Welcome to the weekly update from the Office of Governor Laura Kelly.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 5, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly Announces New Office of Broadband Development, Nearly $50 Million in Broadband Expansion Grants

 

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  • “Broadband access has been an overlooked problem in Kansas and across the country for years, particularly in our rural and vulnerable communities. The new Office of Broadband Development and Connectivity Emergency Response Grant funds mark a significant step forward in my administration’s commitment to achieving the universal broadband coverage that will make our state’s communities competitive economically, healthier, and improve educational access.”

Press:

Kansas Reflector

The Wichita Eagle

The Topeka Capital-Journal

KSN

High Plains Journal

Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas to Receive 870,000 New COVID-19 Test Kits, Strengthen Unified Testing Strategy

 

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  • “As we implement our unified testing strategy, these newly-available tests will support our efforts to protect Kansans in nursing homes, schools, and correctional facilities from the ongoing spread of COVID-19. ”

Press:

The Kansas City Star

            Kansas Reflector 

KSN

WIBW

Governor Kelly Announces $5 Million in Grants for Short Line Rail Improvements to Promote Economic Growth Opportunities Statewide, Create Jobs

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  • “These investments – made possible through a new short-line rail program created under the bipartisan, 10-year Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program, or IKE – will not only improve our state’s rail infrastructure, but they will also be a valuable tool in my administration’s efforts to create economic development opportunities and keep Kansas on the path to prosperity.”  

Press:

The Topeka Capital-Journal

WIBW

Governor Kelly Celebrates Increased Access to Flint Hills Trail in Osawatomie, Recognizes Importance of Outdoor Recreation for Economic Development

 

Read the Press Release Here

  • “Public access to trails, parks, and other greenspaces plays a key role in growing economic development opportunities, promoting healthier lifestyles, and improving quality-of-life for Kansans statewide. I commend the City of Osawatomie and the local Flint Hills Trail Taskforce for their work to boost visitor turnout at trails and other greenspaces in their community.” 

Press:

Miami County Republic

Salina Post

WIBW

Governor Kelly, State Finance Council Ensure Continuation of Critical Resources, Support Through Disaster Declaration Extension


Listen
to the Meeting Here

  • “The Disaster Declaration extension allows Kansas to continue providing critical services such as community-based testing, food assistance, and Personal Protective Equipment for health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. I appreciate the State Finance Council for voting in favor of the extension to allow the Kansas Department of Emergency Management and the Adjutant General’s Department to keep helping those who need it most.”

Press:

Kansas Reflector

            WIBW

The Topeka Capital-Journal

ICYMI

WIBW

KCUR

KSN

Kansas Reflector

The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Topeka Capital-Journal