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PEAK Applications received on or after October 1, 2016 will require a non-refundable $750 fee to complete the application. The fee may be paid by either: 1) mailing a check to the Kansas Department of Commerce; or 2) paid online using ACH/debit/credit card.
The creation of the Promoting Employment Across Kansas (PEAK) Act, K.S.A. 2015 Supp. 74-50,210 through 74-50,219, was passed by the 2009 Kansas Legislature. PEAK is intended to encourage economic development in Kansas by incenting companies to relocate, locate or expand business operations and jobs in Kansas. The Secretary of Commerce has discretion to approve applications of qualified companies and determine the PEAK benefit. During the benefit term, participating PEAK companies may receive 95 percent (95%) of the Kansas withholding tax of PEAK-Eligible employees/jobs that are paid at or above the county median wage where the PEAK business facility is located. Depending on the number of PEAK jobs/employees to be hired over a five-year period and their wage levels, the Secretary can approve a PEAK benefit for up to 10 years.
PEAK requires the qualified company to commit to creating five new jobs in non-metropolitan counties or ten (10) new jobs in the metropolitan counties of Shawnee, Douglas, Wyandotte, Johnson, Leavenworth and Sedgwick within a two-year period. The qualified company must also pay wages to the PEAK jobs/employees, that when aggregated, meet or exceed the county median wage or North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) average wage for their industry. Qualified applicants include for-profit companies in eligible NAICS codes and not-for-profit headquarters facilities. Such companies must make available to its full-time employees “adequate” health insurance coverage (see PEAK Guidelines and Application Definitions) and be paying at least 50% of the premium.
Companies must work with a Commerce regional project manager to apply to the PEAK program. Applications are accepted throughout the year and must be received prior to hiring PEAK jobs/employees and within 180 days of acknowledgement that the project will be located in Kansas.
Site location consultants and companies outside Kansas that are locating new operations should contact Steve Kelly, Deputy Secretary, at (785) 296-5298.
Existing Kansas companies that are expanding operations need to work with a Regional Project Manager for application process. Click here for map to locate your Regional Project Manager.
General PEAK questions may be directed to Darla Price, PEAK Program Manager, at (785) 296-1868.