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Posted on: December 17, 2018

Park Aerospace Plans $19M Expansion in Newton, Kansas

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Topeka, KAN – Park Aerospace Technologies Corp. announced today that it will be undergoing a massive expansion in Kansas.

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Posted on: December 17, 2018

Governor Colyer to Make Major Jobs Announcement at Spirit AeroSystems

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WHO: Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. and Tom Gentile, CEO of Spirit AeroSystems.

WHAT: Governor Jeff Colyer will make a major jobs announcement at Spirit AeroSystems. The announcement comes after the company added 1,000 jobs last year.

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Posted on: December 6, 2018

Kansas Department of Commerce Announces the National Career Development Poetry & Art Contest

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The Kansas Department of Commerce is partnering with the National Career Development Association (NCDA) to participate in the 53rd NCDA Annual Poetry and Art Contest.

The contest theme is "Using Careers to Break Barriers, Empower Lives & Achieve E...

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Posted on: November 27, 2018

Collaboration Drives Company Growth at Fagron Sterile Services/JCB Laboratories

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WICHITA, KS (November 27, 2018) – Fagron Sterile Services/JCB Laboratories (FSS/JCB), a leading FDA Registered 503B Outsourcing Facility and a national supplier of compounded sterile preparations, announced plans to expand the company in collabo...

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Posted on: November 9, 2018

eNGines-LPG to Locate in Hutchinson

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Hutchinson, Kansas (November 8, 2018) – eNGines-LPG, LLC announced today their plans to begin operations at the former bakery facility at 120 E 3rd Avenue in Hutchinson, Kansas. eNGines-LPG is a family-owned and operated industrial engine distributor and ...

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Posted on: November 6, 2018

Department of Commerce Accepting Nominations for 2019 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award

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Kansas businesses are a global force, with goods and services being sought from Kansas internationally.  The annual Kansas Governor's Exporter of the Year Award proudly celebrates the outstanding Kansas companies that excel in exporting and build...

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Posted on: November 6, 2018

Hutchinson to Receive $250,000 in Community Development Block Grant

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TOPEKA – The city of Hutchinson will receive a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Kansas Department of Commerce to improve the former Stevens Building. The grant funds are part of the CDBG funding the State receives from the U.S. D...

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Posted on: October 18, 2018

Kansas Opportunity Zone Forum Taking Place on Oct. 25

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce will host a community forum for Opportunity Zones from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25th, at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas. 

Opportunity Zones are part of a federally-led tax incenti...

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

Governor Colyer visited Exporter of Year Winner Shor-Line on Oct. 15

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Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., toured the Kansas City, Kansas headquarters of Schroer Manufacturing Company (“Shor-Line”) on October 15th. Shor-Line is the winner of the 2018 Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which i...

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

Governor Colyer Proclaims Date for Kansas Apprenticeship Week

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TOPEKA – The week of November 12-16 has been named Apprenticeship Week in the State of Kansas. This is being done to recognize the value and importance of the statewide Registered Apprenticeship Program in meeting the workforce needs of Kansas employers. ...

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Posted on: October 10, 2018

Job Fair Brings Companies and Job Candidates Together

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Southeast KANSASWORKS and its partners, KANSASWORKS, Northeast Oklahoma Works, Montgomery County Action Council, and Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce will host the “Fall Into Your Perfect Career” job fair being held on Thursday, No...

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Posted on: October 8, 2018

New KANSASWORKS App Launches Today

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TOPEKA – To better assist job seekers with finding great employment in Kansas, the Kansas Department of Commerce and KANSASWORKS are pleased to introduce the new KANSASWORKS app, available today on both Apple and Android devices. 

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Posted on: October 8, 2018

Minority Enterprise Development Week Starts Today

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TOPEKA – Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., has proclaimed the week of October 7 – 13 as “Minority Enterprise Development Week.” The week will serve as a reminder of the many contributions and achievements of minority- and...

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Posted on: October 1, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Kansas Agencies with $1.88 Million Grant

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Susan B. Allen Hospital System in Butler County, has been awarded nearly $1.88 M...

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Posted on: September 24, 2018

Manufacturing Summit A Huge Success for Manufacturers in Kansas

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TOPEKA – More than one hundred manufacturing professionals from across the state came together to hear advice from industry leaders, network, and learn about the newest innovations in Kansas manufacturing at an event held by the Department of Co...

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Posted on: September 20, 2018

Kansas Awarded $200,000 in Grant Funding to Expand Exports

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Department of Agriculture have been chosen by the U.S. Small Business Administration as recipients of SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), which will be used to provide m...

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Overstock.com Announces New Kansas City Distribution Center

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

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Posted on: September 12, 2018

The Kansas Department of Commerce Announces Plans for 2018 Energy Conference

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

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

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Posted on: September 6, 2018

Community Service Tax Credits awarded to 16 nonprofits

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

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Posted on: August 21, 2018

Registration Opens for 2018 Kansas Governor’s Energy Conference

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

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

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Posted on: August 16, 2018

Manufacturing Summit coming to Wichita

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

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Posted on: August 13, 2018

Turn5 Selects Kansas City Area for New eCommerce Fulfillment Center

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

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Posted on: August 10, 2018

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

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

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

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Posted on: August 7, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: August 3, 2018

Governor’s Office Receives Grant for Statewide Broadband Mapping Project

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

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Convey Health Solutions Announces New Distribution Facility in Kansas City Region

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

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Posted on: July 31, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: July 27, 2018

New Directions Behavioral Health moves to Sprint campus in Overland Park

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

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Posted on: July 19, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

Announcing plans for first annual Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Conference

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

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces Grants

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

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

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Posted on: July 12, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: July 12, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: July 9, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: June 26, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: June 21, 2018

Kiewit Breaks Ground on New Campus in Lenexa City Center

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

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Posted on: June 21, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

Camso Selects Kansas for new Manufacturing Operations

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

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Posted on: June 19, 2018

GEICO announces new service center in KC region

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

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Posted on: June 18, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: June 14, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: June 15, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: June 6, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: June 5, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: June 4, 2018

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

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

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

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Posted on: June 4, 2018

PRA Health Sciences announces major expansion plans in Lenexa, Kansas

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

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

Governor Colyer proclaims June as Business Appreciation Month

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

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Posted on: May 31, 2018

Vituity Selects Kansas City Area for New System Support Center

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

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Posted on: May 24, 2018

Finalists announced for Governor's Exporter of the Year award

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

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

Kansas Department of Commerce announces leadership changes

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

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: May 7, 2018

National Economic Development Week – May 7 - 12

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

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Posted on: April 26, 2018

Public Restroom Company to Locate in Hutchinson

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

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Innovative Online Tool Guides Kansas Job Seekers

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

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

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Posted on: April 11, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: April 10, 2018

Flow International to relocate manufacturing and operations to Baxter Springs

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

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Posted on: March 21, 2018

Governor Colyer announces communities to be designated as Opportunity Zones

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

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Posted on: April 2, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: March 29, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission adds six artists to Touring Roster

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

“The Kansas Touring Roster represents the best in Kansas ar...

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Posted on: March 28, 2018

PBI-Gordon Relocating Corporate Headquarters to Shawnee, Kansas

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

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

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Posted on: March 27, 2018

Service Master DSI Selects Shawnee Kansas for Headquarters Offices

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

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Posted on: March 27, 2018

Employers lining up for upcoming technology job fair

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

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Posted on: March 26, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: March 19, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: March 2, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: February 28, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: February 20, 2018

Kansas communities may apply now for designation as an Opportunity Zone

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

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Posted on: February 13, 2018

Kansas Commerce now accepting nominations for Business Appreciation Month awards

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

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Posted on: February 8, 2018

Kansas Commerce now accepting applications for Kansas Angels business investment program

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

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

HCA Midwest Health Division Office Chooses Overland Park for New Headquarters

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

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Posted on: February 6, 2018

Announcing plans for 2018 Rural Opportunities Conference

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

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Posted on: February 5, 2018

Kansas Commerce announces plans for 2018 International Trade Day Conference

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

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Posted on: January 25, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces 2018 Tallgrass Artist Residency

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

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Posted on: January 24, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: January 23, 2018

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

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

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

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Posted on: January 19, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: January 16, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: January 10, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: December 28, 2017

Nick Jordan to continue in role as Interim Commerce Secretary

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

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Posted on: December 20, 2017

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

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

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Posted on: February 28, 2017

2017 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair

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

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Posted on: February 28, 2017

Kansas Commerce Announces Global Manufacturing Summit

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

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

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

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

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces Tallgrass Artist Residency

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

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

2017 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair

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

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

Community Development Block Grants Awarded for Community Facilities Projects

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

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

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

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

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

Community Development Block Grants Awarded for Housing Rehabilitation and Demolition

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

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Posted on: January 4, 2017

Kansas: A Thriving Community of Life Scientists

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

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Posted on: December 29, 2016

Healing Technology Engineered in Kansas

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

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Posted on: December 21, 2016

Made in Kansas The Heart of America

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

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

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Posted on: December 20, 2016

Black & Veatch Providing Excellence in Engineering

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

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

Kansas Spotlight: MSI Automation

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

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Posted on: December 8, 2016

Kansas Engineering: A Sophisticated Design

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

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurs Takes Off

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

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

Angel Tax Credits Help Ensure Success of Kansas Businesses

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

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Posted on: November 17, 2016

Get Ready Challenge Fosters Entrepreneurship in Local High School Students.

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

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Posted on: November 10, 2016

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

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

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Posted on: October 25, 2016

Kansas Commerce introduces JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneur

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

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

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

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

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Commerce Accepting Applications for Export Programs and Funding

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

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Kansas Commerce and Partners to Announce New Program

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

Triumph Opens Factory in Kansas

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

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Posted on: September 26, 2016

Kansas Energy Conference Has Successful Year

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

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

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Posted on: September 26, 2016

Expo for Hispanic small business owners

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

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Posted on: September 26, 2016

Commerce to host Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon

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

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

2016 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair

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

The Kansas Department of Commerce will host the 2016 KANSASWORKS Sta...Read on...

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Posted on: August 18, 2016

Kansas Global Signs Export Promotion Contracts

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

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

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Posted on: August 16, 2016

Early Bird Registration Deadline Approaching for 2016 Kansas Energy Conference

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

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Posted on: July 29, 2016

Registration Opens for 2016 Kansas Energy Conference

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

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

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Posted on: July 25, 2016

Community Service Tax Credit Program awards announced

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

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Posted on: July 23, 2016

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

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

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Posted on: July 11, 2016

Amazon to Open New Sunflower State Fulfillment Center in Kansas City

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

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Posted on: July 7, 2016

New Workforce AID program launching at Manhattan Area Technical College

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

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Posted on: July 5, 2016

Commerce accepting nominations for Minority Enterprise Development Week awards

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

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

CivicPlus, GT Manufacturing win top Business Appreciation Month awards

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

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

Kansas Commerce announces award of Economic Development grant

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

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

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

2016 Kansas International Trade Day

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

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

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Posted on: May 24, 2016

Cargill Protein Headquarters to remain in Kansas

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

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Posted on: May 19, 2016

2016 Business Appreciation Month Winners Announced

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

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Posted on: May 19, 2016

2016 Business Appreciation Month Winners Announced

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

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Posted on: May 19, 2016

Inaugural Artist INC program in Kansas Concludes

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

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Posted on: April 13, 2016

DH Pace Corporate Headquarters Expands Facility in Olathe, Kansas

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

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Posted on: April 12, 2016

KU Startup School Equips Faculty and Students for Entrepreneurships

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

Sta...Read on...

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Posted on: April 5, 2016

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman to Visit Kansas

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

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Posted on: March 31, 2016

Kansas ranked highly in 2015 Governor’s Cup

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

“Kansas’ top ranked p...Read on...

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Amazon announces plans to bring 1,000 jobs to Kansas

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

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Kansas Rural Opportunities Conference Apr. 5th & 6th

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

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

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Kansas City ranked 7th for Women-Owned Business

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

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

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Kansas Commerce announces Manhattan Tech to offer IT Service Management Training

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

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

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

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

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

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Kansas awarded $3 million for Health Profession Opportunity Project

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

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Cowley Community College gears up to offer training

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

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Figeac-Aéro breaks ground on North American headquarters in Wichita

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

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Kansas ranked fifth Pro-Business State in the nation

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

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

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

New Workforce AID program launching at Washburn Tech

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

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Sizewise Worldwide moves global headquarters to Kansas

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

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