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Economic development

Kansas official to lead Missouri’s economic development
12:57 p.m., October 29, 2009 Updated 05:21 p.m.
The Kansas secretary of commerce plans to cross state lines to lead economic development efforts in Missouri, which is prompting some Kansas legislators to question his loyalties in a key business-recruiting effort.
City readies for new growth
Conference focuses on economic opportunities
October 23, 2009
Experts say Kansas is poised to foster economic growth through advancements in energy, bioscience, transportation and agriculture. And Lawrence is poised to feed the economic engine.
Kansas’ September revenues trail forecast
October 1, 2009
Kansas’ tax collections were $67 million less than anticipated in September, leading to talk Wednesday of additional budget cuts.
Statehouse Live: Roberts, Brownback say GITMO detainess not going to Leavenworth
09:32 a.m., September 16, 2009 Updated 11:38 a.m.
Senators say they will remove legislative holds after speaking with senior Obama administration officials.
KTEC chief resigns
Tracy Taylor had been under fire for months
03:30 p.m., May 19, 2009 Updated 04:13 p.m.
Tracy Taylor, chief executive officer and president of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp., has resigned, a KTEC board member said Tuesday.
Sen. Tom Holland appointed to KTEC board
May 14, 2009
State Sen. Tom Holland, a critic of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp., has been appointed to the board that oversees the economic development agency.
KTEC leader serving on board of company that received state funding
Taylor, company leader says no money changed hands
April 20, 2009
The Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. loaned a San Francisco-based pharmaceutical company $100,000 while KTEC’s leader served on its board of directors, according to records filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
KTEC chief accuses consulting firm of improper business solicitation
April 14, 2009
Tracy Taylor, who is in charge of Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp., recently accused a consulting firm that was evaluating KTEC’s operations of improper business solicitation, according to the consultant.
Governor rejects funding for KTEC
04:26 p.m., April 13, 2009 Updated 06:05 p.m.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday vetoed funding for a state economic development agency that has been under fire from some lawmakers.
Kansas lawmaker says it’s time to abolish KTEC
March 17, 2009
State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, has introduced legislation to move the functions of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. into the Kansas Department of Commerce and state universities.
Lawrence’s Sloan, other lawmakers look to tackle future economic problems
December 26, 2008
One group of lawmakers is making sure Kansas is prepared for future economic challenges.
State urged to proceed with caution on road plan
With 10-year transportation plan nearing completion, opportunity to create new jobs is debated
November 24, 2008
Transportation officials have started to make the case to state legislators that increased highway spending will help the economy. And while that message may appeal to lawmakers who are facing a tight budget when the legislative session starts in January, there are some urging caution.
State’s budget forecast expected to get gloomier
November 3, 2008
The state’s budget outlook probably will get worse on Election Day and could force legislators to rethink past promises about spending on public schools, higher education and social services. State officials and university economists plan to meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday to revise existing estimates for anticipated revenues during the current budget year. They’ll also project revenues for fiscal 2010, which begins next July.
City may sell land for riverfront project
October 28, 2008
Plans for a new retail, residential and office district near the Kansas River in North Lawrence are scheduled to take another step forward tonight. City commissioners will formally consider a contract that would sell unused city property to a development group that has proposed building the project.
Effect of economic spending in doubt
Report questions whether $1.3 billion spent on development has helped economy
September 4, 2008
A new state report says it is difficult to tell whether $1.3 billion in taxpayer funds spent on economic development has actually helped the Kansas economy. The audit prepared by the Legislative Division of Post Audit was released with little fanfare last week, but it is causing a ruckus in state government. Agencies that dole out funds for economic development defended their missions, saying their efforts do indeed help the economy.