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Posted on: August 22, 2014

Inclusion Technologies selects Atchison for headquarters

Inclusion Technologies LLC has selected Atchison as the location of its headquarters and manufacturing facility. Beginning in late summer 2014, the startup company will produce food ingredient products for the industrial... Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2014

Commerce partners with Kansas Global Trade Services on $250,000 grant to support and grow exports

Gov. Sam Brownback announced today that the Kansas Department of Commerce will partner with Kansas Global Trade Services on a $250,000 grant from the Legislature to increase awareness of the importance of exports for the... Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2014

Kansas Edge Reshoring Conference to be held Sept. 25 in Wichita

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that the Kansas Edge Reshoring Conference will be held on Sept. 25 at Wichita State University. The conference will highlight how Kansas is well positioned to capture... Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2014

Kansas Athletic Commission announces selection of Adam Roorbach as new Kansas Boxing Commissioner

The Kansas Athletic Commission announced today the selection of Adam Roorbach as the new Kansas Boxing Commissioner.

Roorbach holds a Master of Science in Physical Education from Eastern Illinois University and Bachelor... Read on...

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... Read on...

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)... Read on...

Posted on: August 1, 2014

New application deadlines and guidelines now available for all KCAIC grant programs

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) has announced that new deadlines and updated application guidelines and forms are available for the Creative Economy Project Support grant, Strategic Investment Program... Read on...

Learn more about KCAIC programs
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... Read on...

Posted on: July 30, 2014

Alliance Data announces plans to create 530 new jobs in Kansas

Alliance Data Systems has announced that it plans to expand and create 530 new jobs in Lenexa. The company, which provides data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions, anticipates a capital investment of more than $17... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: July 28, 2014

Registration opens for 2014 Kansas Energy Conference

Registration is now open for the 2014 Kansas Energy Conference, which will be held Sept. 16-17 in Topeka.

WHAT: The Kansas Energy Conference will highlight the latest developments in the renewable energy industry. The... Read on...

Register for the 2014 Kansas Energy Conference
Posted on: July 24, 2014

Governor Brownback joins officials in announcing U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Kansas City

Topeka – Governor Sam Brownback joined Sporting Club, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and representatives from Schlitterbahn Water Park and EPR Properties on Wednesday to announce the development of a U.S. Soccer... Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2014

Kansas places fifth in Pollina’s “Top 10 Pro-Business States” rankings

Pollina Corporate recognized Kansas as one of the best states for businesses when it revealed its 2014 “Top 10 Pro-Business States” rankings today. The Sunflower State ranked fifth overall, a one-spot improvement from 2013’s... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2014

Community Service Tax Credit Program awards announced

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that 25 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... Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2014

Only one day remains to submit nominations for Minority Enterprise Development Week awards

July 11 is the final day to submit nominations for the 2014 Minority Enterprise Development Week awards. These awards celebrate Kansas minority and/or women owned businesses, advocates, young entrepreneurs and corporations.... Read on...

Submit a MED Week nomination
Posted on: July 8, 2014

KCAIC announces Sept. 1, Nov. 7 deadlines for CEPS grant applications

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) has announced deadlines to apply for Creative Economy Project Support grants. Initial applications must be submitted by Sept. 1, and final applications by Nov. 7. To... Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2014

Creative Arts Industries Commission announces $355,000 in grants

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) has announced that it has awarded grants to 11 organizations. The grant awards, which total $355,298, were awarded through the Strategic Investment and Arts Integration... Read on...

See the full list of grant recipients here
Posted on: June 30, 2014

Employers can support veterans this Fourth of July through KanVet

As Kansans celebrate the Fourth of July this week, employers in the Sunflower State can use KanVet to show their support for the veterans who help make Independence Day celebrations possible. The KanVet “Hire a Veteran... Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2014

BATS Global Markets renews lease in Lenexa

BATS Global Markets (BATS) has announced that it has signed a 10-year lease renewal for its Lenexa global headquarters. The stock exchange, which is based at 8050 Marshall Drive, employs 104 workers in Kansas and will bring... Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2014

Quest Diagnostics to create 500 new jobs in Lenexa

Quest Diagnostics has announced that it will expand its presence in Lenexa and hire 500 workers for its Quest Diagnostics National Operations Center. The company’s new operations facility will be located at 9601 Renner... Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Galaxy Technologies, Kansas Aviation of Independence win top Business Appreciation Month honors

Gov. Sam Brownback recognized Galaxy Technologies of Winfield with the Governor’s Award of Excellence and Kansas Aviation of Independence with the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award at the annual Team Kansas Awards... Read on...

Posted on: June 11, 2014

Go Configure announces relocation to Pittsburg

Go Configure has announced that it will relocate its administrative and call center operations to Pittsburg during 2014. The company expects to invest more than $9 million and will create 35 new jobs initially, with an... Read on...

Posted on: June 5, 2014

Grantham holds ribbon cutting ceremony for new campus

Grantham University held a ribbon cutting Wednesday for its new main campus in Lenexa’s Southland Corporate Park. More than 400 staff members attended the event, along with local officials. Grantham’s new location is LEED... Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2014

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, young entrepreneurs and corporations. These... Read on...

Submit a nomination
Posted on: May 29, 2014

2014 Business Appreciation Month winners announced

The Kansas Department of Commerce has named 24 Regional Business Excellence Award winners and 76 Merit Award winners as part of Business Appreciation Month, the Department’s annual celebration of Kansas businesses and their... Read on...

See a complete list of BAM Award winners here
Posted on: May 28, 2014

U.S. Commerce Department designates South Kansas a manufacturing community led by Wichita State

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that South Kansas is among the first 12 communities that will be designated Manufacturing Communities as part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP)... Read on...

Posted on: May 28, 2014

Hospira announces investment in McPherson facility

Hospira Inc. (NYSE: HSP), the world’s leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies, today announced an investment in its McPherson, Kansas, facility that will result in 150 jobs and $120 million in capital... Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2014

Governor Brownback proclaims June Business Appreciation Month

Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation today declaring June to be Business Appreciation Month. Business Appreciation Month serves as a statewide tribute to Kansas businesses for their contributions to the economy and their... Read on...

Posted on: May 21, 2014

Commerce and KHRC partner to support quality and affordable housing in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Commerce has partnered with the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Federal Home Loan Bank to launch a webpage listing the housing resources... Read on...

View housing programs in Kansas
Posted on: May 21, 2014

Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors discusses trade at meeting

The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors held its quarterly meeting in Topeka on Tuesday. The meeting highlighted the importance of trade and exporting for Kansas and the region with presentations from the Federal Reserve... Read on...

Posted on: May 19, 2014

Treasury officials tout State Small Business Credit Initiative

Officials from the U.S. Treasury visited Topeka today to discuss the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). The Treasury joined Green Dot Holdings LLC, NetWork Kansas and the Department of Commerce in a roundtable... Read on...

Posted on: May 16, 2014

Signs on Turnpike bridges alert graduates, other travelers of Rural Opportunity Zones incentives

With several Kansas universities holding commencement ceremonies this weekend, students and families traveling along the Kansas Turnpike will have the opportunity to learn more about the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) program... Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2014

Advanced Call Center Technologies will create 625 jobs in Junction City

Advanced Call Center Technologies (ACCT), a provider of contact center and back office support services, has announced that it has signed a six-year lease for a call center building in Junction City. ACCT will take... Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2014

Kansas programs support nurses with training and job placement

May 6 is National Nurses Day, a time to thank nurses for their service to Kansas and their communities. The Kansas Department of Commerce is proud to support several programs that help train nurses and assist nurses in... Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2014

Local Technology Planning Pilot project will help communities develop strategic plans for broadband

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that four Kansas cities and counties will participate in a Local Technology Planning Pilot project as part of the Kansas Statewide Broadband Initiative (KSBI). Dodge City/Ford... Read on...

Learn more about the KSBI
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,... Read on...

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)... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: April 16, 2014

TM Track Machines opens railcar repair and tamper manufacturing facility in Parsons

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that TM Track Machines LLC has opened a railcar repair shop and tamper manufacturing facility in Parsons. At the facility, TM Track plans to create 75 jobs during the next... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: April 10, 2014

Governor Sam Brownback congratulates Bombardier Learjet on successful test flight

Topeka – On Wednesday, Governor Sam Brownback issued the following statement following a successful test flight of the Learjet 85.

"I congratulate Bombardier Learjet for the successful first flight of the Learjet 85. ... Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2014

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission announces $57,500 in grants

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) has announced that it has awarded grants to 11 organizations. The grant awards, which total $57,500, were awarded through the Strategic Investment and Arts Integration... Read on...

Learn more about the KCAIC
Posted on: April 7, 2014

One week remains to support the arts in Kansas while filing tax returns

When Kansans file their tax returns this year, they can choose to direct all or part of their state income tax refunds to support the arts. Individuals who will receive a refund will have an “Arts Check-off” option to donate... Read on...

Learn more about the KCAIC
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... Read on...

Posted on: March 27, 2014

Kansans can support the arts this year with the “Arts Checkoff”

This year, arts supporters in Kansas may direct all or part of their state income tax refund to support the arts. Individuals who will receive a refund will have an “Arts Checkoff” option to donate a portion of the refund to... Read on...

Learn more about the KCAIC
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.

WHAT: The Rural Opportunities... Read on...

Register for the Rural Opportunities Conference
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... Read on...

Submit a nomination for the Older Worker Awards
Posted on: March 13, 2014

Global Ground Support announces extension of lease in Olathe

Global Ground Support has announced that it will keep its manufacturing operations in its existing 112,000 square-foot facility at Old 56 Highway and Harrison Street in Olathe. Global Ground Support produces a wide array of... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

Nominate a business for the BAM Awards
Posted on: March 6, 2014

Creative Arts Industries Commission announces “Arts Checkoff”

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) has announced that Kansans may direct all or part of their state income tax refund to support the arts. Individuals who will receive a refund will have an “Arts... Read on...

Learn more about the KCAIC
Posted on: March 3, 2014

Site Selection ranks Kansas fifth in the nation for economic development projects per capita in 2013

The state of Kansas ranked fifth in the country for economic development projects per capita in Site Selection magazine’s 2013 rankings. Site Selection, which has compiled annual economic development rankings since 1978,... Read on...

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... Read on...

Learn more about Kansas exports
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... Read on...

Learn more about ROZ Employer Sponsorships
Posted on: February 26, 2014

Creative Arts Industries Commission expands application opportunities

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) has announced that it will expand opportunities to apply for grants. The KCAIC has created an additional April 11 deadline to apply for two programs and has updated the... Read on...

Learn more about KCAIC programs
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... Read on...

Posted on: February 25, 2014

Mile Hi Specialty Foods to open distribution facility in Shawnee

Mile Hi Specialty Foods Co. has announced it will locate its new warehouse and distribution facility in Shawnee. The distribution company plans to create 29 new jobs during a three year period.

“We are looking forward to... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: February 13, 2014

kk-electronic expands operations to Lenexa

kk-electronic announced that it has expanded its North American operations, opening an office and distribution center in Lenexa. The new facility will allow kk-electronic to better serve its North American customers and... Read on...

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... Read on...

Learn more about Business Appreciation Month
Posted on: January 30, 2014

Intouch Solutions announces expansion in Kansas

Intouch Solutions has announced that it will move its offices to 7045 College Boulevard in Overland Park in June. A technology based marketing agency serving the pharmaceutical industry, Intouch Solutions currently employs... Read on...

Posted on: January 30, 2014

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission announces grant awards

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) has announced grant awards totaling $23,000 to four organizations. The grants were awarded through the Strategic Investment and Arts Integration programs. KCAIC programs... Read on...

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... Read on...

Learn more about the Older Worker Awards
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... Read on...

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.... Read on...

Download a nomination form
Posted on: January 17, 2014

KCAIC announces Kansas artists are eligible for the 2015 Artistic Innovation program

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) has been informed that Kansas will be eligible for the Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) 2015 Artistic Innovation program, in addition to the previously announced grants... Read on...

Posted on: January 16, 2014

KCAIC announces additional Feb. 7 deadline for Strategic Investment and Arts Integration programs

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) has announced an additional Feb. 7 rolling deadline to apply for Strategic Investment and Arts Integration programs. Other opportunities to submit applications include... Read on...

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.

WHAT: The Rural Opportunities Conference will... Read on...

Learn more about Rural Opportunities Conference
Posted on: January 16, 2014

U.S. congressional staff to tour Wichita aviation facilities

A delegation of United States congressional staff will meet with state and local officials and business leaders on Jan. 17 to discuss workforce and economic issues. The meetings will include presentations and panel... Read on...

Posted on: January 15, 2014

Grantham University announces move to Lenexa

Grantham University, an accredited online university serving working adults around the world, announced this week that it will be relocating its main campus to Lenexa in spring 2014.

“We have been searching diligently... Read on...

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... Read on...

Download Nomination Forms
Posted on: December 23, 2013

Kansas Small Business Forum to be held Jan. 7 at Sporting Park

University of Kansas School of Business Dean Neeli Bendapudi will be one of the featured speakers at the Kansas Small Business Forum to be held Jan. 7, 2014, at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

The forum will include... Read on...

Posted on: December 23, 2013

Kansas receives $4.4 million from the Treasury to expand Small Business Lending Programs

Kansas has received an additional $4,477,239 from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to expand Kansas' small business lending programs through the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). This transfer represents... Read on...

Learn more about Kansas Capital Multiplier Funds
Posted on: December 12, 2013

Support the arts this holiday season with an arts themed license plate

This holiday season, Kansans can give the gift of supporting the arts through the “Driving the Arts” license plate program. All revenue generated from the purchase of arts-themed Kansas license plates will directly fund... Read on...

Reserve an arts plate
Posted on: December 10, 2013

Midwest Energy and CoBank Create Career Training Scholarship Project

Midwest Energy and CoBank have established a $120,000 scholarship and career training project for people from Midwest Energy’s service area interested in careers requiring technical training from community and technical... Read on...

Posted on: December 9, 2013

Creekstone Farms expands in Arkansas City

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC, one of the largest employers in Cowley County, announced today that it will expand its operations in Arkansas City. The beef processing company, which has been based in Arkansas City for... Read on...

Posted on: December 5, 2013

Selas Heat Technology purchases Webster Engineering and Manufacturing

Selas Heat Technology Company LLC announced that it has completed the purchase of Webster Engineering and Manufacturing Co. LLC based in Winfield. As a result of the acquisition, Webster will retain its nearly 60 positions... Read on...

Posted on: November 27, 2013

KCAIC announces updated program guidelines and availability of Mid-American Arts Alliance programs

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) has announced that Kansas artists can now access Mid-American Arts Alliance (M-AAA) programs. These programs will support professional development and touring arts... Read on...

Learn more about applying for KCAIC programs
Posted on: November 22, 2013

Farmers Insurance extends lease for Olathe office

Farmers Insurance announced that it has extended its lease for its national property claims division offices in Olathe. The extension, which lasts through 2024, will allow Farmers to retain 400 positions at its more than 100... Read on...

Posted on: November 20, 2013

AlixaRx opens new fulfillment center in Lenexa

AlixaRx opened a new 11,400-square-foot fulfillment center yesterday in Lenexa. The company, which offers pharmaceutical services to post-acute health care facilities, plans to create 88 new jobs in Lenexa during the next... Read on...

Posted on: November 8, 2013

Crosswind Petfoods to move to Topeka

Crosswind Petfoods has announced it will expand its operations to Topeka and create 62 jobs. Crosswind produces pet food for both branded and private label programs. The company anticipates a capital investment of $4 million... Read on...

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... Read on...

Governor’s Exporter of the Year Nomination Form
Posted on: November 6, 2013

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission announces program guidelines

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission has announced new guidelines for its Creative Economy Project Support Program, Strategic Investment Program and Arts Integration Program. The guidelines will be used in the... Read on...

Program Guidelines
Posted on: November 6, 2013

Seven additional Rural Opportunity Zones counties partner in student loan repayment program

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that seven additional counties certified by the Kansas Legislature to participate in the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) program have decided to partner with the state in the... Read on...

Learn more about Rural Opportunity Zones
Posted on: November 5, 2013

NetWork Kansas announces 2013 entrepreneurship communities

NetWork Kansas announced today that it has selected five additional Kansas communities to participate in its innovative Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership that emphasizes development of community resources to create... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: October 25, 2013

Hispanic Business Forum highlights economic development and state resources

More than 80 Hispanic small business owners, chamber of commerce leaders and community development officials greeted Gov. Sam Brownback Wednesday in Wichita, as the Kansas governor applauded the growth of Hispanic businesses... Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2013

BNSF opens Logistics Park Kansas City Intermodal Facility

BNSF Railway introduced its new Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) Intermodal Facility in Edgerton today during the facility’s grand opening ceremony. LPKC is a more than 1,550-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse... Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2013

Hispanic Business Forum to be held Oct. 23 in Wichita

The Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC), the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and the Kansas Department of Commerce will host an open... Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2013

HairUWear will open facility in Lenexa

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that HairUWear Inc., a premier manufacturer of high quality hair goods, will relocate its corporate offices, as well as its distribution and warehousing operations to Lenexa.... Read on...

Posted on: October 9, 2013

Docking Institute study finds PEAK program has positive effect on Kansas economy

The Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University has published the results of an evaluation and economic impact analysis of the Promoting Employment Across Kansas (PEAK) program. The study concluded that... Read on...

Posted on: October 9, 2013

NetWork Kansas launches new business loan program for minority, women and disadvantaged businesses

The Kansas Department of Commerce and NetWork Kansas announced today the launch of the Minority and Women Business (MWB) Multiplier Loan Fund. The program will provide a source of gap financing to help for-profit, Kansas... Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2013

Hispanic Business Forum to be held Oct. 23 in Wichita

The Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC), the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and the Kansas Department of Commerce will host an open... Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: September 25, 2013

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 29th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at noon, Oct. 8, in the Emerald Ballroom, Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717... Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2013

Kansas Energy Conference will highlight renewable energy industry

The 2013 Kansas Energy Conference will be held Oct. 1-2 in Manhattan, highlighting the latest developments in the renewable energy industry. The day-and-half event will feature three general sessions and several breakout... Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2013

CritiTech Expands Into New Headquarters

LAWRENCE, KS – CritiTech, a rapidly growing drug development company, announced today that it has completed its move into a new 10,000 square-foot headquarters in North Lawrence.

The new headquarters, located at 1849 E.... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2013

Creative Arts Industries Commission announces $350,000 in grants

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) has awarded $350,000 in grants for nine projects. The projects chosen for funding will rely upon partnerships between arts, economic development and government... Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Eight new Rural Opportunity Zones counties partner with state

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that eight additional counties certified by the Kansas Legislature to participate in the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) program have decided to partner with the state in the... Read on...

Posted on: August 29, 2013

Kansas is ‘Driving the Arts’ with renewed license plate campaign

Kansas will be “Driving the Arts” forward with a specially designed license plate to support the creative arts in the state. The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) today unveiled the Driving the Arts campaign... Read on...

Reserve an arts plate
Posted on: August 29, 2013

NEA awards partnership grant of $560,800 to CAIC

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a partnership grant of $560,800 to the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) for FY 2014. The grant... Read on...

Posted on: August 28, 2013

Hispanic Business Forum to be held Oct. 23 in Wichita

The Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC), along with the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, will host an open discussion with the... Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2013

Cargill invests $48 million in Dodge City beef plant order distribution system

To better serve its customers and meet their needs for beef produced at its Dodge City, Kan., processing facility, Cargill is investing $48 million in a new automated order distribution system at its plant there.... Read on...

Posted on: August 26, 2013

Early registration for 2013 Kansas Energy Conference closes Aug. 31

Early registration for the 2013 Kansas Energy Conference ends on Aug. 31. Participants can continue to register this week at a discounted early bird rate for the annual conference, which will be held Oct. 1-2 in Manhattan.... Read on...

Posted on: August 21, 2013

Palmer Manufacturing and Tank plans expansion in Garden City

Palmer Manufacturing and Tank plans to expand its operations in Garden City. A manufacturer of steel and fiberglass tanks for companies in the oil and gas industry, Palmer anticipates creating more than 100 new jobs in... Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2013

Unilever to invest and expand in Johnson County

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Unilever will make a $152.5 million investment at its New Century spreads manufacturing facility in Johnson County, which includes an expansion as well as purchase of... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: August 14, 2013

The Miller Group announces move to Overland Park

The Miller Group, one of Kansas City’s largest locally owned, full-service insurance and employee benefit firms, announced that it will move its headquarters to 6363 College Boulevard, Overland Park. Leased space in the new... Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2013

Creative Arts Industries Commission announces grant awards

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) has awarded grants to five Kansas arts organizations totaling $32,606. Grantees were selected by the CAIC’s advisory board and approved by Commerce Secretary Pat George... Read on...

Posted on: August 1, 2013

Registration opens for 2013 Kansas Energy Conference

Registration is now open for the 2013 Kansas Energy Conference, which will be held Oct. 1-2 in Manhattan.

WHAT: The Kansas Energy Conference will highlight the latest developments in the renewable energy industry. The... Read on...

Kansas Energy Conference agenda and registration
Posted on: July 30, 2013

Catalyst Artificial Lift announces expansion in Allen County

Catalyst Artificial Lift LLC, a Gainesville, Texas-based manufacturer and wholesaler of oilfield reciprocating rod pumps, announced today the purchase of a 150,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Iola, Kan. The... Read on...

Posted on: July 24, 2013

Commerce announces employer pledge to support hiring veterans

The Kansas Department of Commerce encourages employers to show their support for hiring veterans by signing the “Hire a Veteran” pledge on the new KanVet website at www.KanVet.ks.gov. Employers who sign the pledge agree to... Read on...

View the “Hire a Veteran” pledge
Posted on: July 23, 2013

Heartland Rehabilitation Hospital to open in Overland Park

Post Acute Medical announced today that it plans to build an approximately 54,000 square-foot, 45-bed acute rehabilitation hospital that will serve Overland Park, the greater Kansas City metro area and the region. The new... Read on...

Posted on: July 23, 2013

MarketSphere plans move to Kansas

MarketSphere, a business advisory firm focusing on process, technology and organizational improvement, has announced that it will relocate its Kansas City offices to Overland Park. The office relocation will be effective... Read on...

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,... Read on...

Posted on: July 18, 2013

Rural Opportunity Zones program expands by 23 counties

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) program will expand during Fiscal Year 2014. The expanded program will include 23 additional counties approved to participate in ROZ by... Read on...

Additional information about ROZ
Posted on: July 16, 2013

Kansas improves in CNBC and Pollina business rankings

Kansas is one of the best states for business, according to rankings released in the past week by CNBC and Pollina Corporate Real Estate. In their annual rankings, both CNBC and Pollina Corporate improved the state’s 2013... Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Mazuma Credit Union to build headquarters in Overland Park

Mazuma Credit Union has announced it will build its new corporate headquarters in the Shoppes at Deer Creek Woods on the northwest corner of 135th Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. Mazuma held an official ground... Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

KCSV named the inaugural NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship (E-) Village

NetWork Kansas announced today that Kansas City Startup Village (KCSV) was selected as the first NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship (E-) Village and has been awarded $125,000 in tax credits, enabling the KCSV to raise... Read on...

Posted on: July 9, 2013

Creative Arts Industries Commission announces first grant awards

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) has awarded grants to eight organizations across the state. Grants to the organizations totaled $58,400. Grantees were selected by the advisory board of the CAIC through... Read on...

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... Read on...

Visit the KanVet website
Posted on: June 26, 2013

Department still accepting nominations for outstanding minority and women owned businesses

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

Posted on: June 26, 2013

New DEMDACO distribution center to be built in Edgerton

NorthPoint Development and NAI Capital Realty announced today the execution of a long term lease with DEMDACO for a 326,650 square foot distribution center that will be custom built for the company at Logistics Park Kansas... Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2013

GVL Polymers to open facility in Hesston

GVL Polymers Inc. has announced that it will open a plant in Hesston. The manufacturer of rotational molded, polyethylene parts for agriculture, industrial and commercial industries plans to open a 50,000 square foot... Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2013

Ascension Insurance relocates headquarters to Overland Park

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Ascension Insurance Inc. will relocate its headquarters to Overland Park. A specialized insurance brokerage firm, Ascension plans to create 20 new jobs in Kansas during... Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2013

Gov. Brownback, Secretary George lead successful mission to Paris Air Show

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Commerce Secretary Pat George concluded last week a two-day trip to the 2013 International Paris Air Show to promote the Kansas aviation industry and more investment in the state by... Read on...

Posted on: June 21, 2013

TruHome Solutions announces Lenexa expansion

TruHome Solutions LLC, a national provider of credit union mortgage services, has selected Lenexa as the location of its new operations center. After opening the new location, TruHome plans to create more than 400 jobs in... Read on...

Posted on: June 21, 2013

GE Air Filtration moves to Overland Park

GE Power & Water’s Air Filtration business announced today that it plans to locate its headquarters in Overland Park and create 170 positions there. The move is tentatively scheduled for late August.

“I am excited to... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: June 12, 2013

Gov. Brownback to lead Kansas delegation to the 2013 International Paris Air Show

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Commerce Secretary Pat George will lead a state delegation to the 2013 International Paris Air Show from June 17-23 in France. The state delegation will be joined by representatives from the... Read on...

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... Read on...

More about Governor's Award of Excellence winne
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... Read on...

Posted on: June 6, 2013

ELM Services LLC Expands in Overland Park

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Overland Park Chamber Economic Development Council announced today the expansion of ELM Services LLC in Overland Park. A service provider to the mortgage industry, ELM Services LLC... Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2013

Kansas wins Gold Shovel for economic development, job creation

Area Development, a leading publication covering site selection and facility planning, announced its 2013 Gold and Silver Shovel Awards today, naming Kansas a Gold Shovel recipient. The award recognizes a significant number... Read on...

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... Read on...

MED Week awards nomination forms
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... Read on...

Posted on: May 16, 2013

PQ Corporation announces $120 million expansion at Kansas City site

The Kansas Department of Commerce and PQ Corporation, a leading producer of inorganic specialty performance chemicals and special custom catalysts, have announced that the company will invest $120 million to expand its... Read on...

Posted on: May 16, 2013

Starwood announces new Customer Contact Center in Wichita

The Kansas Department of Commerce, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition announced today that Starwood will open a new Customer Contact Center in Wichita in late 2013... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2013

Hostess announces plans to create more than 300 jobs in Emporia

Hostess Brands LLC, a new company and employer under new ownership, today announced plans to reopen and expand its bakery in Emporia. The company will initially add 250 jobs in Emporia and plans to create a total of more... Read on...

Posted on: April 22, 2013

Google to host classes to help businesses get online

As part of its Kansas Get Your Business Online program, Google will host classes on April 25 at Sporting Park in Kansas City. These classes are designed to help Kansas businesses grow by building a web presence that enables... Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2013

Crown Equipment opens branch in Lenexa

Crown Equipment, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, has announced the opening of a company-owned branch in Lenexa. At its new 70,000-square-foot facility, Crown plans to create 60 new jobs over the next... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2013

New Metal Panel manufacturing plant opens in Kansas City, Kan.

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Metal Panels Inc. (MPI), a manufacturer of metal panels and accessories for the metal roofing and metal building industry, will open a 35,000 square-foot manufacturing... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2013

Overland Park is home to Staples Promotional Products

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Staples will keep its main office for Staples Promotional Products in Overland Park. The company plans to add up to several dozen jobs at the office over the next five... Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2013

Corner Stone Kansas City to open in Overland Park

Corner Stone Kansas City has announced that it will open its headquarters in Overland Park. An insurance agency specializing in serving construction, manufacturing, agricultural and energy clients, Corner Stone plans to... Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2013

SynTech Research to locate facility in Stillwell

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA) announced today that SynTech Research Laboratory Services will open its new contract research organization headquarters in Stillwell and bring 89... Read on...

Posted on: April 3, 2013

Kansas ranks among most friendly states for small business

For the second consecutive year, Kansas has received high marks in Thumbtack.com’s Small Business Survey. Kansas received an overall grade of an “A” for Small Business Friendliness, up from an “A-” in 2012. The grade was the... Read on...

Posted on: April 2, 2013

KCAIC to hold strategic planning public input sessions

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) will host a series of strategic planning public input sessions in April. Input from the public will be used by the KCAIC to help draft strategic plans and to guide... Read on...

Register to attend a KCAIC public input session
Posted on: March 28, 2013

NetWork Kansas awards community economic gardening engagements

NetWork Kansas has awarded Johnson County, the city of Parsons, and the city of Wichita with community-level economic gardening engagements through the statewide Kansas Economic Gardening Network. These community... Read on...

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... Read on...

Nominate a business
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... Read on...

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... Read on...

More information about export programs and events
Posted on: March 11, 2013

Kansas finishes first in region for economic development projects

The state of Kansas has been ranked first in its region for economic development projects in Site Selection magazine’s 2012 rankings. Site Selection, which has compiled annual economic development rankings since 1978, listed... Read on...

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... Read on...

KANSASWORKS Workforce Centers contact info
Posted on: March 4, 2013

PKM Steel Service to create 20 jobs in Salina

PKM Steel Service Inc. is planning a $250,000 capital investment in 2013 that will create 20 full time jobs in Salina, the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce announced. The Kansas company... Read on...

Posted on: February 25, 2013

Assured Vehicle Protection moving to Kansas

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Assured Vehicle Protection Inc., which organizes and manages dealer-owned reinsurance companies, will relocate to Overland Park. At its new facility, the company plans... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: February 15, 2013

Animal health company to expand operations to Kansas

The Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Bioscience Authority and Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation announced today that Midwest Veterinary Services will expand its operations and build the Veterinary and... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2013

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission announces two new programs

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) announces the recent approval of two new programs designed to strengthen an important sector of the Kansas economy and create jobs.

The Creative Economy Project... Read on...

CAIC program info and application guidelines
Posted on: February 11, 2013

D.H. Pace to locate headquarters and local operations in Olathe

The D.H. Pace Company Inc. will locate its corporate headquarters and other operations in Olathe, Kan. The residential and commercial door company plans to bring over 280 jobs to the state over the next five years as a... Read on...

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... Read on...

Nomination Forms
Posted on: February 5, 2013

eLuminate Health opens in Leawood

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that eLuminate Health, a startup healthcare marketplace, is opening its headquarters in Leawood. Located at 11111 Nall Avenue, the company will create 201 jobs in Kansas over... Read on...

Posted on: January 31, 2013

Telamon to open facility in Kansas City

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Telamon Corp. will open an office in Kansas City, Kan. Telamon, which specializes in solutions for telecommunications, business transactions, energy, assembly and... Read on...

Posted on: January 30, 2013

GTM Sportswear unveils new facility in Manhattan

The Kansas Department of Commerce and GTM Sportswear have announced that the company will open a new, state-of-the-art UltraFuse Sublimation Center at the GTM Sportswear Campus in Manhattan, the first of its kind in the... Read on...

Posted on: January 28, 2013

GM invests $600 million in Fairfax plant

The Kansas Department of Commerce and General Motors today announced a $600-million investment by the company in the Fairfax Assembly and Stamping Plant in Kansas City, Kan. The investment includes construction of a new 450... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: January 16, 2013

Excel Linen Supply and Telemark to move to Kansas

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Excel Linen Supply, a provider of linen products and services to the hospitality industry, and Telemark Inc., which delivers management services to Excel Linen, are... Read on...

Posted on: January 15, 2013

Peninsula Polymers announces office relocation

The Kansas Department of Commerce and Peninsula Polymers, a specialty chemical distribution company, announced the expansion and relocation of the firm’s corporate headquarters to 3401 College Blvd., Leawood. At the new... Read on...

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... Read on...

Download a nomination form
Posted on: January 10, 2013

E.C. Manufacturing opening facility in Shawnee

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that E.C. Manufacturing, an advanced manufacturing startup, will open its operations in Shawnee.

“It’s always exciting to see new businesses open their doors, and it’s... Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2013

ElDorado National moves new operations to Kansas

ElDorado National Kansas Inc. has purchased the bus operations of a California company and will move the assets to its Salina facility, the Kansas Department of Commerce and Salina Area Chamber of Commerce announced. The... Read on...

Posted on: December 10, 2012

Health Outcomes Sciences Moves to Overland Park

The Overland Park Chamber Economic Development Council announced today that Health Outcomes Sciences (HOS) will relocate to Overland Park. A healthcare IT firm, Health Outcomes Sciences will locate its offices in the... Read on...

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... Read on...

Sign the Skills Pledge
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... Read on...

Download a nomination form
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... Read on...

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... Read on...

Additional Info...
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... Read on...

Additional Info...
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... Read on...

Additional Info...
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... Read on...

Additional Info...
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... Read on...

Additional Info...
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... Read on...

To register...
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... Read on...

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.... 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)... Read on...

Additional Info...
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... Read on...

Additional Info...
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... Read on...

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... Read on...

Additional Info...
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... 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... Read on...

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... Read on...

Additional Info...
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.... 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... Read on...

Additional Info...
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... 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... Read on...

Additional Info...
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... Read on...

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,... Read on...

Additional Info...
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.

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

Additional Info...
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... Read on...

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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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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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... Read on...

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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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.

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

Additional Info...
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... 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... 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.

“I congratulate... Read on...

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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,... Read on...

Additional Info...
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... 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... Read on...

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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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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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... 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... 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... Read on...

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... 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... 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... Read on...

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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... 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... Read on...

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... 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... Read on...

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Posted on: June 12, 2012

Pitsco, Nex-Tech win recognition as top businesses of the year by Gov. Brownback

Gov. Sam Brownback recognized Nex-Tech of Lenora with the Governor’s Award of Excellence and Pitsco Inc. of Pittsburg with the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award at the annual Kansas Cavalry Encampment at the Kansas State... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... 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... Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2012

Department of Commerce offers two demand occupation certificate programs

In recognition of an expected wave of worker retirements in both the natural gas pipeline industry and the municipal water quality treatment field, the Kansas Department of Commerce is set to offer two demand occupation... Read on...

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... 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... 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. ... 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... 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.... 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... Read on...

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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read on...

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read on...

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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... 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... 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... 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... Read on...

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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... 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... Read on...

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... 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... Read on...

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,... Read on...

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... 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.... 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... 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.... 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... Read on...

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... 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... 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... 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... Read on...

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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... 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... 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... Read on...

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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... 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.

“We are... Read on...

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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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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

“We are... 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... 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... Read on...

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.... 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... 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... Read on...

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... 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... 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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... 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... Read on...

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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... Read on...

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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... 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.

“I’m pleased to have... 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... 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... Read on...

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.

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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... Read on...

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... 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... Read on...

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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... Read on...

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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... 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... Read on...

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... 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,... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... 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... Read on...

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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.

WHAT: The Kansas Energy Conference highlights the latest developments... Read on...

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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... 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... 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... 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... Read on...

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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... Read on...

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... 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... 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.

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

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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.... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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)... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... Read on...

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read on...

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Complete list of winners

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... Read on...

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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... 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... Read on...

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Posted on: May 31, 2011

Partnership encourages Healthy Kansas Vacations

Did you know that simply taking an annual vacation can cut your risk of heart attack significantly? It can. And soon, a unique private/public partnership will help people across our state learn about the many health benefits... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read on...

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Posted on: May 18, 2011

Commerce Secretary Pat George Receives Chen See Volunteer Leadership Award

Dodge City native and Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George has received the Jasper G. Chen See Volunteer Leadership Award from the Richard J. Caron Foundation. The award recognizes individuals who have provided exceptional... Read on...

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Posted on: May 12, 2011

Faces & Places Tour to drive Kansas tourism

State tourism officials and other Kansas travel enthusiasts (a.k.a “roadies”) will travel the state this summer in a “driving billboard” to promote Kansas tourism as part of the recently announced Faces & Places Tour. The... 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... 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... Read on...

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read on...

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... Read on...

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Posted on: March 1, 2011

2011 Kansas Statewide Career Fair set for March 8 in Salina

Job seekers across the state should plan to attend the 2011 Kansas Statewide Career Fair on Tuesday, March 8, in Salina. The career fair, which is free, is sponsored by KANSASWORKS and the Kansas Economic Development... Read on...

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Posted on: February 28, 2011

Travel & Tourism Division announces tourism project awards for Topeka, Wamego

The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Travel & Tourism Division will provide a combined $53,920 in Attraction Development Grant funding to two Kansas organizations to develop tourism projects. The recipients are the Kansas... Read on...

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Posted on: February 25, 2011

Agritourism courses announced for Colby, Garden City

Farmers, business owners and entrepreneurs interested in becoming part of the growing agritourism industry are encouraged to participate in courses sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce Rural Development Division in... 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... 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... 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... Read on...

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Posted on: February 9, 2011

Five Kansas communities awarded $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... 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... Read on...

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Posted on: February 3, 2011

Dodge City native Pat George confirmed as new Kansas Secretary of Commerce

The Kansas Senate confirmed Dodge City native and business entrepreneur Pat George as the state’s new Secretary of Commerce today. George was nominated in December 2010 by Gov. Sam Brownback. George will lead the state’s... Read on...

Posted on: February 3, 2011

Thirty-three Kansas communities to share more than $10 million in federal funds

Thirty-three Kansas communities will share $10,773,943 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant program, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week.

“I am pleased that some very... Read on...

Posted on: January 28, 2011

Cancelled - 2011 Kansas Statewide Job Fair Set for Feb. 1 in Salina

Due to inclement weather, the 2011 Kansas Statewide Career Fair in Salina has been cancelled. Please monitor this site for rescheduling information. For questions regarding the event, please call: (785) 577-4610

Posted on: January 4, 2011

Kansas Trade Director encourages businesses to explore export 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... 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... Read on...

Posted on: November 24, 2010

Governor Parkinson names three to Council on Travel and Tourism

To promote Kansas’ travel and tourism industry, Governor Parkinson has appointed Suzan Barnes, Scott Redler and Don Sayler to the Kansas Council on Travel and Tourism.

“From the beautiful landscape in the Flint Hills to... Read on...

Posted on: November 9, 2010

Draka to locate 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... Read on...

Posted on: November 9, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce, 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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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.... Read on...

Posted on: October 20, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce to host Kansas Broadband Summit in Wichita

WICHITA - The Kansas Department of Commerce will host the Kansas Broadband Summit - a first-of-its-kind gathering of industry, government and civic leaders to discuss Kansas’ broadband Internet landscape - Oct. 24-25 at the... Read on...

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,... Read on...

Posted on: October 12, 2010

Kansas tourism has a $5.46 billion dollar impact, study shows

Travel and tourism has a $5.46 billion dollar impact on the Kansas economy, according to a new Tourism Satellite Account study.

The study was conducted by IHS Global Insight, which is the international standard used to... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: November 15, 2010

Site consultants rank Kansas No. 3 for workforce development programs

Kansas has the No. 3-ranked workforce development programs in the nation, according to an Area Development magazine survey of site location consultants.

Area Development asked a group of highly respected industry... Read on...

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.... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2010

KANSAS! magazine fall edition hits newsstands, mailboxes this week

Looking for a great way to explore Kansas, get some exercise and enjoy the cooler autumn weather? Then grab the fall edition of KANSAS! magazine and check out “Hit the Trails,” a six-page guide to the best trails in Kansas... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2010

Kansas shines in Business Facilities magazine’s 2010 Rankings Report

Kansas has been named a Top 10 state in eight of 20 categories in Business Facilities magazine’s 2010 Rankings Report, officials announced today.

The annual Rankings Report rates the 50 states on their economic... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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.... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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 &... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

Read the full news release and list of winners.
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... Read on...

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.

... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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,... Read on...

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,... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...

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... Read on...



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