Hodgeman County holds Maker Camp

Friday, June 29, 2018

Twenty-seven students between the 2nd and 6th grade took part in the first-ever Hodgeman County Maker’s Camp last week.  It was a fun learning event that was created to expose kids (and their parents) to 3D Printing, Coding, Podcasting and Entrepreneurship.  “I really hope that we can continue the program in some form, whether it be in the same camp-format…or perhaps in shorter, one day events offered on Teacher In-service Days, or Holiday Breaks” said Lea Ann Seiler, Hodgeman County Economic Development.  “We had great instructors who gave a solid introduction to the kids…and I think the kids have a real...
Pinky's to open in Downtown Garden City

Friday, June 29, 2018

This story was written by SCOTT AUST, FCEDC Director of Communications Pinky’s Grilled Cheestro is set to open in downtown Garden City this month and owners Jose and Candice Rodriguez couldn’t be more excited to return home. Both grew up here, and have long made it a goal to return. Most recently, the couple lived in Ashland and based their mobile food truck there. “It was time. I felt like God was calling us back home,” Candice said. “To further understand that, to us, Pinky’s is more than just a food truck,” Jose said. “To us, Pinky’s is a ministry. All the people’s lives that...
Scott County is Growing at Just the Right Pace

Friday, June 29, 2018

Scott County is small but mighty.  This is an excellent place to raise a family, start a business, or build a career.  A cohesive, action-oriented community, the people of Scott City work together to tackle challenges, make improvements, and ultimately create a better place to live. Growing the Scott City Way While a hasty, large scale population increase can not only disrupt a community’s culture but also lead to an unbalanced local economy, Scott City’s approach has been focused on a moderate and controlled growth.  This long-term perspective has served our community well. While members of Scott City consistently have arms open...
Wind Energy market continues growing at phenomenal pace in Kansas

Monday, May 28, 2018

Kansas continues to move forward as a leader in wind energy. The Kansas Department of Commerce is highlighting three recently signed agreements with energy companies which will increase wind energy output by over 700 megawatts. Great Plains Energy Adds Two New Kansas Wind Facilities Great Plains Energy recently announced plans to increase its renewable energy portfolio with the signing of two power purchase agreements (PPA) for an additional 444 megawatts (MW) of power from two new wind facilities owned by both EDP Renewables and NextEra Energy Resources in Kansas. That’s enough energy to power more than 160,000 homes. Once complete, these agreements will...
New website can help those looking for jobs

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) - Governor Jeff Colyer said people looking for jobs can soon find them all in one place and with the click of a mouse. Gov. Colyer said the new Kansas Career Navigator website gives people real-time access to high-demand, high-paying jobs available locally and across the state. "We have over 50,000 open jobs and in our situation, we have jobs looking for people," said Gov. Colyer. "And the Kansas Career Navigator is going to help match those jobs with qualified Kansas workers." The jobs in highest demand are accountants, registered nurses and sales representatives.  Continue to full article. 
Kansas Launches “My (Re)Employment Plan” Workforce Program to Improve Services for Job Seekers

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

In an effort to match unemployed job seekers with Kansas employers looking to hire workers, Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., is proud to announce that the State of Kansas has launched “My (Re)Employment Plan,” a program that blends enhanced workforce services with personal responsibility to get Kansans back to work faster. The collaboration between the Kansas Department of Labor, Kansas Department of Commerce and the KANSASWORKS Workforce System will provide enhanced reemployment services to Kansans who are unemployed and looking for work. The program, called “My (Re)Employment Plan” connects unemployment recipients with workforce service professionals in their area. Unemployed Kansans who are receiving...
Governor Colyer announces communities to be designated as Opportunity Zones

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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. Opportunity Zones are a new economic development tool enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 designed to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities. Based upon the number of low-income communities identified by the Federal Census, the Governor may nominate up to 74 census tracts in Kansas for designation as Opportunity Zones. Continue to full article. 
New KSapprenticeship.org website connects job seekers with companies offering apprenticeships

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

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. KSapprenticeship.org offers easy-to-follow navigation for both job seekers and businesses, enabling both to better leverage the resources available to connect employers with potential apprentices. “The new KSapprenticeship.org site is a powerful tool to help meet the rising needs of Kansas industry for a workforce trained on the latest in advanced technology and equipment,” says Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D.. “The Registered Apprenticeship program in our state is invaluable...
Innovative Online Tool Guides Kansas Job Seekers

Thursday, May 03, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – An innovative online tool created and launched by Kansas labor and commerce officials aims to get Kansans to work in the highest paying and most in-demand jobs. From accountants to nurses to aerospace engineers—the Kansas Career Navigator (www.kscareernav.gov) gives Kansans real-time access to the latest high-demand and high-wage occupation opportunities locally and across the state. The intuitive dashboard is an excellent resource for individuals looking for employment in Kansas. In addition to the job postings, the Navigator also identifies the training programs available in the region giving students, teachers, parents and others a clear path to success in the...
Governor’s Exporter of the Year award to celebrate its 30th anniversary

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

TOPEKA – Kansas International Trade Day will be held June 5, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Lawrence DoubleTree Hotel.  The conference will feature speakers from business and government with sessions designed to help Kansas businesses start exporting or grow existing international sales.  The day-long event will be followed by the Team Kansas Award Banquet where the 2018 Governor’s Exporter of the Year will be announced.  The Governor’s Exporter of the Year award is presented annually to a single Kansas company in recognition of its excellent performance in international trade and its outstanding international marketing. This year marks the 30th anniversary of...