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Kelly Economy Continues to Surge, Surpassing $9 Billion Invested Since Taking Office

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In just three years since taking office, Kansas has attracted more than $9 billion in new investments by businesses under Gov. Laura Kelly’s leadership.

“Our track record of fully funding schools, investing in infrastructure, and expanding broadband access has resulted in more businesses choosing to call Kansas home,” Kelly said. “Here’s what this new, $9 billion milestone means for Kansans: More jobs, stronger communities, and greater opportunity.”

The impressive investment announcement comes on the heels of Gov. Kelly’s announcement that Kansas was awarded the prestigious Gold Shovel award for economic development — for the second year in a row.

“Thanks to Gov. Kelly, Kansas has a balanced budget, fully funded schools, lower taxes, and a surge in new investments from businesses,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director Sam Newton. “After years of economic failures under Sam Brownback and Derek Schmidt, Gov. Kelly’s strong leadership is giving Kansas’ economy a long-overdue jump-start.” 

Read more about how Kansas’ economy is surging under Gov. Kelly:

WIBW: More than $9 billion invested in Kansas in just over 3 years 

  • “More than $9 billion has been invested in the Sunflower State by private sector businesses since January of 2019.”
  • “Gov. Kelly noted that the Kansas Department of Commerce – led by Lieutenant Gov. David Toland – has closed on 658 economic development projects which have created or retained more than 43,500 jobs throughout the state.”
  • “Kelly noted that the announcement follows a string of economic development wins for the state. Earlier in June, she said Kansas won the prestigious Gold Shovel Award for the second year in a row for its excellence in attracting high-value investment projects which create a significant number of new jobs.”
  • “In March, Kelly also said Kansas won the Governor’s Cup as the state with the most economic development investments per capita in the nation. She said in April, Scorpion Biological Service invested $650 million in a new biomanufacturing facility in Manhattan.”
  • “Kelly also said the Scorpion investment will bring 500 high-paying jobs to the area.”
  • “‘Governor Kelly has made economic development a priority for all areas of the state,’ said Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland. ‘So, passing the $9 billion mark is not surprising. Companies large and small recognize Kansas as a winning investment – and the success stories just keep accumulating.’”