Company is investing approximately $3 milli...Read on...

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Posted on: April 12, 2016

KU Startup School Equips Faculty and Students for Entrepreneurships

At the University of Kansas, an innovative program gives faculty, staff and students the tools and knowledge they need to succeed as entrepreneurs. Best of all, they learn the ropes from people with experience, enthusiasm and a spirit of adventure.

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Posted on: April 5, 2016

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman to Visit Kansas

Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will visit Lawrence, Kansas on Monday, April 11, 2016. Chairman Chu will tour the Lied Center of Kansas at the University of Kansas, and visit Van Go, Inc., to learn how this organization u...Read on...

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Posted on: March 31, 2016

Kansas ranked highly in 2015 Governor’s Cup

The State of Kansas ranked in the Top Five in three categories in the 2015 Governor’s Cup. The results, which were published in Site Selection magazine, revealed the state’s growing economic presence in the region and the nation.

“Kansas’ top ranked p...Read on...

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Amazon announces plans to bring 1,000 jobs to Kansas

Today, Amazon.com, Inc. announced plans to open a state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Edgerton, Kansas. This facility will create approximately 1,000 full-time hourly positions, plus many managerial and support roles to support customer fulfillment. In...Read on...

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Kansas Rural Opportunities Conference Apr. 5th & 6th

The Kansas Rural Opportunities Conference will take place April 5-6 at the United Wireless Conference Center at 4100 W. Comanche Street, Dodge City, Kansas 67801.

The registration deadline is quickly approaching. The Kansas Department of Commerce is e...Read on...

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Kansas City ranked 7th for Women-Owned Business

The Kansas City Metropolitan Area was recently named the seventh best out of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the nation for women-owned business by WalletHub, an online financial planning site.

WalletHub analysts compared the 100 largest metropo...Read on...

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Kansas Commerce announces Manhattan Tech to offer IT Service Management Training

The Kansas Department of Commerce is partnering with Security Benefit Corporation and Manhattan Area Technical College (MATC) to launch a new short-term training program to upskill associates by certifying them at the Foundation level in IT Service Manage...Read on...

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Community Development Block Grants awarded for water and sewer projects, housing rehabilitation and

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 25 communities will receive federal grants for sewer and water project, housing rehabilitation and community facilities projects.

Through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program 11 Ka...Read on...

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Kansas awarded $3 million for Health Profession Opportunity Project

The Kansas Department of Commerce has been awarded $3 million for 2015 through the Health Profession Opportunity Grant to continue the Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project (KHPOP). KHPOP provides job-driven healthcare education, training and emplo...Read on...

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Cowley Community College gears up to offer training

Cowley Community College, in cooperation with Rubbermaid, is launching a new nine-week training program to quickly get certified technicians into the company’s workforce. This innovative project through the Kansas Department of Commerce connects economi...Read on...

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Figeac-Aéro breaks ground on North American headquarters in Wichita

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback joined Figeac-Aéro Vice President Hocine Benaoum in Wichita today to celebrate the company’s ceremonial ground breaking for its new North American headquarters and expansion of its manufacturing facility. The company, which has i...Read on...

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Kansas ranked fifth Pro-Business State in the nation

Kansas is the No. 5 Pro-Business State in United States, according to the 12th annual study by Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc., and the American Economic Development Institute (AEDI).

“We are very excited that Kansas’ business success has been refl...Read on...

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

New Workforce AID program launching at Washburn Tech

Washburn Tech, in cooperation with Caterpillar Work Tools in Wamego, is launching a short-term program to train MIG welders. Weld Now, a project through the Kansas Department of Commerce, connects economic and workforce development under the Workforce AID...Read on...

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Sizewise Worldwide moves global headquarters to Kansas

Sizewise Worldwide has moved its headquarters to Lenexa. The global medical equipment manufacturer has more than 20 years of experience engineering innovative products to meet the needs of bariatric, geriatric, pediatric and standard patient populations, ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Kansas Department of Commerce announces plans for 2018 Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development is announcing plans for its 34th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will take place during Kansas Minority Enterprise Development...

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Overstock.com Announces New Kansas City Distribution Center

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KANSAS CITY – Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK), one of the world’s largest online home goods and furniture retailers, today announced the opening of a distribution center in Kansas City, Kansas that the company expects will create over 100 jobs in the re...

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Posted on: September 12, 2018

The Kansas Department of Commerce Announces Plans for 2018 Energy Conference

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce will be hosting the 2018 Kansas Governor’s Energy Conference on October 11th through the 12th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kansas.

This event will be a gathering of the top minds in the Kansas energy ind...

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Posted on: September 6, 2018

Community Service Tax Credits awarded to 16 nonprofits

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded 16 nonprofit organizations around the state Community Service Tax Credits (CSP). Since 1994, CSP has helped nonprofit organizations undertake major capital fund-raising drives for several different p...

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Posted on: August 21, 2018

Registration Opens for 2018 Kansas Governor’s Energy Conference

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Registration is now open for the 2018 Kansas Governor’s Energy Conference, which will be held October 11 and 12 in Manhattan.

Our state’s energy sector has brought billions of dollars of capital investment and thousands of quality jobs to Kansas,” said Kan...

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Posted on: August 16, 2018

Manufacturing Summit coming to Wichita

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TOPEKA – Wichita is the site of the second annual Kansas Manufacturing Summit, a forum providing those in the manufacturing sector the opportunity to network, learn about business match options, and gain insight into workforce development. The event will ...

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Posted on: July 31, 2018

Governor Colyer Announces Addition of 1000 New Jobs with Expansion of Shamrock Trading Corp

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TOPEKA –Governor Jeff Colyer, today joined leaders from Shamrock Trading Corporation in Overland Park to announce a major expansion, which, subject to review and approval from the City of Overland Park, will create over 1000 new jobs at an avera...

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Posted on: July 19, 2018

Governor Colyer Announces New "Land in Kansas" Strategic Economic Development Initiative

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On Thursday, Governor Jeff Colyer announced the launch of a new economic development initiative aimed at attracting investment and promoting business expansion in Kansas. Colyer was joined by Interim Secretary of Commerce Bob North, Secretary of Agricultu...

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Posted on: July 12, 2018

The “#1 Aviation Workforce in the USA” to be promoted at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow

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Wichita, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Greater Wichita Partnership will lead a delegation of industry partners and local business leaders to the Farnborough International Airshow July 16 – 20 in Hampshire, England to promote Kansas and ...

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Posted on: July 12, 2018

Kansas Commerce launches KansasCentral.com, an Online Business and Economic Development Magazine

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce announces the launch of a new online magazine loaded with news and feature articles on business and economic development topics in Kansas. KansasCentral.com is aimed to keep Kansans and anyone interested in star...

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Posted on: July 9, 2018

$5 million still available for innovative emerging businesses through Kansas Angels program

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TOPEKA – Five million dollars in tax credits are still available to investors in innovative emerging businesses in Kansas through the Kansas Angel Tax Credit (KAITC) program. The program offers Kansas income tax credits to qualified individuals who provid...

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Posted on: June 26, 2018

Kansas Department of Commerce Earns 11th Silver Shovel Award for Economic Development Wins

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce has again been recognized by Area Development magazine with one of its Silver Shovel awards. The Silver Shovel award honors state economic development agencies that drive significant job creation throug...

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Posted on: June 21, 2018

Kiewit Breaks Ground on New Campus in Lenexa City Center

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LENEXA — Governor Jeff Colyer and Mayor Michael Boehm today joined Kiewit to officially break ground on a new campus at the Lenexa City Center. The roughly $100 million project includes a new six-story building along with renovations to ...

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Posted on: June 21, 2018

Union Tank Car Company to Expand Repair Facility in El Dorado, Kansas

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EL DORADO -- This summer, Union Tank Car Company (UTLX) will begin to expand their railcar repair facility in El Dorado, Kansas. UTLX, the largest manufacturer, lessor, and maintainer of rail tank cars in North America, plans to add repair capabilities to...

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

Camso Selects Kansas for new Manufacturing Operations

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JUNCTION CITY – Camso, an industry leader in manufacturing off-road tires, wheels tracks and track systems, announced plans today to establish a new manufacturing operation in Geary County, Kansas.

Camso serves the material handling, construction, agricult...

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Posted on: June 19, 2018

GEICO announces new service center in KC region

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GEICO, the second-largest private passenger auto insurer and one of the fastest-growing major auto insurers in the U.S., will open a new service center and create 500 new jobs over the next five years starting with sales and customer service professionals...

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Posted on: June 14, 2018

Kubota Tractor Corporation Completes Land Purchase for Future Logistics Campus and Midwest Office

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EDGERTON, Kansas (June 14, 2018) – Kubota Tractor Corporation today announced the completion of a 200-acre land purchase within Phase II of Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton, making the company the first major tenant for the industrial park....

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Posted on: June 6, 2018

Kansas Department of Commerce accepting nominations for Minority Enterprise Development Week awards

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority and Women Business Development is accepting nominations for Kansas minority and/or women-owned businesses, advocates, young entrepreneurs, and corporations. These nominations celebrate Nationa...

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Posted on: June 5, 2018

Winners of the Governor’s Exporter of the Year and Award of Excellence awards named

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LAWRENCE, KS – Winners of the Governor’s Exporter of the Year and Award of Excellence awards were announced this evening at the Team Kansas banquet in Lawrence, Kansas.  Team Kansas, an economic development group comprised of business leaders, ec...

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Posted on: June 4, 2018

Governor Colyer Appoints Stanley Adams as Director of Broadband Initiatives for Kansas

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TOPEKA-- Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. today announced the appointment of Stanley Adams as Director of Broadband Initiatives at the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Mr. Adams, who previously served as Director of Statewide Broadband Initiatives with the Departm...

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Posted on: June 4, 2018

PRA Health Sciences announces major expansion plans in Lenexa, Kansas

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LENEXA, KS – The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that PRA Health Sciences (PRA), which currently employs 680 people in Kansas, will significantly expand its Kansas footprint with investment in a new 48,000-square-foot bioanalytical laborator...

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

Governor Colyer proclaims June as Business Appreciation Month

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TOPEKA – Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. has issued an official Governor’s proclamation declaring June 2018 as Business Appreciation Month in recognition of the vital role businesses of all sizes play in strengthening the Kansas economy.

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Posted on: May 31, 2018

Vituity Selects Kansas City Area for New System Support Center

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LEAWOOD -- Vituity, a leading physician-owned healthcare delivery organization, announced today it has opened a new system support center in Leawood, Kan. in an effort to grow and transform the practice, delivery and business of healthcare in the Kansas C...

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Posted on: May 24, 2018

Finalists announced for Governor's Exporter of the Year award

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TOPEKA – Kansas International Trade Day will be held June 5, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Lawrence DoubleTree Hotel.  The conference will feature speakers from business and government with sessions designed to help Kansas businesses start exp...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Kansas Strengthens Trade Relations by Rejoining the Midwest-US Japan Association

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Topeka- Governor Jeff Colyer announced today that Kansas will renew its alliance with Japan by rejoining the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association. Governor Colyer met with the Japanese consulate in April at the Capitol to discuss the relationship between Kansas...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

Kansas Department of Commerce announces leadership changes

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce announces Wade Wiebe has been appointed as the agency’s Director of Workforce Innovation. The agency also announces the appointments of Susan NeuPoth Cadoret as Director of Business and Community Development, Kev...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

U.S. Treasury Department approves 74 census tracts Governor Colyer nominated as Opportunity Zones

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TOPEKA – The U.S. Department of Treasury has officially certified Governor Jeff Colyer’s nomination of 74 census tracts to be designated as Qualified Opportunity Zones and has designated those tracts as such.  The approved Opportunity Zones, a ne...

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Posted on: May 7, 2018

National Economic Development Week – May 7 - 12

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce is joining economic development agencies across the country in celebration of National Economic Development Week from May 7-12. During this week, the agency will highlight the vital services that economic develop...

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Posted on: April 26, 2018

Public Restroom Company to Locate in Hutchinson

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Hutchinson, Kansas – Public Restroom Company announced today they will purchase the building at 714 Corey Road in Hutchinson, Kansas. The Public Restroom Company is a family-owned and operated small business who manufactures restrooms for outdoor parks an...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Governor’s Exporter of the Year award to celebrate its 30th anniversary

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TOPEKA – Kansas International Trade Day will be held June 5, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Lawrence DoubleTree Hotel.  The conference will feature speakers from business and government with sessions designed to help Kansas businesses start exp...

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Posted on: April 10, 2018

Flow International to relocate manufacturing and operations to Baxter Springs

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BAXTER SPRINGS, KS (April 10, 2018) – Flow International Corporation, a Shape Technologies Group (SHAPE) company, has announced it is relocating its manufacturing and operations functions from Kent, Washington to its KMT Waterjet plant in Baxter Springs, ...

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Posted on: March 28, 2018

PBI-Gordon Relocating Corporate Headquarters to Shawnee, Kansas

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SHAWNEE, KS -- PBI-Gordon Corporation announced today that it plans to relocate its corporate headquarters to a new facility in Shawnee, Kansas.

The 100 percent employee-owned manufacturer of consumer and professional turf and landscape products, and anima...

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Posted on: March 27, 2018

Service Master DSI Selects Shawnee Kansas for Headquarters Offices

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Shawnee, Kansas (March 27, 2018) - The Shawnee Economic Development Council (SEDC) announced ServiceMaster DSI will relocate the headquarters for the company’s national large loss division ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) to Shawnee in Apr...

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Posted on: March 19, 2018

Kansas Commerce welcomes ERBER Group to its new North American Headquarters in Overland Park

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (Mar 19, 2018) – ERBER Group, the holding company for five divisions including BIOMIN America and Romer Labs®, has established its new ERBER Group hub in Kansas City. The move brings BIOMIN and Romer Labs closer to each...

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Posted on: February 20, 2018

Kansas communities may apply now for designation as an Opportunity Zone

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TOPEKA – On Tuesday, Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. announced that the Kansas Department of Commerce is now accepting proposals from communities to designate eligible low-income census tracts as Kansas Opportunity Zones under the new Federal Opportu...

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Posted on: February 13, 2018

Kansas Commerce now accepting nominations for Business Appreciation Month awards

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TOPEKA – Business Appreciation Month will again be recognized statewide in June, serving as a tribute to Kansas businesses for their contributions to our state. The Kansas Department of Commerce is now accepting nominations for Business Appreciation Month...

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Posted on: February 8, 2018

Kansas Commerce now accepting applications for Kansas Angels business investment program

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TOPEKA – Applications are now being accepted for companies seeking investment through the Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit (KAITC) program. The program offers Kansas income tax credits to qualified individuals who provide seed-capital financing for emergi...

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

HCA Midwest Health Division Office Chooses Overland Park for New Headquarters

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Overland Park, Kansas (February 7, 2018)—HCA Midwest Health, the Kansas City area’s leading healthcare provider, has chosen to relocate its Division office headquarters from Kansas City, Missouri to Overland Park, Kansas. The move will take place Summer 2...

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Posted on: February 6, 2018

Announcing plans for 2018 Rural Opportunities Conference

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TOPEKA – The annual Kansas Rural Opportunities Conference affords an opportunity for entrepreneurs, small business owners, economic development professionals, community representatives and telecommunications and internet service providers to come together...

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Posted on: February 5, 2018

Kansas Commerce announces plans for 2018 International Trade Day Conference

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TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Commerce will host the annual Kansas International Trade Day conference on June 5 in Lawrence. The conference will feature speakers and sessions designed to help Kansas businesses start exporting or grow existing exports....

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Posted on: January 19, 2018

$12.9 million in Community Development Block Grants awarded for community improvement projects

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 32 communities will receive federal grants for a variety of community improvement projects, including sewer and water projects, housing rehabilitation and community facilities improvements. Th...

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Posted on: January 16, 2018

Jan. 26 is deadline to submit Exporter of the Year nominations

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Jan. 26 is the final day to submit nominations to the Kansas Department of Commerce for the 2018 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award. The award is presented to a single Kansas business each year for excellence in international trade and marketing. The w...

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Posted on: December 20, 2017

Triple Crown Realty Trust, LP Announces Anchor Tenant at Ironhorse Manufacturing Park

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Wichita, KS -- Lange Real Estate and AREA Real Estate Advisors have signed the first tenant in Wichita’s largest speculative industrial project, Ironhorse Manufacturing Park, which is owned by Triple Crown Realty Trust, LP. The companies have agreed to te...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Industrial Maintenance of Topeka Inc. relocates and expands

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Industrial Maintenance of Topeka Inc, better known as IMI, has relocated from their previous location outside of Shawnee County to a new location in Topeka to better serve current local clients and sustain continued growth.

IMI specializes in fabrication, ...

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Posted on: December 11, 2017

KanPak expands in Arkansas City with development of new distribution center and warehouse

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Arkansas City, Kansas (December 11, 2017) –  KanPak U.S., a leading supplier of beverages and desserts using aseptic processing technology, servicing the quick service restaurant (QSR), convenience store and retail food industry announced today t...

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Posted on: December 6, 2017

Spirit AeroSystems announces major expansion

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WICHITA -- Spirit AeroSystems, one of the pioneering companies in the aerospace and aviation industry, is today announcing a major expansion of its Wichita operations – including 1,000 new jobs and $1 billion in capital investment.

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Posted on: November 2, 2017

Simmons Pet Food Announces Facility Expansion in Emporia

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EMPORIA -- Today Simmons Pet Food, Inc., a leading supplier of custom and private label pet food solutions in the U.S. and Canada, broke ground on a facility expansion at its Flexible Packaging Facility in Emporia, Kansas. The $38 million investment will ...

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Posted on: July 22, 2015

Kansas communities will share more than $13 million in Community Development Block Grant funding

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 49 Kansas communities will share a total of $13,049,583 in federal grants for residential handicapped accessibility modifications, micro-loans, park and sidewalk improvements, and the construction of st...Read on...

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Posted on: July 20, 2015

Community Service Tax Credit Program awards announced

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that 23 nonprofit organizations will share $4.13 million in tax credits under the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit Program (CSP). Since 1994, CSP has helped nonprofit organizations undertake major capit...Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Cereal Ingredients announces expansion in Leavenworth

Cereal Ingredients Inc. has announced that it will expand its manufacturing operations in Leavenworth. The company plans to add at least 32 new jobs and invest $12 million in a major expansion of its facilities at the Gary Carlson Business Park.

The Le...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2015

2015 Business Appreciation Month winners announced

The Kansas Department of Commerce has named 23 Regional Business Excellence Award winners and 52 Merit Award winners as part of Business Appreciation Month, the Department’s annual celebration of Kansas businesses and their contributions to their communit...Read on...

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Posted on: February 11, 2015

Registration opens for the Rural Opportunities Conference

Registration is now open for the Rural Opportunities Conference, which will be held April 14-15 in Newton. The deadline to register to attend the conference is April 6.

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Posted on: February 9, 2015

$4 million awarded to 15 Kansas cities and counties for community improvement projects

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 15 Kansas communities will share a total of $3,984,134 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The grants will support community improvement projects.

“CDBG fu...Read on...

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Posted on: February 4, 2015

Gates Corporation announces expansion of Iola facility

Gates Corporation, a global, diversified manufacturer of industrial and automotive products, has announced that it will expand its Iola manufacturing facility to accommodate a new line of oil and gas hose products. The 82,000 square foot expansion will in...Read on...

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Posted on: February 2, 2015

Business Appreciation Month Awards nominations now open

Nominations for the Kansas Department of Commerce’s 2015 Business Appreciation Month awards are now open. The awards recognize successful Kansas companies that create jobs, support their local communities and enhance the quality of life in Kansas.

Regi...Read on...

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Posted on: January 26, 2015

Housing rehabilitation grants awarded to two Kansas communities

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that two Kansas communities will share $599,996 in federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for housing rehabilitation. These housing grants will rehabilitate 17 propertie...Read on...

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Posted on: January 22, 2015

Community Development Block Grants awarded to 12 Kansas communities for water and sewer projects

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 12 Kansas communities will share a total of $5,638,901 in federal grants for water and sewer projects through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

“We are excited to announce the awa...Read on...

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Posted on: July 31, 2014

Commerce announces more than $550,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that three communities have received grants through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The funds, which total $554,649, have been awarded under the commercial rehabilitation category of ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 28, 2014

Simmons Pet Food announces expansion in Emporia

Simmons Pet Food Inc. has announced that it will expand its Emporia pet food processing complex and have a new canning line operating in the fourth quarter of 2014. The expansion will initially create more than 50 new jobs, with the possibility of reachin...Read on...

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Posted on: April 24, 2014

Florence Manufacturing announces $7 million capital investment

Florence Manufacturing Company, a division of Gibraltar Industries, has announced a $7 million capital investment and plans to create more than 100 new jobs in Manhattan. The company will expand its production capabilities and add capacity to support sign...Read on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2014

Commerce announces nearly $900,000 in KAN STEP grants

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that three communities have received grants through the Kansas Small Towns Environment Program (KAN STEP). The funds, which total $899,992, will be used in conjunction with volunteer labor and donated equi...Read on...

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Posted on: April 3, 2014

Tallgrass announces new $5 million brewing facility in Manhattan

Tallgrass Brewing Company will acquire an existing 60,000 square foot building in Manhattan and convert it into a brewery, tripling the company’s brewing capacity. Tallgrass expects to begin production at the new location in late 2014. At full capacity th...Read on...

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Posted on: March 27, 2014

Registration for Rural Opportunities Conference closes April 2

Less than one week remains to register to attend the Rural Opportunities Conference, which will be held April 9-10 in Dodge City. The registration deadline for the conference is April 2.

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Posted on: March 12, 2014

Midwest Cabinet Company receives Kansas Industrial Retraining funds

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that Midwest Cabinet Company, a Franklin County and Neosho County manufacturing company, has received $36,720 in Kansas Industrial Retraining program funds for the implementation of a modern enterprise resou...Read on...

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Posted on: March 10, 2014

Business Appreciation Month Awards nominations due March 21

The Kansas Department of Commerce will continue to accept nominations for the 20th annual Business Appreciation Month awards through March 21. The awards recognize successful Kansas companies that create jobs, support their local communities and enhance t...Read on...

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Posted on: February 27, 2014

Rural Opportunity Zones employer sponsorship applications online

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that applications for the Rural Opportunity Zones employer sponsorship program can now be filed online. The Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) program allows qualified new residents of designated counties to rece...Read on...

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Posted on: February 6, 2014

Business Appreciation Month award nominations now open

Nominations for the Kansas Department of Commerce’s 20th annual Business Appreciation Month awards are now open. The awards recognize successful Kansas companies that create jobs, support their local communities and enhance the quality of life in Kansas. ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 21, 2014

Kansas communities awarded $4.4 million in federal grants

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 10 Kansas communities will share a total of $4,484,000 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

“These grants will help fund several important projects in commu...Read on...

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Posted on: January 16, 2014

Registration for Rural Opportunities Conference now open

Registration is now open for the Rural Opportunities Conference, which will be held April 9-10 in Dodge City. The deadline to register to attend the conference is April 2.

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Posted on: August 15, 2013

Community Service Tax Credit Program awards announced

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that 28 nonprofit organizations will share $4.13 million in tax credits under the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit Program (CSP). Since 1994, CSP has helped nonprofit organizations undertake major capit...Read on...

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Posted on: July 22, 2013

Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita will expand in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) announced today that Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita, a subsidiary of Triumph Group Inc., plans to expand in Wichita, creating 100 new jobs and investing ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 11, 2013

B&W Trailer Hitches, Excel Industries win top BAM Honors

Gov. Sam Brownback recognized B&W Trailer Hitches of Humboldt with the Governor’s Award of Excellence and Excel Industries Inc. of Hesston with the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award at the annual Team Kansas/Kansas Cavalry Awards Banquet at the Em...Read on...

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Posted on: June 10, 2013

Kasa Companies announces expansion in Salina

Kasa Companies Inc. has announced plans to expand and automate the company’s paint line at Kasa Fab in Salina. The company will make a $700,000 capital investment in its facility at 304 East Avenue B and plans to add 13 new jobs over the next 10 years.
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Posted on: May 28, 2013

Minority Enterprise Development Week nominations now open

The Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority and Women Business Development is accepting nominations for Kansas minority and/or women owned businesses, advocates, young entrepreneurs and corporations. These nominations celebrate Minority Enterpris...Read on...

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Posted on: May 28, 2013

2013 Business Appreciation Month winners announced

The Kansas Department of Commerce has named 20 Regional Business Excellence Award winners and 79 Merit Award winners as part of Business Appreciation Month, the Department’s annual celebration of Kansas businesses and their contributions to their communit...Read on...

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Posted on: May 8, 2013

Three cities receive Community Development Block Grant funds

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week that Beloit, Concordia and Junction City will share a total of $662,193 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for downtown commercial rehabilitation projects. The grant funds will b...Read on...

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Posted on: March 26, 2013

Annual Business Appreciation Month Awards nominations still open

The Kansas Department of Commerce continues to accept nominations for the annual Business Appreciation Month awards. The awards serve as a statewide tribute to businesses for their contributions to Kansas and their local communities. April 3 is the deadli...Read on...

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Posted on: February 18, 2013

Annual Business Appreciation Month Awards nominations now open

Nominations for the Kansas Department of Commerce’s annual Business Appreciation Month awards are now open. The awards serve as a statewide tribute to businesses for their contributions to Kansas and their local communities.

The awards are announced ea...Read on...

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Posted on: January 24, 2013

CDBG funds awarded to 27 Kansas communities

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week that 27 Kansas communities will share a total of $9,732,596 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

“We are happy to announce the awarding of these funds to s...Read on...

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Posted on: November 20, 2012

Shamrock Trading Corp. announces purchase of 'Shamrock Towers' in Overland Park

Shamrock Trading Corp. announces the purchase of the Glenwood Place office buildings in a transaction that closed earlier this week. Soon to be named the “Shamrock Towers,” the two buildings totaling 270,000 square feet will undergo extensive renovations ...Read on...

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Posted on: November 7, 2012

Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors will meet on Nov. 13

The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors will be meeting on Nov. 13 in Wichita. The focus of the agenda will be the aviation industry and ways to make the Kansas aviation sector more competitive globally.

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Posted on: November 5, 2012

Registration for Oil and Gas Small Business Opportunities Conference has been extended

Registration for the Kansas Oil and Gas Small Business Opportunities Conference has been extended until Nov. 19.

Gov. Sam Brownback, other state leaders and industry representatives will gather in Hutchinson on Nov. 27 to get an update on current acti...Read on...

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Posted on: October 24, 2012

Kansas Rural Opportunities Conference set for Nov. 7-8

The Rural Opportunities Conference, sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce, is set for Nov. 7-8 in Junction City. This year’s conference will offer participants the opportunity to learn about the latest in broadband development, as well as discuss...Read on...

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Posted on: October 18, 2012

Kansas Department of Commerce announces 2012 Community Service Tax Credit recipients

The Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded $4.13 million in Community Service Tax Credits to 27 nonprofit organizations around the state.

These future Kansas income tax credits are a major fundraising tool for community organizations engaged in serv...Read on...

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Posted on: October 18, 2012

Oil and Gas Small Business Opportunities Conference set for Nov. 27 in Hutchinson

State leaders and industry representatives will gather in Hutchinson on Nov. 27 to discuss how Kansas small businesses can benefit from the oil and gas activity underway in the Mississippian Lime Play (MLP) in Kansas.

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Posted on: October 17, 2012

Epiq Systems breaks ground on expansion to KCK headquarters

Epiq Systems of Kansas City, Kan., has initiated construction on a 20,000-square-foot expansion to its 45,000- square-foot corporate headquarters office at 501 Kansas Ave., the Kansas Department of Commerce announced today. The estimated completion of the...Read on...

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Posted on: October 17, 2012

Software company LockPath expands operations

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Overland Park Chamber Economic Development Council announce today the expansion of LockPath, an Overland Park software company that provides governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) applications. LockPath expects to...Read on...

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Posted on: October 15, 2012

Commerce Department, Kansas Main Street communities cooperate to transition program to local control

The Kansas Department of Commerce announces today a plan that will transition the Kansas Main Street program to local control. The Department announced on Sept. 20 that it was ending the Main Street program at the state level because of expected smaller s...Read on...

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Posted on: October 4, 2012

Energy Conference promotes drive to make Kansas ‘the renewable state’

The Kansas Energy Conference, held Sept. 25-26 in Manhattan, was an opportunity for Kansas officials and leaders in the renewable energy sector to strategize on the best ways to make Kansas “the renewable state.” More than 200 participated in the day-and-...Read on...

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Posted on: September 24, 2012

Kansas Department of Commerce to host Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon

The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development will host its 28th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at noon, Oct. 9, in the Emerald Ballroom, Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 Southwest Topeka Boulevard, Top...Read on...

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Posted on: September 22, 2012

Distribution firm Hantover moves to Overland Park

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Hantover Inc., a distributor to the food processing and general manufacturing industries, will bring 81 jobs to Overland Park and add 39 jobs over the next five years. The company’s wholly-owned subsi...Read on...

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Posted on: September 19, 2012

NetWork Kansas expands Economic Gardening program

NetWork Kansas invites Kansas communities to apply for a new economic gardening program that would allow them to offer high-growth businesses in their area targeted economic gardening engagements as part of the Kansas Economic Gardening Network. The NetWo...Read on...

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Posted on: September 14, 2012

Kansas Energy Conference to highlight latest developments in renewable energy industry

The Kansas Energy Conference will be held Sept. 25-26 in Manhattan, with more than 400 people expected to attend. The conference highlights the latest developments in the renewable energy industry. The day-and-half event will feature three general session...Read on...

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Posted on: September 12, 2012

Labor, Revenue and Commerce leaders tout tax cuts, rural opportunity zones and efficiencies

Kansas’ new tax law will help small business owners of all types keep more of their money to invest in growing their businesses but it is just one component of the state’s efforts to grow the state’s economy and private sector jobs.

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Posted on: September 6, 2012

Gov. Brownback to visit Pittsburg firm Pitsco on Sept. 10

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will tour Pitsco Education, which won the Governor’s Exporter of the Year award earlier this summer, on Sept. 10.

Pitsco started in 1971 and exports education products related to science, technology, engineering and math to m...Read on...

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Posted on: August 29, 2012

Early registration for 2012 Kansas Energy Conference ends Aug. 31

Early registration for the 2012 Kansas Energy Conference will end Aug. 31. The conference will be held Sept. 25-26 in Manhattan.

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Posted on: August 27, 2012

Kansas Small Business Empowerment Tour ready to highlight state’s new business environment

The Kansas Small Business Empowerment Tour will take place Sept. 11 and 12 as state officials reach out to small business owners and individual Kansans about changes to the state’s business and tax environment over the past 18 months.

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Posted on: August 23, 2012

Kansas named top 10 ‘Pro-Business State’ by Pollina Corporate

Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc. announced that Kansas has been named a top 10 “Pro-Business State” for 2012. The annual ranking is compiled by Pollina, a global real estate brokerage and consulting firm, and the American Economic Development Institute....Read on...

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Posted on: August 23, 2012

NetApp to nearly double Wichita employment

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) announced today that NetApp, a leading provider of innovative storage and data management solutions will significantly expand its Wichita facility.

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Posted on: August 22, 2012

Metal Panels Inc. builds Kansas manufacturing facility, retains jobs

Metal Panels Inc., a Tulsa, Okla., based manufacturer of metal panels and trim for metal roofing, buildings and post frame construction has announced it will construct a 34,450 square foot manufacturing facility at Kaw Drive and Ruby Avenue in the West Hi...Read on...

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Posted on: August 14, 2012

International Paper subsidiary Xpedx relocates to Edwardsville

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Xpedx will relocate to Edwardsville and bring 180 employees to a new facility. The Edwardsville City Council voted yesterday to approve an application for industrial revenue bonds paving the way for X...Read on...

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Posted on: August 13, 2012

Department of Commerce creates Kansas Minority and Women Business Directory

The Kansas Department of Commerce has started the Kansas Minority and Women Business Directory as a resource guide for purchasing agents, contractors and others involved in procurement and contracting of goods and services.

“Our intention is to encoura...Read on...

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Posted on: August 13, 2012

NIC Inc. will grow its workforce in Olathe

Olathe-based employer, NIC Inc., anticipates expanding its business and growing its local workforce by more than 23 jobs in 2013 with more job growth forecasted in the next five years, in line with the healthy growth trends it has experienced over the pas...Read on...

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Posted on: August 8, 2012

Commercial real estate firm RED Development moves to Overland Park

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that RED Development has moved to Overland Park. A full-service commercial real estate firm, RED Development will bring 18 jobs to Overland Park over the next five years. The company will locate at 7500 Co...Read on...

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Posted on: August 3, 2012

Alexander Open Systems will expand Overland Park headquarters

Alexander Open Systems (AOS) today announced an expansion of its corporate headquarters in Overland Park. AOS is a leading technology consultant in the Midwest.

Located in Southcreek Office Park, AOS will move into a larger 32,000-square- foot space wi...Read on...

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Posted on: August 1, 2012

Registration opens for 2012 Kansas Energy Conference

Registration is now open for the 2012 Kansas Energy Conference, which will be held Sept. 25-26 in Manhattan.

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Posted on: August 1, 2012

‘Project 17’ initiative receives nearly $1 million federal grant

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that an initiative to spur investment, economic development and job growth in a 17-county region in southeast Kansas has received a $715,000 matching federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture R...Read on...

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Posted on: July 25, 2012

Overland Park named newest Kansas Main Street city

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today the selection of Overland Park as the newest Kansas Main Street city, bringing the total number of designated Kansas Main Street cities in the state to 25.

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Posted on: July 25, 2012

GE Capital Bank to begin operations in Merriam

GE Capital Bank, Member FDIC, is creating a call center in Merriam in northeast Johnson County. The call center will lease 25,000 square feet in a building occupied by a separate GE Capital business, GE Capital Retail Bank, which has been in Merriam since...Read on...

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Posted on: July 23, 2012

Gov. Brownback hosts second Kansas Hispanic Business Forum

More than 100 Kansas business owners from across the state joined Gov. Sam Brownback today for the second Kansas Hispanic Business Forum at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. The Kansas Department of Commerce, the Kansas Hispanic and Lati...Read on...

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Posted on: July 18, 2012

Intellectual property litigation firm Erise IP relocates to Overland Park

Intellectual property litigation firm Erise IP announced today that it has moved its practice to Overland Park, creating 15 full-time, new positions. The firm will make a significant capital investment and lease 7,000 square feet at 6201 College Blvd.

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Posted on: July 13, 2012

Gov. Brownback, Commerce Secretary George conduct trade mission in Germany

Hamburg, Germany – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George conducted a three day, three city tour of Germany to promote business development and investment in Kansas. While in Germany, Brownback met with representatives from sev...Read on...

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Posted on: July 13, 2012

National Cancer Institute designation for KU Cancer Center is remarkable achievement

On behalf of the citizens of Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer offered their congratulations today to The University of Kansas Cancer Center and all those involved in attaining the National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation.

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Posted on: July 12, 2012

Wholesale tire distributor chooses Lawrence for newest location

Wholesale tire distributor K&M Tire Inc. is coming to Kansas. The company purchased an 81,640-square-foot warehouse at 3801 Greenway Circle in Lawrence and plans to open for business in early August.

K&M Tire will deliver passenger, light truc...Read on...

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Posted on: July 11, 2012

Reinke Manufacturing to expand facility in Belleville

Reinke Manufacturing Company Inc. announced today that it will expand its manufacturing facility in Belleville, Kan., more than doubling its workforce over the next 18 months.

The expanded facility will be around 20,000 square feet and will make many o...Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2012

Gov. Brownback leads Kansas delegation to Farnborough Air Show

Farnborough, England – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback attended the Farnborough International Air Show in Farnborough, England, on Monday and Tuesday to highlight the improved business climate in Kansas, as well as the numerous initiatives to train aerospace wo...Read on...

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Posted on: July 9, 2012

Registration still open for second Hispanic Business Forum on July 23

The Kansas Department of Commerce, the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC) and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City will sponsor the second Hispanic Business Forum on July 23 in Overland Park. This forum foll...Read on...

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Posted on: June 29, 2012

Mortgage loan company ServiceLink expands presence in Kansas

Mortgage loan processing company ServiceLink is set to expand operations to Overland Park and will bring 130 jobs with it and make a $2.85 million capital investment.

The company, based in Coraopolis, Pa., near Pittsburgh, will lease 30,000-square-feet...Read on...

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Posted on: June 29, 2012

Data Locker expanding operations in Overland Park

Data Locker Inc. announced today that it will add 29 new jobs in Overland Park over the next five years. Data Locker, an international data security provider, is expanding at its current location in Lighton Tower at 7500 College Blvd.

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Posted on: June 28, 2012

Second Hispanic Business Forum set for Overland Park on July 23

The Kansas Department of Commerce, the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC) and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City will sponsor the second Hispanic Business Forum on July 23 in Overland Park. This forum foll...Read on...

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Posted on: June 14, 2012

Kansas awarded Silver Shovel for economic development, job creation efforts

Area Development, the leading publication covering site selection and facility planning, announced the winners of its 2012 Gold and Silver Shovel Awards, with Kansas winning a Silver Shovel. The award recognizes a significant number of high-value-added ne...Read on...

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Posted on: June 14, 2012

State officials celebrate McCarty Family Farms, Dannon partnership

McCarty Family Farms in Rexford, Kan., and the Dannon Co. announced on June 12 a new and unique collaboration between the companies. Milk from the McCarty Family Farms’ dairy cows will be used to make Dannon yogurts at Dannon’s Fort Worth, Texas, plant. I...Read on...

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Posted on: June 11, 2012

Airbus marks 10 years of growth in Wichita

Ten years ago, Airbus appeared on the Wichita aviation scene with the opening of its first U.S. engineering center in a beautiful location in the city’s Old Town section. A decade later, Airbus’ operation in Wichita has grown by more than 600 percent, an...Read on...

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Posted on: June 6, 2012

Commerce now accepting nominations for outstanding minority and women owned businesses

The Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority and Women Business Development is accepting nominations for Kansas minority and/or women owned businesses, advocates and young entrepreneurs. These nominations celebrate Minority Enterprise Development ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 4, 2012

Regional oil and gas symposium set for June 19 in Dodge City

The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corp. will host a day-long conference on June 19 on current and future oil and gas activity in the Mississippian Lime Play (MLP), covering parts of western and south central Kansas. The region was considered tapped o...Read on...

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Posted on: May 31, 2012

Valent Aerostructures officially opens state-of-the-art Fredonia facility

Valent Aerostructures, which manufactures and supplies complex structural components and major sub-assemblies for leading airframe manufacturers throughout various aviation industries, officially opened its 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building wi...Read on...

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Posted on: May 31, 2012

Kansas among top 10 easiest states for starting a small business

Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, has released new data showing that small business owners ranked Kansas among the top 10 easiest states nationwide for starting a small business. Thumbtack.com, a website that links freelancers an...Read on...

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Posted on: May 29, 2012

2012 Business Appreciation Month winners announced

The Kansas Department of Commerce has named 22 Regional Business Excellence Award winners and 97 Merit Award winners as part of Business Appreciation Month, the Department’s annual celebration of Kansas businesses and their contributions to their communit...Read on...

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Posted on: May 22, 2012

Gov. Brownback signs pro-growth tax legislation

Joined by small business owners, state legislators, the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, the Governor’s Cabinet and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed one of the largest tax relief measures in Kansas history into law at the Sta...Read on...

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Posted on: May 3, 2012

Harveyville receives $245K Urgent Need Grant

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Harveyville, a community of almost 300 people in Wabaunsee County, has received a $245, 747 Urgent Need Grant, which is funding available within the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
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Posted on: May 3, 2012

Rubbermaid celebrates its renewed investment in Winfield, Kan.

Federal, state and local officials were on hand today to celebrate the coming groundbreaking on Newell Rubbermaid’s $26.6 million investment and expansion to its Winfield facility.

“Today we are celebrating our investment in new jobs and new production...Read on...

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Posted on: April 16, 2012

New dairy and cheese plant to break ground in Hugoton, Kan.

Kansas Dairy Ingredients today announced its plans to build a dairy ingredient and cheese plant in Hugoton, Kan. The company will start construction on the facility next month and begin phase I operation at the middle of the fourth quarter in 2012. The f...Read on...

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Posted on: April 27, 2012

Bombardier Learjet celebrates ground breaking ceremony for Wichita site expansion

Representatives from four levels of government joined Bombardier Learjet executives and other stakeholders, today, to highlight the official ground breaking ceremony marking the expansion of Wichita’s Learjet site.

“This is an exciting day for the fu...Read on...

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Posted on: April 27, 2012

Software company CivicPlus to expand operations in Manhattan

The Kansas Department of Commerce, Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Manhattan announced today that software company CivicPlus will expand its operations and build a new facility in the downtown area. Ten-year plans call for more than 250...Read on...

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Posted on: April 18, 2012

Brownback: Transparent competition needed for light air support

Transparency is a must when it comes to the use of taxpayer dollars. That is why I am troubled by all of the twists and turns associated with the U.S. Air Force’s procurement competition for 20 light-support aircraft for the Afghan air force.

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Posted on: April 19, 2012

RedStone Logistics to start operations in Overland Park

RedStone Logistics, a third-party logistics provider specializing in logistics management services to small- and medium-sized businesses nationwide, will bring more than 100 jobs to Overland Park in the next three years and invest more than $1 million in ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 11, 2012

Cargill to open regional office in Overland Park

Four Cargill agricultural businesses spread out in the Kansas City metro area will share a common address starting in May when the company opens a regional office in Overland Park.

A total of 65 employees will be based in the office at 5200 Metcalf Ave...Read on...

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Posted on: April 18, 2012

Applications for Kansas Main Street Inside Track program due by May 4

Communities interested in applying for the Kansas Main Street Inside Track program need to have applications submitted by May 4. The Kansas Main Street program helps communities improve the appearance and image of their traditional business districts usin...Read on...

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Posted on: April 19, 2012

Montgomery County awarded $365,000 in CDBG funds

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Montgomery County will receive $365,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding through the economic development category.

The funds will be used by the county to make an equipment loan...Read on...

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Posted on: April 9, 2012

Redwood Technology Solutions expands in Overland Park

Redwood Technology Solutions will expand operations to 6811 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park, where the company plans to add nearly 40 employees over the next five years. The company is a leading technology solutions provider of network management...Read on...

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Posted on: April 6, 2012

Teva relocates and expands to Overland Park

Teva announced on April 7 that it would relocate its headquarters and operations to Overland Park. The subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will invest $71 million overall to build a new 154,000-square-foot facility at the corner of Nall Avenue an...Read on...

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Posted on: April 5, 2012

Governor, Commerce Secretary congratulate Spirit AeroSystems on new facility in Chanute, Kan.

A new a 55,000-square-foot manufacturing facility owned by Spirit AeroSystems Inc. formally opened today in Chanute. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Commerce Secretary Pat George joined company leaders, workers and other special guests at a ribbon cutting ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 3, 2012

All American Pet Company selects Shawnee for operational HQ

All American Pet Company Inc. announced on April 2 its new operational headquarters, manufacturing and warehouse facility in Shawnee. The animal health and wellness company plans to add more than 80 new employees over the next five years.

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Posted on: March 28, 2012

Brancato Event Service and its affiliates moving to KCK

Brancato Event Service announced today that it will move operations to Kansas City, Kan., and add 193 jobs. The company’s two affiliates – Brancato’s Catering Co. and All Seasons Party Rental – are included in the expansion and new job creation. Brancato ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 27, 2012

Pittsburg to host international trade networking event

Pittsburg will host an international trade networking event on April 18. This event is open to company owners and economic development officials who are interested in conducting international business. The event will give such participants an opportunity ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 20, 2012

Annual Business Appreciation Month Awards nominations still open until March 30

Nominations for the Kansas Department of Commerce’s annual Business Appreciation Month awards are still open until March 30. The awards serve as a statewide tribute to businesses for their contributions to Kansas and their local communities.

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Posted on: March 19, 2012

Governor’s Exporter of the Year finalists announced

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council have released the names of five finalists for the 2012 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kanas company for outstanding internatio...Read on...

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Posted on: March 19, 2012

Strengthening our nation’s domestic energy supply

The increasing cost of conducting business in the United States threatens innovation and investment in new technologies. In today’s unstable business environment, American industries are understandably reluctant to invest the time and resources necessary ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 14, 2012

Mobile Application Development Company Selects Overland Park for its Headquarters

Automotive Technology Services Inc., an automotive mobile application development company, announced today that it has selected Overland Park for its headquarters, creating 26 high-paying executive jobs.

“The Kansas City area offered Automotive Technol...Read on...

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Posted on: March 12, 2012

Incentives Without Walls awards almost $86K to seven business, community improvement projects

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that it will award almost $86,000 in Incentives Without Walls funding for business and community improvement projects in El Dorado, Holton, Hutchinson, McPherson, Peabody, Phillipsburg and Winfield.

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Posted on: March 1, 2012

Kansas exports increased to $11.57 billion in 2011

Exporting in Kansas reached the second highest level on record in 2011, rising to $11.57 billion, according to data released today by the Kansas Department of Commerce. Exports increased by more than 16 percent from 2010. Since 1999, the state’s export ac...Read on...

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Posted on: March 1, 2012

Zell-Metall USA expands operations to Lenexa

Zell-Metall USA announced today that it will expand operations to Lenexa, building a plastic extrusion manufacturing facility and eventually creating 15 new jobs in the community.

The company will build a 10,000-square-foot building at 10902 Strang Lin...Read on...

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Posted on: February 29, 2012

Universal Forest Products expands to Salina

Universal Forest Products announced today that it would expand to Salina, leasing 15,000 square feet of space at the city’s airport.

"We are pleased to have Universal Forest Products as a new business," said Dr. Randy Hassler, airport author...Read on...

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Posted on: February 27, 2012

Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors adopts key economic indicators

The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors has adopted three systems to monitor key economic indicators in the state.

“It is important we have a better way to understand and to benchmark what is happening in our state’s economy and ultimately set spec...Read on...

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Posted on: February 27, 2012

Annual Business Appreciation Month Awards nominations now open

Nominations for the Kansas Department of Commerce’s annual Business Appreciation Month awards are now open. The awards serve as a statewide tribute to businesses for their contributions to Kansas and their local communities.

The awards are announced ea...Read on...

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Posted on: February 23, 2012

Exide Technologies expands operations in Salina

Exide Technologies, a global leader in stored electrical energy solutions, will add 100 to 130 additional jobs at its Salina battery assembly and electrical charging facility and invest millions of dollars in expanding capacity. The growth is expected to...Read on...

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Posted on: February 23, 2012

Seneca to host international trade networking event

Seneca in Nemaha County in northeast Kansas will host an international trade networking event on March 14. This event is open to company owners and economic development officials who are interested in conducting international business. The event will give...Read on...

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Posted on: February 22, 2012

Kuckelman, Torline, Kirkland & Lewis establish law firm in Overland Park

Michael Kuckelman, Stephen Torline, James Kirkland and Kathryn Lewis have formed a new civil litigation firm in Overland Park. The firm, which formed in January, has leased office space at 10740 Nall Ave. and will create 14 new jobs.

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Posted on: February 21, 2012

Suture Express adding distribution space in Lenexa, office space in Overland Park

Rapidly growing medical distribution company Suture Express announced today that it will be expanding its operations to Lenexa and Overland Park.

The company, current based at 11691 West 85th Street in Lenexa, will be moving its distribution operations...Read on...

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Posted on: February 20, 2012

Netsmart Technologies picks Overland Park for headquarters

Netsmart Technologies will establish its permanent headquarters in Overland Park after an extensive site search. Netsmart, a health care IT company, has plans to grow its employee count from the current 40 to 120 by the time it moves into its new headquar...Read on...

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Posted on: February 15, 2012

YRC Freight to relocate 120 positions to Kansas

YRC Freight announced today that by the end of the year it will relocate 120 positions to its headquarters in Overland Park. The move will consolidate operations within its YRC Freight division from a number of facilities outside of Kansas.

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Posted on: February 10, 2012

Zumiez Inc. relocating e-commerce operations from Washington state to Edwardsville

Zumiez Inc., a leading specialty retailer of action sports related apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories, announced today that the company will move its e-commerce fulfillment operations from its headquarters in Everett, Wash., to Edwardsville. The...Read on...

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Posted on: February 9, 2012

Kansas Energy Conference set for Sept. 25-26 in Manhattan

The next Kansas Energy Conference is set for Sept. 25-26 in Manhattan. The conference will highlight the latest developments in the renewable energy industry, including wind, solar, energy efficiency and biofuels.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012

McLane Foodservice to buy current facility in Shawnee

McLane Foodservice announced recently that it will buy and renovate its Shawnee facility, keeping 186 jobs in the community and adding 25 new positions in the future.

The company will invest more than $17.5 million to purchase and renovate a 244,000-sq...Read on...

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Posted on: February 6, 2012

Kansas recruiting exhibitors for Farnborough Airshow in July

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition will sponsor the “Kansas Pavilion” during the Farnborough International Airshow, which is set for July 9-15 in Farnborough, England. The pavilion will give Kansas avi...Read on...

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Posted on: January 31, 2012

Thirteen communities, three counties share in more than $4.3 million in CDBG funds

Sixteen Kansas communities will share a total of $4,350,044 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced today.

“From downtown revitalization efforts to purchasing needed eq...Read on...

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Posted on: January 26, 2012

CoSentry selects Lenexa for new $32 million data center

Technology service provider CoSentry will build a new $31.6 million data center in Lenexa, creating more than 60 jobs. CoSentry is a one source provider of data center, cloud computing and managed technical services.

“CoSentry performed an extensive m...Read on...

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Posted on: January 12, 2012

Department of Commerce awards housing rehabilitation funds

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that four Kansas communities – Clyde, Concordia, Glen Elder and Wilson – will share more than $1.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) federal funds for housing rehabilitation. These housi...Read on...

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Posted on: January 13, 2012

IMMI to open new operation in Burrton, Kan.

IMMI, an industry leader in the design, testing and manufacturing of advanced safety systems for commercial vehicles, today announced its plans to begin manufacturing school bus components at its newest location in Burrton. Located at 302 East Dean Road, ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 13, 2012

Southwest Airlines is coming to Kansas

Southwest Airlines has committed to serve Wichita according to local and state leaders who met with the airline late last week.

“We are pleased to announce that Southwest Airlines has agreed to serve Mid-Continent Airport,” stated Wichita Mayor Carl Br...Read on...

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Posted on: January 12, 2012

Bombardier Learjet announces expansion of the Learjet Wichita site and workforce

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, today announced the details of the further expansion of Bombardier’s Learjet site in Wichita.

The growth of the site includes the expansion of the Bombardier Flight...Read on...

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Posted on: January 4, 2012

Gov. Brownback statement on Boeing decision

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback issued the following statement regarding the Boeing Co.'s decision to phase out its presence in the state:

“No one worked harder for the success of the Boeing Company than Team Kansas -- whose membership included the outstandi...Read on...

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Posted on: December 22, 2011

Bioscience firm Prathista Industries Limited to open operation in Manhattan

The Kansas Department of Commerce, along with the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, Kansas State University, the city of Manhattan, and the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization, announced that an international fertilizer and animal he...Read on...

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Posted on: December 22, 2011

API Foils headquarters plans move to Lawrence

API Foils announced today that its Americas headquarters will relocate from New Jersey to Lawrence. The move, which will be complete by June 2012, reinforces API’s presence in Lawrence with the creation of 17 new jobs.

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Posted on: December 22, 2011

Rubbermaid set to expand facility with major investment in Winfield

State and local officials welcomed news today that Newell Rubbermaid will expand its presence in Winfield by relocating 200 jobs from a facility in Texas to the south central Kansas community. Rubbermaid also will invest $26.6 million to expand its operat...Read on...

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Posted on: December 21, 2011

Chautauqua, Gove, Pawnee counties join Rural Opportunity Zones partnership

Chautauqua, Gove and Pawnee counties have joined the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZs) student loan reimbursement partnership in the past month, bringing to 43 the number of counties participating.

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Posted on: December 21, 2011

OptumRx announces job growth for Overland Park facility

OptumRx has announced an expansion of operations at its Overland Park customer and mail service facility, which translates to more 600 new jobs for the area. OptumRx, formerly known as Prescription Solutions, is a leading pharmacy benefits management (PBM...Read on...

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Posted on: December 16, 2011

Associated Wholesale Grocers relocates headquarters to KCK

Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) will construct a new office complex in Kansas City, Kan., as part of its plan for major expansion.

The 35,000-square-foot facility will be the new home for AWG’s corporate headquarters and 92 employees that will rel...Read on...

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Posted on: December 14, 2011

Keeping Kansas Competitive engineering initiative receives first $1 million in funding

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Board of Regents announced today the first $1 million investment in the Keeping Kansas Competitive engineering expansion initiative. The funding will be used by the state’s professional engineering programs at Kans...Read on...

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Posted on: December 12, 2011

Governor Brownback, Kansas Regents to announce funding for engineering grants

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Commerce Secretary Pat George and the Kansas Board of Regents have scheduled a brief news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 14, to announce the initial funding for the Keeping Kansas Competitive engineering expansion, which was pass...Read on...

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Posted on: December 9, 2011

MGP Ingredients announces Atchison expansion, new jobs

In a joint statement, executives with MGP Ingredients Inc. (MGPI) and Atchison city officials announce the expansion of plant operations to add 25 new jobs at its Atchison location over the
next five years. The median wage of the new jobs will be $60,00...Read on...

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Posted on: January 19, 2012

Nineteen communities, two counties share in more than $7.7 million in CDBG funds

Nineteen Kansas communities and two counties will share a total of $7,773,083 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week.

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Posted on: November 22, 2011

Brownback signs ‘Small Business Saturday’ proclamation

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 26 as “Small Business Saturday” in Kansas and encourages holiday shoppers to support small businesses in their communities on that day and throughout the holiday season.

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Posted on: November 21, 2011

Forty Kansas counties join Rural Opportunity Zones partnership

Forty of the 50 eligible Kansas counties have joined the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZs) partnership, and 127 applicants from across the country have applied to the student loan forgiveness program, according to the Kansas Department of Commerce.

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Posted on: November 21, 2011

Economic development coalition works to secure Bombardier Learjet expansion and hundreds of new jobs

The economic development coalition of private business, Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, City of Wichita and Sedgwick County that forms the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) is working to secure a total $52.7 million expansion of Bo...Read on...

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Posted on: November 21, 2011

NetWork Kansas announces job creation and capital investment figures for fiscal year 2011

NetWork Kansas released on Nov. 10 its fiscal year 2011 annual report. The report is available to the public as a download on www.networkkansas.com. NetWork Kansas, also known as The Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship, released information about the organ...Read on...

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Posted on: November 7, 2011

Fostering rural entrepreneurs, expanding broadband access focus of Rural Opportunities Conference

The Rural Opportunities Conference, sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce, is set for Nov. 16-17 in Salina. The conference is an educational event for rural entrepreneurs and telecommunications professionals.

The conference will capitalize on ...Read on...

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Posted on: November 3, 2011

Siemens opens U.S. wind power distribution center in Wichita

As Siemens Energy’s wind power business continues its focus on regionalization and providing increased efficiency to its customers, the company today announced it has opened a new wind power distribution facility in Wichita. The 73,000-square-foot warehou...Read on...

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Posted on: November 3, 2011

Mariner Holdings to expand presence in Leawood

Mariner Holdings announced today that it will expand its operations in Leawood, adding additional space at its current location at 4200 W. 115th St., while leasing almost 16,000 square feet of new space in the city at 1130 Tomahawk Parkway. In addition, t...Read on...

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Posted on: November 2, 2011

Archer Foundation selects site for headquarters, business incubator

The Archer Foundation announced today the permanent location for its headquarters in Leawood’s Park Place development. In partnership with Clockwork Architecture + Design and Spaces Inc., the Archer Foundation and its affiliate Archer Capital will develop...Read on...

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Posted on: October 19, 2011

Incentives Without Walls funding awarded to eight community improvement projects

The Kansas Department of Commerce will award more than $70,000 in Incentives Without Walls funding for community improvement projects in Belleville, Coffeyville, Hoisington, Hutchinson, Peabody, Phillipsburg, Seneca and Winfield, officials announced today...Read on...

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Posted on: October 12, 2011

Registration opens for Rural Opportunities Conference

Registration has opened for the Rural Opportunities Conference, sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce, to be held Nov. 16-17 in Salina. The conference is an educational event for rural entrepreneurs and telecommunications professionals.

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Posted on: October 10, 2011

Kansas one of seven states selected to develop strategies to grow advanced manufacturing industries

The National Governors Association (NGA) announced today that Kansas is one of seven states selected to participate in the organization’s Policy Academy on developing strategies to expand advanced manufacturing industries.

The initiative is called “Mak...Read on...

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Posted on: October 4, 2011

Energy Summit focuses on responsible industry growth

More than 220 energy industry leaders and stakeholders joined Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for the Governor’s Economic Summit on Energy today at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita. The summit is the ninth in a series of summits the Brownback Administration is hol...Read on...

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Posted on: October 3, 2011

BP Wind Energy will build wind farm in south central Kansas

BP Wind Energy announced today that it plans to build the 419 megawatt Flat Ridge 2 wind farm in Barber, Harper, Kingman and Sumner counties. The company also announced that it has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement totaling 314 megawatts f...Read on...

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Posted on: October 3, 2011

Valent Aerostructures announces expansion in Fredonia

Valent Aerostructures announced today that it will expand its operations in Fredonia, Kan. The company, which currently employs 55 associates will break ground immediately on a new 50,000-square-foot building scheduled to be completed by March 2012. Valen...Read on...

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Posted on: September 29, 2011

Kansas Energy Conference to highlight latest developments in renewable energy industry

The Kansas Energy Conference will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita. More than 330 people are expected to attend. The conference highlights the latest developments in the renewable energy industry. The day-and-half event will...Read on...

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Posted on: September 27, 2011

Gov. Brownback Announces Economic Summit on Energy

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced today his administration will host the Governor’s Economic Summit on Energy on Oct. 4 at the Hyatt Regencyin Wichita. The summit will be the eighth in a series of summits the Governor’s administration is holding focused...Read on...

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Posted on: September 27, 2011

Kansas Department of Commerce to host Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon

The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development will host its 27th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at noon, Oct. 11, in the Emerald Ballroom, Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 Southwest Topeka Boulevard, To...Read on...

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Posted on: September 27, 2011

Spirit AeroSystems will establish manufacturing facility in Chanute

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. today announced it will establish a manufacturing facility in Chanute to support sub-assembly work on underwing aircraft components as part of a multi-phased project. Establishment of the Chanute site will help address capacity nee...Read on...

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Posted on: September 26, 2011

Johnson Controls to relocate work and add jobs in Wichita

The UPG division of Johnson Controls announced its plans to relocate work from its Norman, Okla., plant to its facilities in Wichita. The move would involve moving three existing assembly lines that produce packaged residential air conditioning and heatin...Read on...

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Posted on: September 22, 2011

Last chance to register for Kansas Energy Conference

Registration for the Kansas Department of Commerce’s annual Kansas Energy Conference ends on Sept. 29. The conference is set for Oct. 4-5 in Wichita.

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Posted on: September 22, 2011

Jack Stack Barbecue to move corporate headquarters to Overland Park

In an effort to nearly double its space and centralize corporate and technical operations closer to its four Kansas City-area restaurants, Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue is moving its corporate headquarters from Martin City, Mo., to Overland Park, Kan., i...Read on...

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Posted on: September 14, 2011

Kansas Downtown Symposium set for Oct. 12-14 in Independence

The Kansas Downtown Symposium will be held Oct. 12-14 in Independence. The event features information and success stories about the Kansas Main Street program, which provides management training, consultation visits, local program evaluation, design assis...Read on...

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Posted on: September 14, 2011

AMC Theatres chooses new home office location

AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announced today the location of its new company headquarters, which will remain in the Kansas City metro area at the Park Place development in Leawood.

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Posted on: September 9, 2011

Department of Commerce announces energy projects for Kansas

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that it will oversee $20.5 million to be invested in two projects intended to increase energy efficiency and spur economic development in the state. The projects – one to increase biomethane production, an...Read on...

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Posted on: September 8, 2011

Wind energy offers clean path to economic growth

By Gov. Sam Brownback
Published by Bloomberg Government, Sept. 8, 2011

The moment is approaching when our nation must decide how it’s going to power the future. The importance of renewable energy to the nation becomes clear as Congress turns its atten...Read on...

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Posted on: September 8, 2011

Premier Beverage chooses Overland Park as regional HQ

Premier Beverage Inc. announced today that it will consolidate two offices into a new Overland Park-based regional headquarters. Premier Beverage is a wholly owned subsidiary of Glazer’s Distributors, one of the country’s largest distributors of alcoholic...Read on...

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Posted on: September 7, 2011

Early registration for Kansas Energy Conference ends on Sept. 9

Early bird registration ends on Sept. 9 for the Kansas Department of Commerce’s annual Kansas Energy Conference, which will be Oct. 4-5 in Wichita.

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Posted on: September 6, 2011

New wind energy supplier opens for business in Kansas

Wurth Service Supply announced it has opened a logistics and distribution center in Wichita, joining a growing number of companies in the wind energy sector that have selected sites in the Sunflower State for new facilities. Wurth joins Siemens Energy, AH...Read on...

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Posted on: August 30, 2011

Argenta selects KC Animal Health Corridor to grow its global animal health business

Argenta, a global provider of drug development services and contract product manufacturing for the animal health industry, announced today it will locate a new lab facility and office in the KC Animal Health Corridor.

“The KC Animal Health Corridor lo...Read on...

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Posted on: August 30, 2011

Early registration deadline for Kansas Energy Conference extended to Sept. 9

Early bird registration has been extended to Sept. 9 for the Kansas Department of Commerce’s annual Kansas Energy Conference on Oct. 4-5 in Wichita.

WHAT: Kansas Energy Conference, highlighting the latest developments in the renewable energy industry. ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 19, 2011

Midland Loan Services to expand in Overland Park

PNC Bank’s regional headquarters for Midland Loan Services announced today that it plans to expand in Overland Park. Midland, a PNC Real Estate business and division of PNC Bank, National Association, plans to add more than 140 jobs during the next five y...Read on...

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Posted on: August 19, 2011

Governor applauds state, local groups for work in bringing Caterpillar expansion to Wamego

Gov. Sam Brownback said today he was pleased with the efforts of two state agencies, as well as local and county officials, in working together to successfully bring an expansion of the Caterpillar facility in Wamego. The company announced Thursday it wil...Read on...

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Posted on: August 17, 2011

Kansas named as top 10 pro-business state

A nationally-recognized real estate company has named Kansas to its “Top 10 Pro-Business States” list. Pollina Corporate released its 2011 list today, ranking Kansas sixth.

“Our administration is committed to making Kansas the top place in the country ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 15, 2011

Registration now open for Kansas Energy Conference on Oct. 4-5

Registration is now open for the Kansas Department of Commerce’s annual Kansas Energy Conference on Oct. 4-5 in Wichita.

WHAT: Kansas Energy Conference, highlighting the latest developments in the renewable energy industry. The day-and-half conference ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 11, 2011

Douglas County, Nemaha County, Moundridge to benefit from almost $1.4 million in CDBG funds

The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced the award of $1,386,725 in economic development assistance to Douglas County, Nemaha County, and the city of Moundridge. Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds will be matched with $19...Read on...

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Posted on: August 4, 2011

Nine new counties join Rural Opportunity Zone partnership

Over the past month, nine new counties have joined the effort to help revitalize rural Kansas through the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZs) student loan forgiveness program.

Cheyenne, Clark, Decatur, Harper, Norton, Sherman, Smith, Stafford and Thomas ar...Read on...

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Posted on: July 27, 2011

Gov. Brownback establishes Council of Economic Advisors

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed an executive order today establishing the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

“The economic future of Kansas depends on the growth of existing businesses and the development of new industries. Economic competitiven...Read on...

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Posted on: July 18, 2011

Anthony, Medicine Lodge selected as Inside Track communities

The Kansas Main Street program of the Department of Commerce announced today that Anthony and Medicine Lodge have been selected for the Inside Track program for Fiscal Year 2012.

To be eligible for the program, the communities need to have a population...Read on...

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Posted on: July 15, 2011

Wind energy manufacturer selects Kansas for new facility

Colorado-based New Millennium Wind Energy has chosen the Kansas Logistics Park in Newton for its first manufacturing facility, state and local officials announced today.

In a special visit to Newton, Gov. Sam Brownback said New Millennium’s new facilit...Read on...

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Posted on: July 11, 2011

Kansas Department of Commerce announces 2011 Community Service Tax Credit recipients

The Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded $4.13 million in Community Service Tax Credits to 22 nonprofit organizations around the state.

These future Kansas income tax credits are a major fundraising tool for community organizations engaged in serv...Read on...

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Posted on: July 7, 2011

Ten new counties join effort to help revitalize rural Kansas

Ten new counties have joined the effort to help revitalize rural Kansas through the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZs) student loan forgiveness program. Barber, Graham, Hamilton, Kearny, Mitchell, Morton, Ness, Stanton, Trego and Wichita became the latest cou...Read on...

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Posted on: July 6, 2011

Gov. Brownback reports that Kansas moving in right direction on jobs, fiscal discipline

In a report of progress to Kansans, Gov. Sam Brownback said the state is moving in the right direction.

“The last decade was a lost decade for jobs in Kansas," Brownback said. "Fewer Kansans were working in private sector jobs in January 2011...Read on...

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Posted on: July 6, 2011

Gov. Brownback welcomes FishNet Security to Overland Park

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback welcomed FishNet Security to Kansas after the company announced today that its headquarters and 175 employees are moving to the Sprint World Headquarters Campus in Overland Park.

“I am pleased to welcome FishNet Security to ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 29, 2011

AuBurn Pharmacy, Bio-Microbics recognized as top businesses of the year by Gov. Brownback

Gov. Sam Brownback recognized AuBurn Pharmacy of Garnett with the Governor’s Award of Excellence and Bio-Microbics of Shawnee with the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award at the annual Kansas Cavalry Encampment at Butler County Community College in El D...Read on...

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Posted on: June 29, 2011

Sweet Success! Mars North America to open manufacturing facility in Topeka

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George congratulated Mars Chocolate North America after it announced today that it will locate a new manufacturing facility in Topeka, and expects to hire 200 full-time employees during the first phase of the expansion.

“T...Read on...

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Posted on: June 27, 2011

Governor’s Award of Excellence, Exporter of the Year Award to be announced June 29 in El Dorado

The winners of the Governor’s Award of Excellence and Exporter of the Year Award will be revealed on June 29 in El Dorado. The awards are part of the Business Appreciation Month, the Kansas Department of Commerce’s annual celebration of Kansas businesses ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 22, 2011

Gov. Brownback, Treasury Department announce $13.2 million to help small business

Gov. Sam Brownback and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced today $13.2 million in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funding to help create new, private sector jobs. The SSBCI program, which supports state-level, small business lendi...Read on...

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Posted on: June 16, 2011

Four additional counties adopt Rural Opportunity Zones resolutions

Four additional counties have signed resolutions this week joining the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZs) program. Greeley, Hodgeman, Pratt and Wallace counties have become full partners in the state’s effort to spur economic growth and revitalization in rura...Read on...

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Posted on: June 15, 2011

VT Hackney expands facility, creates jobs in Independence

VT Hackney of Independence announced today that it will expand its operations in the southeastern Kansas community, adding 70,000 square feet and creating 70 new jobs. The company will expand its Kidron product line to Independence and will build refriger...Read on...

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Posted on: June 9, 2011

Five more counties adopt Rural Opportunity Zones resolutions

Lane, Rooks, Russell, Scott and Woodson counties adopted Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZs) resolutions this week becoming full partners in the state’s effort to revitalize rural areas of Kansas.

“I congratulate the county commissions and economic developm...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2011

Business Appreciation Month winners announced

The Kansas Department of Commerce has named 27 Regional Business Excellence Award winners and 104 Merit Award winners as part of Business Appreciation Month, the Department’s annual celebration of Kansas businesses and their contributions to their communi...Complete list of winners

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Posted on: June 1, 2011

Kiewit Power expands in Johnson County

Kiewit Power announced that it will expand its headquarters operations in Lenexa and add high-paying positions within its two entities, Kiewit Power Constructors Co. and Kiewit Power Engineers Co.

Kiewit Power will make a significant capital investment...Read on...

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Posted on: May 31, 2011

Kingman County becomes the first county to participate in Rural Opportunity Zones program

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George released the following statement today in regards to the Kingman County Commission adopting a resolution opting in to the student loan repayment portion of the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZs) program:

“Today is an ex...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2011

New automotive manufacturing company Van-Rob will bring 75 jobs to Shawnee

Kansas will welcome a new automotive parts manufacturing company, Van-Rob, to Shawnee. The company, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is occupying 75,000-square-feet in the Switzer II Building at 10601 W. 79th Street in the Nieman Business Park area. With...Read on...

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Posted on: May 26, 2011

Six Kansas communities receive $2.1 million in CDBG funding

Six Kansas communities will share $2,100,354 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced today.

“This funding has a positive impact on our communities, from making needed i...Read on...

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Posted on: May 26, 2011

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George applauds signing of expensing legislation

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George released the following statement today in response to Gov. Sam Brownback signing into law SB 196, more commonly known as expensing legislation:

“The top priority for Governor Brownback is to expand the Kansas econom...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2011

Nominations now open for outstanding minority and women owned business awards

The Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority and Women Business Development is accepting nominations for Kansas minority and/or women owned businesses, advocates and young entrepreneurs. These nominations celebrate Minority Enterprise Development ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 5, 2011

Fifteen Simply Kansas companies to exhibit at Kansas Sampler Festival

Fifteen companies involved in the Simply Kansas program will display products at the 22nd annual Kansas Sampler Festival on May 7-8 in Leavenworth. The festival highlights and promotes Kansas products, communities and events. Around 150 cities and towns a...Read on...

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Posted on: April 28, 2011

Four Kansas communities awarded $58,000 in CCB grants

Columbus, Kechi, Bel Aire, and South Hutchinson have been awarded a share of $58,000 in funding from the Community Capacity Building (CCB) Grant Program administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

The program is designed to support collaborative...Read on...

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Posted on: April 27, 2011

Mid-Continent Instruments expanding Wichita location, adding jobs

Mid-Continent Instruments will build additional space onto its existing facility in Wichita, as well as hire at least 24 new employees over the next five years. The company, which was started in Wichita in 1964 as a small repair station, has become an ind...Read on...

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Posted on: April 26, 2011

New animal health institute at K-State Olathe campus will greatly expand research in state

Gov. Sam Brownback and Commerce Secretary Pat George praised the opening of the International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute on the Kansas State University Olathe Innovation Campus as a new chapter in the efforts to make Kansas a global center fo...Read on...

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Posted on: April 25, 2011

Favorable tax policy, ending unnecessary regulations needed to spur aviation growth in Kansas

Kansas needs to adopt a more favorable tax policy and end unnecessary or non-essential regulations to grow the aviation industry in the state. That was one of the main messages delivered to state officials on Monday in Wichita by representatives from avia...Read on...

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Posted on: April 19, 2011

Gov. Brownback to lead major aviation industry summit

Gov. Sam Brownback will hold his first Economic Summit focused on the aviation industry on April 25 in Wichita. This major summit will bring together in one place more than 160 representatives from the aviation manufacturing and aerospace industries, as w...Read on...

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Posted on: April 18, 2011

Promotional services company, shipper to expand operations

The Sunflower Group, a promotional services company, and Midwest Project Services, which provides shipping services to Sunflower, have announced they are expanding operations in Johnson County and hiring an additional 66 workers over five years.

“I c...Read on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2011

Convergys hiring home-based agents in rural Kansas

Convergys Corp., a global leader in relationship management, announced today it plans to hire home-based customer service agents in rural Kansas.

New home agents will provide customer service support for a Convergys client in the satellite/cable ind...Read on...

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Posted on: April 12, 2011

The Golf Warehouse expands operations at its Wichita facility

Online golf retailer TGW.com—The Golf Warehouse announced today that the company will expand its operations in Wichita. The company, a division of Redcats, plans to hire an additional 24 full-time employees during 2011 and anticipates hiring 105 full-time...Read on...

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Posted on: April 11, 2011

Gov. Brownback signs Rural Opportunity Zones program into law

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George released the following statement today in response to Gov. Sam Brownback’s signing into law of the Rural Opportunity Zones program.

“Rural Opportunity Zones will jump start economic growth in many areas in Kansas ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 1, 2011

Lenexa’s Laird Technologies to expand, add workers

Laird Technologies, headquartered in St. Louis, announced today that it will expand its plant in Lenexa and add employees over the coming year. The company designs and supplies components for advanced electronics and wireless products, and will begin manu...Read on...

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Posted on: March 30, 2011

George: This is a great win for Kansas City, Kansas

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George released the following statement today in response to Google selecting Kansas City, Kan., as the first Google Fiber Community, which was announced at Wyandotte County High School:

“This is a great win for Kansas C...Read on...

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Posted on: March 21, 2011

Nominations still being accepted for Annual Business Appreciation Month Awards

The Kansas Department of Commerce continues to accept nominations for its annual Kansas Business Appreciation Month Awards. The Department will again designate June as Kansas Business Appreciation Month and will accept nominations through 5 p.m., April 1....Read on...

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Posted on: February 9, 2011

Five Kansas Communities Award $440,000 in SCIP Grants

Five Kansas communities have been awarded a share of $440,000 in funding from the Small Communities Improvement Program, administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

“This grant funding will have a significant and tangible impact on the quality o...Read on...

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Posted on: February 8, 2011

Kansas Main Street announces workshops for new city applicants

The Kansas Main Street Program has scheduled two workshops for those interested in learning more about this unique program. Kansas Main Street, sponsored by the Department of Commerce, encourages the development and revitalization of downtown commercial d...Read on...

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Posted on: February 21, 2011

BuildMyMove relocates headquarters from PA to Overland Park

BuildMyMove, the country’s first provider of instant, binding online moving quotes for full service interstate moves, today announced plans to relocate its U.S. headquarters from Akron, Pa., to Overland Park, Kan., creating up to 50 new jobs in the state ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 17, 2011

American Maplan Corp. awarded training funds for new employees

The Kansas Department of Commerce has provided plastic extrusion equipment manufacturer American Maplan Corp. (AMC) with $8,400 in Kansas Industrial Training (KIT) Program funds to help the company hire and train 14 new employees at its McPherson location...Read on...

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Posted on: February 16, 2011

Nominations now open for annual Business Appreciation Month Awards

The Kansas Department of Commerce will celebrate 150 years of statehood and 150 years of doing business in Kansas through the annual Kansas Business Appreciation program. The Department will again designate June as Kansas Business Appreciation Month and i...Read on...

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Posted on: January 18, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce awards Water and Sewer funds to 18 communities

Eighteen Kansas communities will share $6,955,094 in Water and Sewer grants through the federally funded Community Development Block Grant program, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced today.

This year’s recipients are the cities of Belleville...Read on...

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Posted on: August 11, 2010

Kansas grabs No. 3 ranking in “Top Deals and Hot Markets” report

Kansas has been ranked No. 3 in Southern Business & Development magazine’s annual “Top Deals and Hot Markets” report, the state’s highest-ever finish in the survey, officials announced this week.

The annual ranking examines 17 Southern states on ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 7, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce to host Kansas Downtown Symposium in Hutchinson

Community developers and business leaders throughout Kansas are invited to share successes, compare challenges and plan for the future at the 2010 Kansas Downtown Symposium in Hutchinson on Oct. 20-22.

Sponsored by the Department of Commerce’s Kansas...Read on...

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Posted on: September 28, 2010

Kansas receives additional $4.4 million for Connect Kansas broadband initiative

TOPEKA - Nine months after receiving a $2 million federal grant for the state’s Connect Kansas broadband initiative, the State of Kansas today was awarded an additional $4.4 million to extend and expand the initiative.

The funding - which comes from...Read on...

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Posted on: September 27, 2010

Department to lead mission trip to Russia to market Kansas purebred cattle

The Kansas Department of Commerce will team up with the Colorado and Montana departments of agriculture to lead a mission trip to Russia to market U.S. livestock genetics Oct. 2-12, officials announced today.

The Kansas contingency includes Kansas ra...Read on...

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Posted on: July 2, 2010

Dodge City named newest designated Kansas Main Street city

The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced Dodge City as the newest member of the Kansas Main Street program, bringing the total number of Kansas Main Street cities to 26.

The Kansas Main Street Program is a self-help technical assistance prog...Read on...

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Posted on: August 27, 2010

Parkinson names chair, vice-chair of Kansas Broadband Advisory Task Force

TOPEKA - Governor Mark Parkinson has named Brad Williams and Randall Allen as chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the Kansas Broadband Advisory Task Force, a group of industry and policy leaders who will help develop the state’s long-term broadband str...Read on...

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Posted on: August 4, 2010

Twenty-nine Kansas communities to share more than $9.2 million in CDBG funds

Twenty-nine Kansas communities will share a total of $9,261,370 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant program, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week.

The announcement follows awarding of more than $12 million...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce announces Community Service Tax Credits

The Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded $4.13 million in Community Service Tax Credits to 21 nonprofit organizations around the state, officials announced today.

These future Kansas income tax credits are a major fundraising tool for community ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 25, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce to host Kansas Pavilion at Summer Fancy Food Show in New York

Eight Kansas specialty food companies will market their products and connect with industry members from around the world June 27-29 at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

The eight companies - Original Juan Specialty Foods (Kansas City), New...Read on...

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Posted on: May 14, 2010

Royal Farms Dairy of Garden City selected to give virtual farm tour at World Dairy Expo

Royal Farms Dairy of Garden City has been named one of only eight dairies to give a virtual farm tour presentation at the 2010 World Dairy Expo, the world’s premier dairy conference, Sept. 28 – Oct. 2 in Madison, Wis.


As a virtual tour presenter, Ro...Read on...

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Posted on: March 23, 2010

Three Kansas companies awarded $18.9 million to expand broadband service

South Central Telephone Association, Inc. (Medicine Lodge), Madison Telephone, LLC (Madison), and J.B.N. Telephone Company, Inc. (Holton), have been awarded a combined $18,889,200 in federal Recovery Act funds for broadband Internet infrastructure project...Read on...

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Posted on: March 3, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce to host Southwest Kansas Dairy Tour

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance (wKREDA) are inviting dairymen, business leaders and journalists to participate in the Southwest Kansas Dairy Tour, which is designed to showcase Kansas as a prim...Read on...

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Posted on: February 16, 2010

Second round of grants, loans for rural broadband Internet projects opens today

Internet service providers and other organizations throughout Kansas are encouraged to apply for the second round of federal funding for rural broadband Internet projects beginning today through March 15.

The Recovery Act funding is available through...Read on...

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Posted on: February 8, 2010

Department awards $500,000 in Small Communities Improvement Program grants

Six rural Kansas communities will share $500,000 in Small Communities Improvement Program funding from the Kansas Department of Commerce, officials announced today.

The cities of Phillipsburg, Rossville, St. Mary’s, Tribune, Udall and White City were...Read on...

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Posted on: January 25, 2010

Fourteen Kansas communities to share more than $3.5 million in CDBG funds

Fourteen Kansas communities will share a total of $3,515,026 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant program, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week.

“We’re pleased to announce the awarding of these funds to som...Read on...

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Posted on: January 27, 2010

Rural Telephone Service Co. awarded $101 million for broadband infrastructure project

Rural Telephone Service Co. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Nex-Tech, has been awarded more than $101 million in Recovery Act funding for broadband Internet infrastructure improvements in central and western Kansas, officials announced this week.

Th...Read on...

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Posted on: December 2, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce accepting nominations for 2011 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award

The Kansas Department of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2011 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas business for excellence in international trade and marketing.

Nominated companies will be evaluated o...Read on...

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Posted on: November 9, 2010

Draka to locate its first U.S. cable assembly venture for wind in Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Draka, a global manufacturer of wire and cable, announced plans today to locate its first U.S. cable assembly venture for wind in Hutchinson, Kan., where the company will supply the Siemens nacelle facility there. The announcement makes...Read on...

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Posted on: October 22, 2010

Secretary Thornton to lead animal health trade mission to China

Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary Bill Thornton will lead a delegation of Kansas animal health companies and veterinary science experts to China from Oct. 23-31 to promote Kansas’ animal health interests, including a recently created animal science ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 15, 2010

Kansas ranks 10th on Forbes magazine’s “Best States for Business” report

Kansas ranked 10th on Forbes’ new “Best States for Business” list, up from last year’s rank of 15th.

The state scored particularly well for its regulatory environment and economic climate, finishing 11th and 13th, respectively, in those categories. K...Read on...

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Posted on: October 21, 2010

Plastikon to locate new facility in Lawrence

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Plastikon, a California-based contract manufacturer for the medical and healthcare industry, announced today that it will locate a new production facility in Lawrence, Kan., creating 126 jobs.

Plastikon will purchase a 40,000-square...Read on...

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Posted on: January 7, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce awards CDBG Housing Rehabilitation funds to three communities

Three Kansas communities will share $1.2 million in Housing Rehabilitation grants through the federally funded Community Development Block Grant program, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced today.

This year’s recipients are Eureka, Fort Scott...Read on...

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Posted on: August 4, 2010

Kansas ranked No. 7 in annual Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States report

For the second straight year, Kansas has been ranked the nation’s No. 7 most business-friendly state in the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States report, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced today.

The No. 7 finish also marks the state’...Read on...

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Posted on: July 30, 2010

Bombardier Aerospace to expand Learjet site in Wichita

WICHITA - Bombardier Aerospace today announced the expansion of its Learjet production site in Wichita to include the new Learjet 85 jet, creating at least 300 jobs and $600 million in total investment in Kansas.

The expanded Learjet site will be res...Read on...

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Posted on: July 15, 2010

Kansas ranks No. 11 in CNBC’s annual Top States for Business report

Kansas has been ranked No. 11 in CNBC’s annual America’s Top States for Business report.

The CNBC report analyzes all 50 states by examining 40 different measures of competitiveness, which are then grouped into 10 broad categories: cost of doing busi...Read on...

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Posted on: June 29, 2010

Kansas awarded Silver Shovel Award by Area Development for job creation, investment

For the fourth time in five years, Area Development magazine has named Kansas a winner of the Silver Shovel Award for excellence in job creation and capital investment.

The award is part of the magazine’s 2010 Golden & Silver Shovel Awards, which...Read on...

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Posted on: June 7, 2010

Site Selection magazine names Kansas a Top 10 state in Competiveness Award

Kansas has been named one of the nation’s 10 most competitive states for capital investment and new facility development by Site Selection magazine, a leading publication for site location consultants.

The announcement was part of Site Selection's an...Read on...

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Posted on: June 1, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce names Business Appreciation Month winners

The Kansas Department of Commerce has named 26 Regional Business Excellence Award winners and 105 Merit Award winners as part of Business Appreciation Month, the Department’s annual celebration of Kansas businesses and their contributions to their communi...Read on...

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Posted on: May 11, 2010

Allen Foods to build Topeka facility

Allen Foods has confirmed its decision to build a new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kansas on a 20-acre site in the Central Crossing Commerce Park in south Topeka. The Company, which produces fresh baked goods, will build a state of the art commercial...Read on...

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Posted on: April 30, 2010

Jupiter Group to establish wind turbine component production facility in Junction City

Jupiter Group, a Denmark-based producer of wind turbine components, will open a new manufacturing facility in Junction City, creating 120 jobs and $2.4 million in capital investment.

Located at 2618 Mid America Drive, the new facility will comprise two...Read on...

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Posted on: March 8, 2010

Regent Asset Management Solutions to Expand in Overland Park

Regent Asset Management Solutions (RAMS), a customized collection agency, will expand its call center in Overland Park and add as many as 1,200 jobs, officials announced today.

The company will lease space previously occupied by the IRS at 7720 W. 11...Read on...

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Posted on: February 23, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce accepting nominations for Business Appreciation Month Awards

The Kansas Department of Commerce has again designated June as Kansas Business Appreciation Month and is accepting nominations for the annual Kansas Business Appreciation Awards, which serve as a statewide tribute to Kansas businesses for their contributi...Read on...

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Posted on: January 12, 2010

Kansas Wind Energy Supply Chain Survey results now available

Results of the Kansas Wind Energy Supply Chain Survey, which was designed to measure the state’s wind energy capabilities and guide future wind initiatives, are now available at www.kansaswindindustry.com, officials announced today.

Initiated in Augu...Read on...

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Posted on: December 22, 2009

Kansas Department of Commerce to host Kansas Wind Supply Chain Workshop

The Kansas Department of Commerce will host the second Kansas Wind Supply Chain Workshop on Jan. 14 from 1–5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita.

The workshop will provide manufacturers an orientation to the supply chain needs of the wind energy ind...Read on...

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Posted on: August 10, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Now Accepting Applications for 2018 New Dance Lab

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TOPEKA -- The New Dance Lab, a partnership between The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and Johnson County Community College, is accepting applications for 2018.

The New Dance Lab will allow a select group of established and aspiring dance profes...

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces Grants

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is now accepting applications for its two main grant categories, The Strategic Investment Program and The Arts Integration Program.

The Strategic Investment Program recognizes the important role crea...

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Posted on: March 29, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission adds six artists to Touring Roster

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission has added six artists to the official Kansas Touring Roster, a directory of Kansas artists which helps match artists with venues.

“The Kansas Touring Roster represents the best in Kansas arts and cul...

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Posted on: February 28, 2018

Supporting the arts is easy in Kansas with “Arts Checkoff” on tax returns

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TOPEKA – While Kansans are pulling together their W-2s and other documents to prepare their 2017 annual tax returns, the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) would like to remind Kansans they may direct all or part of their state income tax ...

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Posted on: January 25, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces 2018 Tallgrass Artist Residency

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TOPEKA -- The Tallgrass Artist Residency, a partnership between The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) and the Center for Living Education, a non-profit organization that manages the Bank Art Space in Matfield Green, is now accepting appli...

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Posted on: January 24, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission now accepting applications for expanded Touring Roster

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TOPEKA -- To help promote Kansas-based performing artists, The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) maintains an approved Touring Roster of Kansas-based touring companies and artists. The roster enables those looking to book performers to id...

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Posted on: January 23, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission now accepting applications for two grant programs

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is now accepting applications for its two main grant categories, The Strategic Investment Program and The Arts Integration Program.

The Strategic Investment Program recognizes the important role crea...

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Posted on: October 27, 2017

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces New Play Lab

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The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission announces a workshop for aspiring playwrights. The New Play Lab at the annual William Inge Theater Festival is a partnership between the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the William Inge Theater...

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Posted on: June 5, 2018

Winners of the Governor’s Exporter of the Year and Award of Excellence awards named

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LAWRENCE, KS – Winners of the Governor’s Exporter of the Year and Award of Excellence awards were announced this evening at the Team Kansas banquet in Lawrence, Kansas.  Team Kansas, an economic development group comprised of business leaders, ec...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Governor’s Exporter of the Year award to celebrate its 30th anniversary

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TOPEKA – Kansas International Trade Day will be held June 5, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Lawrence DoubleTree Hotel.  The conference will feature speakers from business and government with sessions designed to help Kansas businesses start exp...

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Posted on: February 5, 2018

Kansas Commerce announces plans for 2018 International Trade Day Conference

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TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Commerce will host the annual Kansas International Trade Day conference on June 5 in Lawrence. The conference will feature speakers and sessions designed to help Kansas businesses start exporting or grow existing exports....

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Posted on: January 16, 2018

Jan. 26 is deadline to submit Exporter of the Year nominations

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Jan. 26 is the final day to submit nominations to the Kansas Department of Commerce for the 2018 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award. The award is presented to a single Kansas business each year for excellence in international trade and marketing. The w...

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Department of Commerce accepting nominations for 2018 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas business for excellence in international trade and marketing. The winner will be announced in Ju...

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Posted on: November 15, 2017

Lieutenant Governor Colyer to visit Exporter of Year winner Lee Aerospace on Nov. 20th

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Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer will tour the Wichita headquarters of Lee Aerospace on November 20. Lee Aerospace won the 2017 Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas business each year for excellence in interna...

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Posted on: June 11, 2015

International trade conference to be held June 25 in Overland Park

Kansas Global and the Kansas Department of Commerce will host the Kansas International Trade Day conference on June 25 in Overland Park at Johnson County Community College’s Regnier Center. The conference will feature speakers and sessions designed to hel...Read on...

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Posted on: April 8, 2015

Kansas manufacturing exports experience significant growth in 2014

Kansas exports totaled $12 billion in 2014 and saw significant gains in aviation and other key manufacturing sectors. In 2013, the state’s export total of $12.46 billion was the largest number posted since the Great Recession. While exports declined by 3....Read on...

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Posted on: January 21, 2015

Jan. 30 is deadline to submit Exporter of the Year nominations

Jan. 30 is the final day to submit nominations to the Kansas Department of Commerce for the 2015 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award. The award is presented to a single Kansas business each year for excellence in international trade and marketing. The w...Read on...

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Posted on: February 27, 2014

Kansas exporting grows by more than 6 percent in 2013

Kansas businesses exported more than $12.45 billion worth of goods in 2013, a 6.46 percent increase over 2012, according to data released today by the Kansas Department of Commerce. Exports have grown by more than 25 percent during the last three years, a...Read on...

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Posted on: January 21, 2014

Nomination deadline for Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award extended

The Kansas Department of Commerce has extended the nomination deadline for the 2014 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas business for excellence in international trade and marketing. Nominations for the award will n...Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

Nominations for 2014 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award still open

The Kansas Department of Commerce continues to accept nominations for the 2014 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas business for excellence in international trade and marketing. The winner of the 26th annual install...Read on...

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Posted on: November 7, 2013

Department of Commerce accepting nominations for 2014 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award

The Kansas Department of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2014 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas business for excellence in international trade and marketing. The winner of the 26th annual installment of...Read on...

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Posted on: October 31, 2013

Bremen group tours Wichita and meets with aviation companies

A delegation of officials from Bremen, Germany, is visiting Wichita this week to meet with Gov. Sam Brownback, aviation businesses, economic development representatives and state and local officials to discuss growth and collaboration opportunities. The t...Read on...

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Posted on: March 13, 2013

Kansas exports increased to $11.66 billion in 2012

Exporting in Kansas increased slightly to $11.66 billion in 2012, according to data released today by the Kansas Department of Commerce. Exports have grown by more than $1.75 billion since 2010.

“In 2012, Kansas retained the tremendous gains to the sta...Read on...

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Posted on: January 14, 2013

Commerce still accepting nominations for 2013 Exporter of the Year Award

The Kansas Department of Commerce continues to accept nominations for the 2013 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas business for excellence in international trade and marketing.

Nominated companies will be evalua...Read on...

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Posted on: December 5, 2012

Commerce accepting nominations for 2013 Governor’s Exporter of the Year

The Kansas Department of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2013 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas business for excellence in international trade and marketing.

Nominated companies will be evaluated on ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 6, 2012

Gov. Brownback to visit Pittsburg firm Pitsco on Sept. 10

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will tour Pitsco Education, which won the Governor’s Exporter of the Year award earlier this summer, on Sept. 10.

Pitsco started in 1971 and exports education products related to science, technology, engineering and math to m...Read on...

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Posted on: August 13, 2012

Department of Commerce creates Kansas Minority and Women Business Directory

The Kansas Department of Commerce has started the Kansas Minority and Women Business Directory as a resource guide for purchasing agents, contractors and others involved in procurement and contracting of goods and services.

“Our intention is to encoura...Read on...

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Posted on: May 31, 2012

Kansas Department of Commerce to offer free conference on marketing to Mexico

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization (KSU-IC) are sponsoring a free video conference for businesses interested in learning more about marketing and shipping products to Mexico. Mexico is the sec...Read on...

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Posted on: May 30, 2012

Governor’s Exporter of the Year finalists announced

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council have released the names of five finalists for the 2012 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kanas company for outstanding internatio...Read on...

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Posted on: March 27, 2012

Pittsburg to host international trade networking event

Pittsburg will host an international trade networking event on April 18. This event is open to company owners and economic development officials who are interested in conducting international business. The event will give such participants an opportunity ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 1, 2012

Kansas exports increased to $11.57 billion in 2011

Exporting in Kansas reached the second highest level on record in 2011, rising to $11.57 billion, according to data released today by the Kansas Department of Commerce. Exports increased by more than 16 percent from 2010. Since 1999, the state’s export ac...Read on...

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Posted on: February 23, 2012

Seneca to host international trade networking event

Seneca in Nemaha County in northeast Kansas will host an international trade networking event on March 14. This event is open to company owners and economic development officials who are interested in conducting international business. The event will give...Read on...

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Posted on: February 6, 2012

Kansas recruiting exhibitors for Farnborough Airshow in July

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition will sponsor the “Kansas Pavilion” during the Farnborough International Airshow, which is set for July 9-15 in Farnborough, England. The pavilion will give Kansas avi...Read on...

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Posted on: January 19, 2012

Nominations for 2012 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award due by Jan. 29

The Kansas Department of Commerce is still accepting nominations for the 2012 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas business for excellence in international trade and marketing.

The deadline for nominations is Sun...Read on...

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Posted on: December 13, 2011

Applications now being accepted for SBA STEP grants

Companies that wish to apply for more than $500,000 in funding through the State Trade and Export Promotion Grants Program (STEP) may now do so, the Kansas Departments of Commerce and Agriculture announced today.

The funding, which is provided by the U...Read on...

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Posted on: November 29, 2011

Department of Commerce accepting nominations for 2012 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award

The Kansas Department of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2012 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas business for excellence in international trade and marketing.

Nominated companies will be evaluated on ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 28, 2011

SBA Awards Kansas Commerce, Agriculture Departments $500,000 Grant for Trade Activities

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture have been awarded a grant of more than $505,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) through the State Trade and Export Promotion Grants Program (STEP). This award was announ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 20, 2011

Gov. Brownback to visit Shawnee firm Bio-Microbics on Sept. 22

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will tour Bio-Microbics, which won the Governor’s Exporter of the Year award earlier this summer, on Sept. 22.

International markets have been a core part of Bio-Microbics business from its founding. In 1996, before environme...Read on...

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Posted on: May 31, 2011

NEI ExportNOW Conference focused on increasing exports for Kansas businesses

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George will participate in the June 2 ExportNOW conference, sponsored by the National Export Initiative (NEI), in Wichita. The conference is a one-day event that will bring together export knowledge, expertise and resources f...Read on...

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Posted on: April 26, 2011

New animal health institute at K-State Olathe campus will greatly expand research in state

Gov. Sam Brownback and Commerce Secretary Pat George praised the opening of the International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute on the Kansas State University Olathe Innovation Campus as a new chapter in the efforts to make Kansas a global center fo...Read on...

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Posted on: April 6, 2011

Governor’s Exporter of the Year finalists announced

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council have released the names of five finalists for the 2011 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kanas company for outstanding internatio...Read on...

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Posted on: March 31, 2011

Kansas exports rise to $9.93 billion in 2010

Kansas exports showed a respectable increase in 2010, rising to $9.93 billion, according to data released today by the Kansas Department of Commerce. Canada, Mexico, Japan, China and the United Kingdom were the top five export markets receiving Kansas pro...Read on...

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Posted on: March 28, 2011

Hong Kong Commissioner to visit Kansas on March 31

Donald Tong, the Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA, will make his first official visit to Kansas on March 31. Tong will travel to Topeka to meet with Gov. Sam Brownback, Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten, Senate President Steve Morris and ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 4, 2011

Kansas Trade Director encourages businesses to explore trade opportunities in China

As global markets continue to grow, smart business strategy includes defining and selecting international business opportunities. Kansas International Trade Director John Watson explains why in the January edition of Kansas City Small Business magazine.
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Posted on: December 2, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce accepting nominations for 2011 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award

The Kansas Department of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2011 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas business for excellence in international trade and marketing.

Nominated companies will be evaluated o...Read on...

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Posted on: November 9, 2010

Draka to locate its first U.S. cable assembly venture for wind in Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Draka, a global manufacturer of wire and cable, announced plans today to locate its first U.S. cable assembly venture for wind in Hutchinson, Kan., where the company will supply the Siemens nacelle facility there. The announcement makes...Read on...

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Posted on: September 27, 2010

Department to lead mission trip to Russia to market Kansas purebred cattle

The Kansas Department of Commerce will team up with the Colorado and Montana departments of agriculture to lead a mission trip to Russia to market U.S. livestock genetics Oct. 2-12, officials announced today.

The Kansas contingency includes Kansas ra...Read on...

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Posted on: September 22, 2010

Governor Parkinson to visit Osborne Industries on Sept. 24

Governor Mark Parkinson will visit Osborne Industries on Friday, Sept. 24 in Osborne, Kan., to celebrate the company’s 2010 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award.

The Governor’s visit will include a facility tour with Osborne Industries President Ste...Read on...

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Posted on: June 29, 2010

Governor Parkinson announces Governor’s Award of Excellence, Governor’s Exporter of the Year

HAYS - Governor Mark Parkinson tonight named Landoll Corporation of Marysville the winner of the Governor’s Award of Excellence, while Osborne Industries of Osborne was named the Governor’s Exporter of the Year, at the annual Kansas Cavalry Encampment at ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 14, 2010

Governor Parkinson to host Chinese Consul General tomorrow in Topeka

TOPEKA - Governor Mark Parkinson will host the new Consul General of China to Chicago, Yang Guoqiang, tomorrow afternoon in the Capitol to renew business ties between China and Kansas.

The meeting will cover topics related to international trade and ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 30, 2010

Jupiter Group to establish wind turbine component production facility in Junction City

Jupiter Group, a Denmark-based producer of wind turbine components, will open a new manufacturing facility in Junction City, creating 120 jobs and $2.4 million in capital investment.

Located at 2618 Mid America Drive, the new facility will comprise two...Read on...

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Posted on: April 2, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce announces Exporter of the Year finalists

The Kansas Department of Commerce, in conjunction with the Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council, has announced the five finalists for the 2010 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas company for outstanding ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Kansas Department of Commerce announces plans for 2018 Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development is announcing plans for its 34th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will take place during Kansas Minority Enterprise Development...

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Posted on: August 16, 2018

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Posted on: July 19, 2018

Governor Colyer Announces New "Land in Kansas" Strategic Economic Development Initiative

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On Thursday, Governor Jeff Colyer announced the launch of a new economic development initiative aimed at attracting investment and promoting business expansion in Kansas. Colyer was joined by Interim Secretary of Commerce Bob North, Secretary of Agricultu...

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

Announcing plans for first annual Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Conference

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce, KANSASWORKS, Kansas Department for Children and Families, and the Kansas Board of Regents are currently planning the first annual Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Conference in Kansas. This conference will a...

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Posted on: June 18, 2018

Dr. Diane DeBacker to join gathering of State and Federal STEM Education Leaders at the White House

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TOPEKA – Dr. Diane DeBacker, Executive Director of Business and Education Innovation at the Kansas Department of Commerce, will attend the first-of-its-kind State-Federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Summit hosted by...

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Posted on: June 15, 2018

Kansas awarded $1.2 million additional grant funding for Statewide Apprenticeship Program

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce been awarded $1.2 million in additional grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship to help grow the statewide Registered Apprenticeship Program. This new funding follows an initial ...

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Posted on: May 7, 2018

National Economic Development Week – May 7 - 12

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce is joining economic development agencies across the country in celebration of National Economic Development Week from May 7-12. During this week, the agency will highlight the vital services that economic develop...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Innovative Online Tool Guides Kansas Job Seekers

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TOPEKA, Kan. – An innovative online tool created and launched by Kansas labor and commerce officials aims to get Kansans to work in the highest paying and most in-demand jobs.

From accountants, to nurses, to aerospace engineers—the Kansas Career Navigator ...

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Posted on: April 11, 2018

New KSapprenticeship.org website connects job seekers with companies offering apprenticeships

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with KANSASWORKS, has launched a new website aimed at connecting job seekers with Kansas companies offering on-the-job training through the state’s Registered Apprenticeship program. KSapprentices...

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Posted on: April 2, 2018

Kansas Launches “My (Re)Employment Plan” Workforce Program to Improve Services for Job Seekers

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In an effort to match unemployed job seekers with Kansas employers looking to hire workers, Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., is proud to announce that the State of Kansas has launched “My (Re)Employment Plan,” a program that blends enhanced workforce services ...

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Posted on: March 27, 2018

Employers lining up for upcoming technology job fair

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To provide quick job hunting assistance to recently laid-off workers from Sprint, the Kansas Department of Commerce, KANSASWORKS and Workforce Partnership immediately made plans to conduct a technology-focused job fair. A number of leading companies and o...

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Posted on: March 26, 2018

Middle school battle bot builders to test robot contenders at Rubbermaid prior to BotsKC Competition

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Rubbermaid and the Kansas Department of Commerce are sponsoring a team of “battle bot” builders from Winfield Middle School which will be competing in the upcoming BotsKC tournament on April 7. The team of students will meet on April 2...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

KANSASWORKS and Kansas Department of Commerce Announce Plans for Technology Job Fair in Lenexa

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TOPEKA – Upon learning of Sprint’s announcement to lay off 120 of its primarily technical employees, the Kansas Department of Commerce, KANSASWORKS and Workforce Partnership immediately made plans to conduct a technology-focused job fair. The aim of this ...

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Posted on: March 2, 2018

KANSASWORKS and Kansas Department of Commerce All Ready for Statewide Job Fair on March 8

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TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Commerce and KANSASWORKS, along with job centers across the state, are all set to hold the state’s biggest job fair. The KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair on March 8, 2018 will provide employers, veterans and job seekers wit...

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Posted on: January 10, 2018

KANSASWORKS and Kansas Department of Commerce announce plans for Statewide Job Fair

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TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with KANSASWORKS, will host the KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair on March 8, 2018. The annual job fair will provide employers, veterans and job seekers with the unique opportunity to connect face-to...

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Posted on: December 12, 2017

Governor Brownback announces new Executive Director of Business and Education Innovation

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TOPEKA-- Governor Sam Brownback on Tuesday announced the appointment of Dr. Diane M. DeBacker as Executive Director of Business and Education Innovation at the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Dr. DeBacker is a former State of Kansas Education Commissioner, ...

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Posted on: November 13, 2017

Celebrating Apprenticeship Week - Nov. 13 - 19

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TOPEKA – To recognize the value and importance of the statewide Registered Apprenticeship Program in meeting the workforce needs of Kansas employers, the week of November 13-19 has been named Apprenticeship Week in the State of Kansas. Registere...

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Posted on: May 1, 2015

Workforce AID training program announced in Manhattan

The Kansas Department of Commerce is partnering with Caterpillar Work Tools Inc. and Manhattan Area Technical College to provide short term training through the Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand (Workforce AID) pilot project. The program will provide...Read on...

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Posted on: February 17, 2015

Nominations open for 2015 Older Worker Awards ceremony

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force will host the annual Older Worker Awards ceremony on April 6. The Department is now accepting nominations for the awards.

This event honors older workers who continue to play crucial rol...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Informational meetings about benefits available for laid-off Learjet employees will be held Feb. 23

The Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas will host informational meetings on Feb. 23 for workers impacted by the recent layoffs at Learjet, including leased and temporary workers. The meetings will be held at the Wichita Workforce Center and will cov...Read on...

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Posted on: October 15, 2014

Careers in Energy Week presents chance to learn about training and job opportunities

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 13-Oct. 19 to be “Careers in Energy Week.” Kansas offers many programs and resources to help individuals embark upon rewarding and diverse careers in the energy industry. During “Careers in Energ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 9, 2014

Patriot Day career fair for veterans, transitioning soldiers and families to be held Sept. 11

The second annual Patriot Day Career Fair will be held at the Junction City Municipal Building on Sept. 11. The career fair is open to the public, with a special focus on veterans, transitioning soldiers and their families. More than 40 employers will att...Read on...

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Posted on: August 12, 2014

KANSASWORKS to hold statewide virtual career fair Aug. 14

KANSASWORKS will host a statewide virtual career fair on Thursday, Aug. 14, in conjunction with Convergys Corp., a global leader in relationship management. The company plans to hire 500 home agents this month and up to 800 during the fall to service new ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 6, 2014

Career training program brings opportunities to northwest Kansas

Technology training began Aug. 4 at North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech) for 10 northwestern Kansas students enrolled in the Kansas Department of Commerce Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand (Workforce AID) initiative.

The training was ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 30, 2014

Informational meetings about benefits available for laid-off Learjet workers will be held next week

The Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas will host informational meetings next week for workers impacted by the recent layoffs at Learjet. The meetings will be held at the Wichita Workforce Center and will cover benefits and services available to lai...Read on...

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Posted on: July 30, 2014

Kansas awarded Second Chance Act grant of nearly $640,000

Kansas has been awarded a Second Chance Act grant totaling $639,684 to support technical education for inmates at the Topeka Correctional Facility (TCF). The grant will establish two classrooms, including a mobile unit supported by a U.S. Department of La...Read on...

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Posted on: July 14, 2014

Hays “job crawl” offers networking with educators and employers

North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech) will host a “job crawl” on July 15 in Hays. Job seekers can network with educators and employers at the event to learn about training opportunities through the Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand (AID) ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 24, 2014

Older workers honored at awards ceremony in Topeka

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force hosted the 17th annual Older Worker Awards ceremony in Topeka on Thursday. Seven individuals, three businesses and two Older Kansans Employment Program (OKEP) providers were recognized for ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 24, 2014

One week remaining to submit nominations for Older Worker Awards

Only one week remains to submit nominations for the Older Worker Awards ceremony, which will be held on April 24 at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. All nominations for the Older Worker Awards must be received by March 31.

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Posted on: February 25, 2014

Nominations for Older Worker Awards due March 31

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force will continue to accept nominations for the Older Worker Awards through March 31. The Older Worker Awards ceremony will be held on April 24 at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 14, 2014

Leanne Kehres selected as new executive director of Southeast KANSASWORKS

Jerry Atkinson, board chairman of Southeast KANSASWORKS, and Bonnie (Rob) Roberts, chairman of the Chief Elected Officials Board of Kansas Local Workforce Investment Area V, announced today the selection of Leanne Kehres (pronounced kare´-es) as the execu...Read on...

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Posted on: January 28, 2014

Older Worker Awards ceremony scheduled for April 24 in Topeka

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force will host the annual Older Worker Awards ceremony on April 24. The Department is now accepting nominations for the awards.

This event honors older workers who continue to play crucial ro...Read on...

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Posted on: September 16, 2013

KANSASWORKS to hold statewide virtual career fair Sept. 24

KANSASWORKS will host a statewide virtual career fair on Sept. 24 in conjunction with Convergys Corp., a global leader in relationship management. The company plans to hire up to 500 home agents during the fall to service new client needs. Convergys will ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2013

Gov. Brownback, state officials announce new veterans’ website

The state of Kansas announced a new website today that will serve as a central, comprehensive resource for services that the state provides to veterans. KanVet will connect veterans with higher education information and job searching tools designed specif...Read on...

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Posted on: June 18, 2013

Commerce awarded grant from U.S. Department of Labor to build workforce database

The United States Department of Labor has announced that it has awarded a grant of $1,156,117 to the Kansas Department of Commerce to create a secure longitudinal data system. The database will expand and improve the state longitudinal data system, promot...Read on...

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Posted on: April 10, 2013

Older Worker Awards presented in Topeka

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force hosted the 16th annual Older Worker and Employers Awards ceremony yesterday at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Six individuals, one business and seven organizations that serve...Read on...

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Posted on: April 8, 2013

Older Worker Awards ceremony to be held April 9 in Topeka

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force will host the 16th annual Older Worker Awards ceremony on April 9 in Marvin Auditorium at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

This event honors older workers who continue to pl...Read on...

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Posted on: March 14, 2013

KANSASWORKS Employer Partner Incentive announced

Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary Pat George and Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore announced today the launching of the KANSASWORKS Employer Partner Incentive, which is designed to connect employers with per...Read on...

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Posted on: March 6, 2013

Kansas Department of Commerce announces Hostess employees may apply for Trade Act benefits

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that employees working in a Hostess/Interstate Brands site (including on-site leased workers) at the time of closure are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program services.

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Posted on: February 6, 2013

Older Worker Awards Ceremony set for April 9 in Topeka

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force will host the annual Older Worker Awards Ceremony on April 9. The Department is now accepting nominations for the awards.

This event honors older workers who continue to play a very impo...Read on...

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Posted on: December 3, 2012

State Commerce and Labor officials will tour state to promote building a qualified workforce

State officials from the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Department of Labor, and the Kansas Board of Regents will visit six communities across Kansas to promote the state’s effort to build a certified, highly qualified workforce for business and indus...Read on...

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Posted on: November 16, 2012

Interested in a career in the oil and gas industry in Kansas?

Job seekers, veterans and others interested in applying for or learning about career opportunities related to oil and gas activity in the Mississippian Lime Play (MLP) in Kansas should plan to attend the Kansas Oil and Gas Career and Resources Fair on Tue...Read on...

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Posted on: November 5, 2012

Registration for Oil and Gas Small Business Opportunities Conference has been extended

Registration for the Kansas Oil and Gas Small Business Opportunities Conference has been extended until Nov. 19.

Gov. Sam Brownback, other state leaders and industry representatives will gather in Hutchinson on Nov. 27 to get an update on current acti...Read on...

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Posted on: October 23, 2012

KANSASWORKS to hold third statewide virtual career fair

KANSASWORKS will host its third statewide virtual career fair on Oct. 30 in conjunction with Convergys Corp., a global leader in relationship management. The company wants to hire up to 500 home agents for its operations before the end of the year.

“Co...Read on...

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Posted on: October 17, 2012

Interested in a job driving a truck for the oil and gas industry in Kansas?

Kansas has more than 1,600 current, open positions for truck drivers in the state, and with the right training, driving a truck is a high demand career, especially in the oil and gas industry in Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Commerce and its KANSASW...Read on...

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Posted on: October 15, 2012

Careers in Energy Week highlights availability of high demand jobs in traditional energy fields

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Energy Workforce Consortium (KEWC) are teaming up to promote Careers in Energy Week, which highlights the availability in Kansas of high demand jobs in traditional energy fields and the career pathways to e...Read on...

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Posted on: October 11, 2012

Kansas Skills Summit to focus on ways to provide businesses with highly qualified workforce

Gov. Sam Brownback will join state, industry and workforce leaders at the Kansas Skills Summit on Oct. 29 in Wichita as they look at ways to improve the competitive position of Kansas companies by providing a highly qualified workforce.

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Posted on: October 10, 2012

Gov. Brownback helps launch campaign to raise awareness of career technical education opportunities

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback recently unveiled a new marketing campaign to raise awareness and recruit high school students into high-demand occupations available to graduates of career technical education programs. The campaign also promotes the state’s new...Read on...

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Posted on: September 12, 2012

Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission to host job fair on Sept. 15

The Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC) will host a job fair from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Union Station in Kansas City, Mo. The job fair also is sponsored by the Kansas departments of Labor and Commerce, as well as the Missouri Full ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 28, 2012

Two Kansas Registered Apprenticeship programs recognized as innovative and trailblazing

To observe the 75th anniversary in August of the National Apprenticeship Act, the federal Office of Apprenticeship has designated several state Registered Apprenticeship programs as “innovating and trailblazing,” including two in Kansas.

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Posted on: August 14, 2012

Gov. Brownback touts free technical education tuition

Promoting a new law that provides free tuition to Kansas high school students who take technical education courses, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback touted the future of career and technical education (CTE) today in Overland Park. Stakeholders from industries an...Read on...

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Posted on: August 13, 2012

Department of Commerce creates Kansas Minority and Women Business Directory

The Kansas Department of Commerce has started the Kansas Minority and Women Business Directory as a resource guide for purchasing agents, contractors and others involved in procurement and contracting of goods and services.

“Our intention is to encoura...Read on...

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Posted on: July 26, 2012

Gov. Brownback encourages students to take advantage of free tuition offered by new law

With the start of the new school year less than a month away, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback encouraged high school students to take advantage of free tuition offered through the state’s new Career and Technical Education Act during a news conference today at ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 27, 2012

Gov. Brownback highlights importance of career and technical education for high school students

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback highlighted the importance of career and technical education for Kansas high school students today at a ceremonial bill signing of Senate Bill 155 in Wichita. Stakeholders from industries and higher education institutions, as we...Read on...

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Posted on: June 12, 2012

AT&T announces $250 million nationwide expansion of education commitment through Aspire

As access to skilled workers becomes increasingly vital to the U.S. economy, AT&T has launched a quarter-billion-dollar campaign to help more students graduate from high school ready for careers and college, and to ensure the country is better prepare...Read on...

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Posted on: June 5, 2012

KANSASWORKS to hold Engineers’ Career and Resource Fair

Anyone with an engineering background who is currently looking for work, or anyone interested in breaking into the engineering field, should plan to attend the KANSASWORKS Engineers’ Career and Resource Fair on June 12 in Wichita.

The state has launche...Read on...

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Posted on: June 4, 2012

Regional oil and gas symposium set for June 19 in Dodge City

The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corp. will host a day-long conference on June 19 on current and future oil and gas activity in the Mississippian Lime Play (MLP), covering parts of western and south central Kansas. The region was considered tapped o...Read on...

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Posted on: May 29, 2012

New law will help create job opportunities for disabled Kansans

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law today legislation aimed at creating job opportunities for Kansans with disabilities.

House Bill 2453 (formerly HB 2442 and SB 444) will establish preferences to award state contracts to certified businesses if ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2012

Career Spotlight: Water quality jobs offer stable careers, advancement

Communities large and small across Kansas have one thing in common: they all depend on clean water to function properly and provide their citizens with a high quality of life. A career in the water quality field includes a variety of job titles and respon...Read on...

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Posted on: April 27, 2012

State officials welcome U.S. DOL decision to withdraw youth farm labor rule

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt welcomed news yesterday that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has withdrawn a proposed rule dealing with youth working in agriculture. The pair sent a letter to the DOL in November expressing ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 25, 2012

KANSASWORKS to sponsor free home energy efficiency classes

KANSASWORKS and the Kansas Utility Alliance will host a statewide series of classes over the next several weeks to provide information about energy efficient residential construction and retrofit and the growing career opportunities within the field. This...Read on...

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Posted on: April 10, 2012

2012 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair set for April 24

Job seekers across the state should plan to attend the 2012 Kansas Statewide Job Fair on April 24 in Dodge City. The job fair, which is free, is sponsored by KANSASWORKS, the Kansas Economic Development Alliance and the Employer Support of the Guard and R...Read on...

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Posted on: March 26, 2012

Water quality careers workshop set for April 2

KANSASWORKS will present a workshop for those interested in learning more about careers in the water quality treatment field on April 2.

The water quality treatment field is projected to lose more than one-third of its Kansas workforce to retirements i...Read on...

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Posted on: March 15, 2012

KANSASWORKS to hold second statewide virtual career fair

KANSASWORKS will host its second statewide virtual career fair on March 20 in conjunction with Convergys Corp., a global leader in relationship management. The company continues to hire home-based customer service agents in Kansas who can handle client te...Read on...

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Posted on: March 5, 2012

KANSASWORKS to host virtual job fair for Larned State Hospital March 13

KANSASWORKS will host a virtual job fair for the Larned State Hospital on March 13. Job seekers from around the state will have the opportunity to meet with hospital staff via video conference through their local workforce center. Hospital representatives...Read on...

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Posted on: February 7, 2012

Older Worker Awards ceremony, job fair set for March 30 in Topeka

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force will host the annual Older Worker Awards Ceremony on March 30.

This event honors older workers who continue to play a very important role in the Kansas workforce and economy, as well as...Read on...

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Posted on: January 18, 2012

Summit on career readiness focuses on improving opportunities in education

More than 600 Kansans -- either in person or online -- took part in the Governor’s Summit on Career Readiness today, hosted by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. The summit highlighted the importance of Kansas high school students graduating with the skills and...Read on...

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Posted on: January 13, 2012

Governor’s Career Readiness Summit to be live-streamed

Registration for the 2012 Governor’s Career Readiness Summit set for 8:30 a.m., Jan. 18, has reached capacity and is now closed.

Because of the overwhelming response to the summit, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback today announced that an audio feed for the su...Read on...

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Posted on: January 9, 2012

Gov. Brownback announces plan to improve career and technical education

Career and technical educators and stakeholders joined Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback today for the announcement of his plan to boost the percentage of students who are career and college ready upon high school graduation. The plan, which proposes improvement...Read on...

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Posted on: December 14, 2011

Keeping Kansas Competitive engineering initiative receives first $1 million in funding

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Board of Regents announced today the first $1 million investment in the Keeping Kansas Competitive engineering expansion initiative. The funding will be used by the state’s professional engineering programs at Kans...Read on...

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Posted on: December 12, 2011

Governor Brownback, Kansas Regents to announce funding for engineering grants

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Commerce Secretary Pat George and the Kansas Board of Regents have scheduled a brief news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 14, to announce the initial funding for the Keeping Kansas Competitive engineering expansion, which was pass...Read on...

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Posted on: November 21, 2011

Department of Commerce awards training grant funding to community and technical colleges

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that it has awarded $500,000 in funding to six community and technical colleges under the Jobs and Innovative Industry Skills Training (JIIST) grant. The institutions will use the money to develop innovati...Read on...

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Posted on: November 4, 2011

KANSASWORKS to host first statewide virtual career fair

KANSASWORKS will host its first ever statewide virtual career fair on Nov. 14 in conjunction with Convergys Corp., a global leader in relationship management. The company is aggressively seeking to hire home-based customer service agents in Kansas who can...Read on...

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Posted on: October 19, 2011

KANSASWORKS to host home agent job fair in Russell on Oct. 24

KANSASWORKS is hosting a home agent job fair on Oct. 24 in conjunction with Convergys, a global leader in relationship management.

“Convergys’ Home Agent program is one of the fastest growing parts of the company, and it offers a flexible work alternat...Read on...

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Posted on: October 18, 2011

Kansas Department of Commerce awarded an H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that it was awarded a $5 million, four-year H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant can be used by employers for on-the-job training to support the hiring of new eng...Read on...

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Posted on: October 14, 2011

KANSASWORKS to host home agent job fair in Plainville, Phillipsburg on Oct. 21

KANSASWORKS is hosting a home agent job fair on Oct. 21 in conjunction with Convergys, a global leader in relationship management.

“Convergys’ Home Agent program is one of the fastest growing parts of the company, and it offers a flexible work alternat...Read on...

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Posted on: August 4, 2011

Garden City’s TekVet to hold career fair Aug. 10-11

TekVet will hold a career fair at its Garden City offices on Aug. 10-11. The company, which created and manufactures an early detection system to help livestock owners monitor animals for diseases, is looking to potentially fill several positions across a...Read on...

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Posted on: August 2, 2011

Manufacturing Institute, Wichita Area Technical College to offer Advanced Manufacturing training

The Manufacturing Institute of Washington, D.C., announced a partnership today with the Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) to begin deployment of the NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System in Kansas. Through the alignment of educational...Read on...

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Posted on: July 19, 2011

Department to sponsor workshop for contractors interested in working with Kansas wind farm industry

The Kansas Department of Commerce, in conjunction with the Advance Manufacturing Institute, the Association of General Contractors, Kansas Contractors Association and the Great Lakes Wind Network, will sponsor a workshop for Kansas contractors interested ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 11, 2011

AAR Aircraft Services, SLN Aviation Service Center to hold Career and Networking Fair

AAR Aircraft Services, a leading provider of aircraft maintenance and modifications services, in partnership with the SLN Aviation Service Center and KANSASWORKS, will hold an Aviation Career and Networking Fair in Salina to meet with the local aviation ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 11, 2011

Topeka’s Washburn Tech to host job and training expo on July 14

To help connect job seekers with employers, an Advanced Systems Technology Job and Training Expo will be held from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. July 14 at the Washburn Institute of Technology Conference Center in Topeka. The expo has been developed through a partnershi...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2011

Heartland Mill Inc. receives Kansas Industrial Retraining funds

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Heartland Mill Inc. of Marienthal has received $11,600 in Kansas Industrial Retraining (KIR) funds to provide employee training on a new global food certification standard used by its customers.

Th...Read on...

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Posted on: June 24, 2011

Osborne Industries receives Kansas Industrial Retraining funds

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Osborne Industries Inc. of Osborne has received $8,465 in Kansas Industrial Retraining (KIR) funds to provide employee training on two new technology systems the company is implementing this year.

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Posted on: June 1, 2011

Colleges receive $117,100 in funding for health career training program

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) have awarded $117,100 in grant funding to nine community and technical colleges to provide job training for 100 individuals to eventually take positions in needed health care profess...Read on...

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Posted on: May 31, 2011

Kansas Career Pathways Summit set for June 1-2

More than 170 participants are set to take part in the “Keeping Kansas Competitive” Career Pathways Summit this week in Topeka. The summit will focus on successfully using the emerging strategy of “career pathways” as a tool for workforce development, as ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2011

George: ‘More engineering students critical for job growth in Kansas’

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George released the following statement today in response to Gov. Sam Brownback signing into law SB 127, the University Engineering Initiative Act:

“Graduating more engineering students is critical for job growth in Kansas...Read on...

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Posted on: April 27, 2011

KANSASWORKS Mobile Center to visit 3i Show

The Kansas Department of Commerce will exhibit its KANSASWORKS Mobile Center, a custom-built RV designed as a traveling workforce services office, at the 2011 3i Show from May 4-6 at the Finney County Fairgrounds in Garden City.

The 38-foot Mobile Cent...Read on...

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Posted on: November 9, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Board of Regents invest $1.6 million in EnergyNET

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Board of Regents will invest $1.6 million in the Energy Network of Education and Training (EnergyNET), a system of Kansas public higher education institutions collaborating to provide enhanced workforce tra...Read on...

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Posted on: September 30, 2010

Kansas receives nearly $15.5 million to strengthen health care workforce

Kansas has received two U.S. Department of Health & Human Services grants totaling $15,485,480 over five years to strengthen the state’s health care workforce, officials announced today.

The two grants are as follows:

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Posted on: May 18, 2010

Kansas Department of Labor releases first-ever Kansas Green Jobs Survey results

TOPEKA – Kansas employers have more than 20,000 green jobs and expect to have more than 30,000 such jobs by 2012, according to results from the state’s first-ever survey to identify and measure green jobs based on information from Kansas employers.


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Posted on: January 20, 2010

Kansas awarded $6 million Recovery Act grant for green jobs

Kansas has been awarded a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to train Kansans for employment in green industries, officials announced today.

“This grant will help out-of-work Kansans re-train for new jobs in the renewable energy secto...Read on...

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