Posted on: December 12, 2017

Reminder: Nominate a Kansas business for the 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: 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 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: September 13, 2017

The Kansas Department of Commerce announces that 13 nonprofits have been awarded Community Service T

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The Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded 13 nonprofit organizations around the state Community Service Tax Credits (CSP). Since 1994, CSP has helped nonprofit organizations undertake major capitol fund-raising drives for various projects which have m...

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Posted on: August 22, 2017

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

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The Kansas Department of Commerce is pleased to announce that the agency has been recognized by Area Development magazine with one of its 2017 Silver Shovel awards. The Silver Shovel award honors state economic development agencies that drive significant ...

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

2017 Kansas Energy Conference to Highlight Latest Developments in Renewable Energy

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Registration is open for the 2017 Kansas Energy Conference, which will be held Sept. 26 and 27 in Wichita. The 2017 conference is co-sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Clean Energy Business Council.

The Kansas Energy Conference will hig...

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

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

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The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development announces plans for its 33rd Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will take place during Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (ME...

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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:
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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.

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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.

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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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