ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES FUND
Fiscal Year 2014 and 2015 Recommendations
The primary recipients of monies from the Economic Development
Initiatives Fund (EDIF) in Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015
will be the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Kansas Department of
Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, the state's aviation sector through
grants to Wichita State University, and the Board of Regents.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES FUND
|Program or Project
|DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION
|Public Broadcasting Grants
|KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
|Older Kansans Employment
|Senior Community Service
|Strong Military Bases Program
|Rural Opportunity Zones
|Governor's Council of Economic
|Innovation Growth Program
|Creative Industries Commission
|Medicaid Reform Employment
|TOTAL - Commerce
|BOARD OF REGENTS
|Vocational Education Capital
|Technology Innovation &
|Community College Competitive
|TOTAL-Board Of Regents
|KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
|Extension System and Ag Research
|WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
|Aviation Training &
|KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
|Agriculture Marketing Program
|KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE, PARKS & TOURISM
|TOTAL-Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
|TOTAL-Economic Development Initiatives
The recommendations for Fiscal Year 2014 and Fiscal Year 2015 are
described in detail and by program below.
Public Broadcasting Grants. The Governor
recommends $600,000 from the EDIF in both FY 2014 and FY 2015 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.
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
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.
Accelerate Entrepreneurship Program. This
program is designed to increase the number of entrepreneurs in the
state by providing incentives to Kansas educational institutions
for each student or faculty member who starts a new company with at
least one other full-time employee.
BOARD OF REGENTS
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
EPSCoR Program. The Experimental
Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
(EPSCoR) program combines federal and state
dollars for research in science and engineering at the
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
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 was taken from the Governor's
Budget Report, State of Kansas, Fiscal Year 2014 and Fiscal Year
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