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KS Statewide Economic Development Agencies

Kansas Bioscsience Authority
Chad Bettes
Director of Marketing & Communications
25501 West Valley Parkway, Suite 100
Olathe, KS USA 66061
The KBA is a $581 million fund that is advancing Kansas’ national bioscience leadership by building world-class research capacity; fostering the formation and growth of bioscience startups; and facilitating industrial expansion and attraction.

Kansas Department of Commerce
Barbara Hake, CEcD
Business Recruitment Manager
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 100
Topeka, KS USA 66612
The Kansas Chamber of Commerce
Amy J. Blankenbiller
President & CEO
835 SW Topeka Boulevard
Topeka, KS USA 66612-1671

KS Utilities

Black Hills Energy
Gabe Schlickau
Manager, Economic Development, KS
3845 West Harry
Wichita, KS USA 67213-1450

Kansas City Board of Public Utilities
George A. Powell
Director, Economic Development & Retail Services
540 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, KS USA 66101

KS Regional Economic Development Agencies

Southeast Kansas, Inc.
P.O. Box 1262
Pittsburg, KS USA 66762
Western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance (wKREDA)
P.O. Box 980
Hays, KS USA 67601

KS County Economic Development Agencies

GO Topeka Economic Partnership
Dawn Wright
Vice President New Business Attraction
120 SE 6th Avenue, Suite 110
Topeka, KS USA 66603-3515
Topeka/Shawnee County is strategically positioned for success in manufacturing, bioscience, health technology and alternative energy, with an innovative and energetic focus on the future. Our aggressive local incentives, business and school alliances and over 1,100 acres of available land, is just part of what we can offer to help you become our next success story.

Anderson County Development Agency
Dennis Arnold
Executive Director
P.O. Box H, 131 West Fifth Avenue
Garnett, KS USA 66032
Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce
Jacque Pregont
200 South Tenth, P.O. Box 126
Atchison, KS USA 66002
Butler County Economic Development
David Alfaro
121 South Gordy, Suite 102
ElDorado, KS USA 67042
Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation
Joann Knight
Executive Director
311 West Spruce, P.O. Box 818
Dodge City, KS USA 67801
Edwards County Economic Development Corporation
108 East 6th Street, P.O. Box 161
Kinsley, KS USA 67547
Harper County Economic Development
Mike Lanie
700 North LLG, P.O. Box 13
Anthony, KS USA 67003
Harvey County Economic Development Council
Mickey Fornaro-Dean
Executive Director
500 North Main, Suite 109
Newton, KS USA 67114
Hutchinson/Reno County Economic Development Department
Dana Regehr
117 North Walnut, P.O. Box 519
Hutchinson, KS USA 67504-0519
Jefferson County Economic Development Commission
Jim McGrath
P.O. Box 104, 300 Jefferson
Oskaloosa, KS USA 66066
785-863-3072; 800-896-3198
Junction City-Geary County Economic Development
Jennifer Sawyer
Office Manager
701 North Jefferson
Junction City, KS USA 66441
Kingman County Economic Development Council
Jane Wallace
Executive Director
324 North Main Street
Kingman, KS USA 67068
Larned Area Chamber of Commerce & Pawnee County Economic Development Commission
Courtland Holman
Executive Director
502 Broadway
Larned, KS USA 67550
620-285-6916 or 800-747-6919
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce
Beth Johnson
Vice President, Economic Development
734 Vermont Avenue, Suite 101
Lawrence, KS USA 66044-0568
Leavenworth County Development Corporation
Steve Jack
Executive Director
1294 Eisenhower Road
Leavenworth, KS USA 66048
913-727-6111 203
Marshall County Economic Development Office
George McCune
1201 Broadway, P.O. Box 391
Marysville, KS USA 66508
Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce
Rob Johnson
President & CEO
5800 Foxridge Drive, Suite 100
Mission, KS USA 66202
Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation
Robert L. Cole
1004 Lincoln, P.O. Box 288
Wamego, KS USA 66547
Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas
Kent Heermann CEcD
719 Commercial Street, P.O. Box 703
Emporia, KS USA 66801
620-342-1600 16
Republic County Economic Development Corporation
Jenny Russell
1819 L Street, P.O. Box 178
Belleville, KS USA 66935
Sedgwick County
Irene Hart
Director, Community Development
510 North Main, Room 602
Wichita, KS USA 67203
Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation
Tom Riederer
P.O. Box 456
Gardner, KS USA 66030
Wyandotte Economic Development Council
Brent Miles
P.O. Box 171337
Kansas City, KS USA 66117

KS City Economic Development Agencies

Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition
Vicki Pratt Gerbino
350 West Douglas
Wichita, KS USA 67202
The south-central Kansas region is known for its strong concentration of aerospace & composites manufacturing, however the overall economy contains a diverse mix of industries providing a wide variety of products and services to global markets.

City of Leavenworth
Andrea Adkins
Economic Development Director
100 North 5th Street
Leavenworth, KS USA 66048-1970
City of Pittsburg
Mark Turnbull
Director of Economic Development
201 West 4th Street, P.O. Box 688
Pittsburg, KS USA 66762
Lenexa Chamber of Commerce
Blake Schreck, CED
President & Economic Development Director
11180 Lackman Road
Lenexa, KS USA 66219
Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce
John Pagen
Economic Development Director
501 Poyntz Avenue
Manhattan, KS USA 66502
Olathe Chamber of Commerce
Tim McKee
Executive Vice President, Economic Development
18001 West 106 Street, Suite 160, P.O. Box 98
Olathe, KS USA 66051
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce
Tom Weigand
President & CEO
109 East Second Street, P.O. Box 580
Ottawa, KS USA 66067
Overland Park Economic Development Council
Lavern Squier
Senior Vice President
9001 West 110th Street, Suite 150
Overland Park, KS USA 66210
Pratt Area Economic Development Corporation
Jan Scarbrough
Executive Director
Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 North Main
Pratt, KS USA 67124
620-672-5501 or 888-886-1164
Salina Area Chamber of Commerce
Dennis Lauver
President & CEO
120 West Ash Street, P.O. Box 586
Salina, KS USA 67401
Shawnee Economic Development Council
Andrew Nave, CEcD
Executive Director
15100 West 67th Street, Suite 202
Shawnee, KS USA 66217-9344
Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce
Ann Jensen
Executive Director
613 South Race, P.O. Box 15
Spring Hill, KS USA 66083
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Kansas State Incentives

The PROMOTING EMPLOYMENT ACROSS KANSAS (PEAK) program offers qualified companies the ability to retain 95 percent of their payroll withholding tax for up to five to seven years. PEAK is available to new operations in Kansas as well as relocated operations to the state. In 2013, it will be available for qualifying business retention projects as well. Companies need to create at least 10 new jobs within two years in metropolitan areas or five new jobs within two years in all other counties of the state. High-impact projects that create 100 new jobs within two years can retain 95 percent of payroll withholding tax for up to seven to 10 years. The number of years that the withholding tax can be retained depends on how much the annual median or average wage of the jobs at the Kansas worksite will exceed the current county median wage and the discretion of the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce.

The HIGH PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE PROGRAM (HPIP) provides a 10 percent corporate income tax credit on the qualified capital investment of an eligible company. Qualified capital investment can include such items as the purchase or lease of a facility or equipment, remodeling or build-out costs, fixtures, furniture and computers. Equipment transferred to Kansas from out-of-state is also credited at the original acquisition cost. The 10 percent tax credit is awarded to companies that operate an eligible business, pay above-average wages and invest in employee training. The credits can be used to significantly reduce a company’s corporate income tax liability in a given year. Credits must be used within a consecutive 16 year period. The minimum investment threshold to qualify for HPIP is $1.0M for urban counties of Douglas, Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte. For all other counties, the minimum investment threshold is $50,000.

MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT EXPENSING DEDUCTION: Effective January 1, 2012, Kansas taxpayers will be allowed to claim an expense deduction for business machinery and equipment, placed in service in Kansas during the tax year. The one-time deduction is allowed for each qualified purchase of machinery and equipment in the year that it is placed in service. The expensing deduction is representative of the difference between the cost of the item and the present value of the stream of depreciation deductions allowed under normal federal depreciation rules. Any unused expense deduction may be carried forward until fully claimed in future years. If the property is relocated outside Kansas or disposed of before the end of its federal depreciable life, the amount of the tax liability relieved by the deduction may be subject to repayment.

MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION: Commercial and industrial machinery and equipment acquired by qualified purchase or lease or transferred into the state is exempt from state and local property tax. The exemption pertains to machinery and equipment used in the expansion of an existing facility or the establishment of a new facility. The exemption covers machinery and equipment used in manufacturing or warehousing/distribution, commercial equipment, computers, desks and chairs, copiers and fax machines.

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT: Cities or counties may exempt real property from ad valorem taxation. The tax abatement can include all or any portion of the appraised buildings, land and improvements. A total or partial tax abatement may be in effect for up to 10 years after the calendar year in which the business commences its operations. Any property tax abatement is the decision of the city or county.

The RURAL OPPORTUNITY ZONES PROGRAM (ROZ) is designed to reverse dramatic population declines over the past decade in rural areas of Kansas. The program is to spur economic development in and expand job growth in 50 counties around the state. The program has two main incentives:

  • A state income tax exemption for up to five years to individuals who move to a ROZs county from outside the state. Individuals must not have lived in Kansas for the past five years, nor have Kansas source income of more than $10,000 per year over the past five years.
  • Student loan forgiveness of up to $3,000 per year ($15,000 maximum benefit) for individuals who graduate from an accredited post-secondary institution and move to a ROZs county. The student loan forgiveness portion of the program is a county-state partnership, and counties must opt in to participate.

WIND AND SOLAR BOND FINANCING: This allows for up to $5 million in bond financing per project for eligible wind and solar energy manufacturers. The bonds are paid off from the payroll withholding tax of the new jobs. To qualify, a project must create at least 200 new jobs within five years, pay at least a $32,500 average salary and generate a minimum capital investment of $30 million.

KANSAS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY INITIATIVES FUND: The Department of Commerce can provide a zero-percent interest forgivable loan to qualified companies. This loan can offset costs associated with the establishment of a new facility or the expansion of an existing facility. Eligible costs include site improvements, construction, build-out and purchases and relocation of machinery and equipment. The loan is forgiven in 20 percent annual increments over a five-year period based on meeting the job and payroll targets. Approval of funding for this program is based on the number of new jobs created, the level of wages paid to the new employees and the economic impact of the project.

INDUSTRIAL REVENUE BONDS (IRBs): A method of financing up to 100 percent of a growing business’ land, building and equipment. They are securities issued by cities and counties to provide funds for creditworthy companies to acquire land, construct and equip new facilities or remodel and expand existing facilities. IRBs allow fixed-rate financing for the life of the bond for the project.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG): Eligible small city and county governments may apply for funds to make water, sewer, rail spur, roadway or other infrastructure improvements designed to assist companies in creating jobs. These funds may also be used by a business to acquire land or buildings, construct or renovate facilities, purchase machinery and equipment or for working capital. Companies can apply for up to $35,000 per job created with a maximum limit of $750,000. At least 51 percent of the jobs created with CDBG funding must be held by individuals who, at the time of hire, meet the low to moderate income guidelines for the county location. Infrastructure funding requires that half of the funding be paid back over a 10-year period at a rate of 2 percent. Financing for working capital, equipment and real property carries a fixed rate equal to four percent or 3 percent below prime, whichever is greater, set on the award date. The term of the loan depends on the type of assets being financed: working capital up to five years, equipment up to 10 years and real property up to 15 years.

PARTNERSHIP FUND: Low-interest state funds are provided to cities and counties for infrastructure improvements that support Kansas’ basic enterprises such as manufacturing and distribution. Eligible projects may include construction, rehabilitation or expansion of public facilities, including roads, streets, highways, water supply and treatment facilities, water distribution lines, wastewater collection lines and related improvements.

KANSAS BIOSCIENCE AUTHORITY (KBA): Commerce works in partnership with the Kansas Bioscience Authority to assist in the expansion and recruitment of bioscience companies. The KBA has direct financing programs and other resources that can be used to recruit new bioscience companies and world-class scholars, fund equipment and lab space for research and facilitate the commercialization of bioscience discoveries.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS: The Department of Commerce has two programs to offset a company’s training costs. Companies creating new jobs may qualify for KANSAS INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (KIT) assistance. Eligibility for either program depends on the number of jobs created and the corresponding wages. There is also the KANSAS INDUSTRIAL RETRAINING (KIR) PROGRAM to retrain a Kansas company’s existing workforce on new technology or production activities. Projects involving a Kansas Basic Industry—which includes manufacturing, distribution or regional/national service facilities—may qualify for these programs. Both programs offer direct financial assistance to pay a negotiated portion of the costs to train a company’s employees. Companies may apply the assistance toward items such as instructors’ salaries; meals, travel and lodging (including out-of-state or international travel); video development; textbooks and training manuals; supplies and materials; temporary training facilities and curriculum planning and development.

SALES TAX EXEMPTIONS: Those available include:

  • Labor services related to original construction
  • Remodeling costs, furnishings, furniture, machinery and equipment for qualified projects
  • New machinery and equipment for manufacturing and distribution. This also includes pre- and post-production machinery and equipment, including raw material handling, waste storage, water purification and oil cleaning, as well as ancillary property such as gas pipes, electrical wiring and pollution control equipment
  • Tangible personal property that becomes an ingredient or component part of a finished product
  • Tangible personal property that is immediately consumed in the production process, including electric power, natural gas and water
  • Incoming and outgoing interstate telephone or transmission services (WATTS)
  • Real and personal property financed with an Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB)

INVENTORY TAX EXEMPTION: All merchant and manufacturers’ inventories are exempt from property taxes.

RESEARCH TAX CREDIT: An income tax credit equal to 6.5 percent of a company’s investment in research and development above an expenditure of the previous three-year period. 25 percent of the allowable annual credit may be claimed in any one year.

KANSAS RETAIL DEALERS INCENTIVE FUND: Created for the payment of incentives to Kansas retail dealers who sell and dispense renewable fuels or biodiesel through a motor fuel pump. This incentive is currently not funded for fiscal years 2011 and 2012, pursuant to the 2010 Senate Bill 527. The provisions of the Kansas Retail Dealers Incentive Fund shall expire on January 1, 2026.

EFFICIENCY KANSAS: A low-cost loan program that helps make energy-efficiency improvements to small businesses. It connects businesses to qualified energy auditors who will pinpoint the uses (and loses) of energy and give a custom plan to make it more energy efficient. It also provides access to low-cost financing through participating lenders or utilities.


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