Economic development

Entering its third year, Final Fridays is a bigger draw than ever
September 27, 2013
Final Fridays, which celebrated its third anniversary last month, has grown into a buzzworthy monthly event for downtown Lawrence. Organizers hope the momentum will continue, boosting exposure for local artists plus increasing the kind of vibrancy that attracts visitors and new residents to town. By Sara Shepherd
Report questions the effectiveness of tax incentives given by states to lure businesses
September 23, 2013
States are spending billions of dollars on tax incentives to lure businesses, but policymakers often don’t know if the incentives work, according to a report released today. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas jobless rate falls to 5.4 percent in November
December 21, 2012
Ongoing federal negotiations about tax increases and spending cuts are keeping Kansas employers from making investments in their operations and hiring more workers, a top state business leader said Friday.
Statehouse Live: Senate leaders propose tax incentives for bioscience, manufacturing businesses
March 9, 2012
The “Kansas Works” proposal is contained in two bills that will be considered next week by the Senate tax committee.
Warmer weather helps Kansas unemployment in December
January 24, 2012
The Kansas jobless rate decreased in December, in part because of the unseasonably warm weather, officials said.
Good news, bad news: Kansas economy sending mixed signals
September 19, 2011
A mixed bag of statistics released in recent weeks suggests that Kansas, like the rest of the nation, is finding it difficult to get its economic engine firing on all cylinders. Despite rising state revenues, job growth remains flat while more residents are seeking public assistance.
Brownback wants more oversight of the Kansas Bioscience Authority
April 29, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday pushed for more oversight of a state economic development agency that is under investigation.
Statehouse Live: Kansas economy recovering, economist says
11:28 a.m., September 27, 2010 Updated 02:13 p.m.
But several legislators on the House-Senate Committee on Economic Development and the president of a state economic agency were more pessimistic.
Two Lawrence developers part ways — meaning prime piece of real estate is about to be auctioned
June 29, 2010
A legal soap opera has set the stage for a high-stakes, multimillion dollar property auction that has left economic development leaders concerned about the future of one of Lawrence’s most promising industrial areas.
State forecast gloomy for 2010
January 3, 2010
When the 2009 legislative session started last January, state officials knew the Kansas economy was falling, but they didn’t know it would tank.
Kansas seeking help from feds to pay unemployment benefits
State is also increasing businesses’ unemployment tax
December 23, 2009
Kansas officials will seek federal funds next month to help pay jobless benefits because the state’s unemployment trust fund is nearly depleted.
November foreclosures down from peak
December 13, 2009
Home foreclosures in this aircraft manufacturing-dependent city appear to have slowed amid government and industry efforts to cut mortgage payments, but some experts anticipate many loans will ultimately end in foreclosure next year anyway.
Statehouse Live: Internet access initiative gets federal grant; Charter school group gives Kansas an ‘F’
12:04 p.m., December 7, 2009 Updated 09:54 a.m.
State receives $2 million for broadband; Organization says state’s restrictive law could impact ability to get federal grant
Statehouse Live: FORECAST IN: Recession continues, budget cuts likely;
08:24 a.m., November 5, 2009 Updated 06:39 p.m.
Revised tax projections will set targets for Gov. Parkinson, legislators; Increased caseloads require more funding;
Statehouse Live: Malkin to help Kobach; Parkinson counters Cerner deal critcism; Report says Brownback’s Senate seat to stay Republican; Waugh opposes school cuts; Roberts eyeing 2014
09:12 a.m., November 2, 2009 Updated 03:29 p.m.
FOX News personality to raise funds for Kobach; Governor defends proposal for KCK development; Political website says Senate seat to stay in GOP column; Education Board Chair says education cuts will hurt state; Veteran pol looking at another Senate term