ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES FUND

Fiscal Year 2016 and 2017 Expenditures and Transfers

The primary recipients of monies from the Economic Development Initiatives Fund (EDIF) in Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 are the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, the Board of Regents, and the State General Fund.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INTIATIVES FUND (EDIF)

PROGRAM OR PROJECT

FY2016
Estimated 

FY2017
Estimated 

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Operating Grant $10,878,492 $8,848,267
Older Kansans Employment Program 254,255 242,563
Rural Opportunity Zones Program 1,752,475 1,749,879
Senior Community Service Employment Program 11,522 7,589
Strong Military Bases Program 198,027 195,222
Governor's Council of Economic Advisors 178,253 177,746
Public Broadcasting Grants 500,000 500,000
Innovation Growth Program 398,601 1,351,276
Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission 196,643 189,089
Medicaid Reform Employment Incentive - 431,587
Subtotal - Commerce $14,368,268 $13,693,218
BOARD OF REGENTS & UNIVERSITIES
Vocational Education Capital Outlay $2,547,726 $2,547,726
Technology Innovation & Internship 179,284 179,284
EPSCoR 993,265 993,265
Community College Competitive Grants 500,000 500,000
KSU - ESARP 297,050 296,614
WSU - Aviation Classroom & Training Equipment - -
Subtotal - Regents & Universities $4,517,325 $4,516,889
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Agriculture Marketing Program $570,832 $575,497
DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE, PARKS & TOURISM
Administration $1,800,515 $1,806,921
Tourism Division 1,749,294 1,724,235
Parks Program 1,666,957 1,636,974
Subtotal - Wildlife, Parks & Tourism $5,216,766 5,168,130
TOTAL EXPENDITURES $24,663,519 $24,433,864
TRANSFERS TO OTHER FUNDS
State Water Plan Fund - -
State Housing Trust Fund $2,000,000 $2,000,000
State General Fund 23,113,526 17,000,000
Subtotal - Transfers to Other Funds $25,113,526 $19,000,
TOTAL TRANSFERS AND EXPENDITURES $49,777,045 $43,433,864
EDIF RESOURCE ESTIMATE
Beginning Balance $8,230,954 $1,113,356
Gaming Revenues 42,432,000 42,432,000
Other Income 75,000 75,000
Total Available 50,737,954 43,620,356
Less: Expenditures and Transfers 49,624,598 43,616,668
ENDING BALANCE $1,113,356 $3,688

 

The Final Approved EDIF Budgets for Fiscal Year 2014 and Fiscal Year 2015 are described in detail and by program below.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

The Department of Commerce works to deliver the highest level of business development, workforce and marketing services to build a healthy and expanding Kansas economy.

Operating Grant. The operating grant supports Commerce's traditional programs, including the Kansas Industrial Training and Retraining programs in its Workforce Services Division and financing the business recruitment efforts of the Business and Community Development Division.

Older Kansans Employment Program. This program is designed to provide Kansans 55 and over with an employment placement service. The emphasis is on providing permanent full-time or part-time jobs in the private sector.

Senior Community Service Employment Program. This program provides skill training through subsidized part-time employment for Kansans aged 55 and older who are at or below the poverty line.

Strong Military Bases Program. This program supports ongoing efforts of the Governor's Military Council to prevent the closure or downsizing of the state's military bases, which play an important role in the state's economy. The program also focuses on growing private sector industries in areas around the state's military bases and will be required to provide a local or private match to equal the state's commitment.

Rural Opportunity Zones Program. This program helps attract financial investment, business development and job growth in rural areas of the state. It offers qualifying individuals who relocate from outside the state to one of 50 counties that have been designed as Rural Opportunity Zones to be exempted from paying state income taxes for up to five years and provides for student loan forgiveness.

Governor's Council of Economic Advisors.   The Council coordinates strategic planning and economic resources, evaluates state policies and agency performances, and conducts research on topics such as Kansas' basic industries, tax competitiveness, and regulatory structure.

Innovation Growth Program. This program operates the grant programs previously managed by the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation which was eliminated in FY 2011. It leverages the state's innovation-based assets into partnerships with the private sector to create economic wealth for Kansas and helps small businesses use innovative processes and technologies to grow revenue and create jobs. The Department of Commerce has developed a return on investment-driven scorecard for this program and will fund the program partners based on performance and the ability to leverage resources.

Creative Arts Industries Commission. The Commission is responsible for promoting and developing the creative industries sector of the Kansas economy and expanding creative industry related jobs. The Commission is the result of the merger between the Kansas Arts Commission and the Kansas Film Commission, which was approved by the 2012 Legislature.

Medicaid Reform Employment Incentive. This program provides incentives for companies that employ and train individuals with disabilities. The program provides employers with $5,000 per new employee hired who is currently receiving Medicaid developmental disability waiver services and $3,000 per new employee hired who is currently receiving Medicaid physically disabled waiver services. This pilot program began in FY 2013 and was previously funded from the State General Fund.

Public Broadcasting Grants. The Governor recommends $600,000 from the EDIF in both FY 2016 and FY 2017 for public broadcasting grants. The grants are used by public broadcasting stations for operating costs and the purchase of equipment. Funded by the EDIF in the past, these grants were most recently funded from the State General Fund and the Governor suggests moving them back.

BOARD OF REGENTS AND UNIVERSITIES

Vocational Education Capital Outlay. Grants are distributed to community colleges and technical institutions to purchase equipment for training purposes. A 50 percent match from the institution is required.

Technology Innovation & Internship. The grants go to community colleges and technical institutions so that instructors may intern for short periods in private industry, keeping their skills up to date. The institutions must make a one-to-one match to receive the funds; it is often an in-kind match. The grants can also fund innovative equipment for student training.

EPSCoR Program. The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)  program combines federal and state dollars for research in science and engineering at the universities.

Community College Competitive Grants. This program requires a local match to develop innovative programs with private companies needing specific job skills or to meet other industry needs that cannot be addressed with current funding streams.

Kansas State University - Extension System and Agriculture Research Program's Cooperative Extension Program (ESARP).This funding is used for support of the program's general operations.

Wichita State University - Aviation Training & Equipment. The program supports the development of employees for the aviation industry. The state is a partner with aviation companies, the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County in the development of the National Center for Aviation Training, commonly called NCAT. The Center trains thousands for high-paying jobs in the aviation industry. State funding is administered by Wichita State University to provide equipment and assistance fitting with the program's curriculum.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agriculture Marketing Program. This program promotes the development of value-added agricultural products, and advances agricultural based economic and rural development.

DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE, PARKS & TOURISM

Tourism Division. The Tourism Division is responsible for the general promotion of Kansas, administration of travel information centers in Goodland and Belle Plaine, and publication of Kansas! magazine. The division also works with Wildlife and Parks programs to promote Kansas as the country's premier outdoor destination.

Parks Program.  The goal of the State Parks Program is to effectively manage, protect and administer the state's 25 state parks.
 
Source: Information in this report provided by the Kansas Legislative Research Department. 


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