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, the Board of Regents, and the State General Fund.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INTIATIVES FUND

PROGRAM OR PROJECT

FY2014

FY2015

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Operating Grant

$7,416,069

$9,162,358

Older Kansans Employment Program

  253,046 

253,139

Rural Opportunity Zones Program

1,829,084

1,831,012

Senior Community Service Employment Program

8,071

8,100

Strong Military Bases Program

100,000

100,000

Governor's Council of Economic Advisors

186,062

186,205

Innovation Growth Program

1,567,983

1,568,648

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission

200,000

200,000

Medicaid Reform Employment Incentive

450,000

450,000

Subtotal - Commerce

$12,010,315

$13,759,462

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION

Public Broadcasting Grants

600,000

600,000

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

299,295

299,686

WSU - Aviation Classroom & Training Equipment

2,981,537

2,981,537

Subtotal - Regents & Universities

$7,501,107

$7,501,498

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agriculture Marketing Program

$570,832

$575,110

DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE, PARKS & TOURISM

Tourism Division

$1,739,098

$1,744,075

Parks Program

4,010,934

4,037,805

Subtotal - Wildlife, Parks & Tourism

$5,750,032

$5,781,880

TOTAL EXPENDITURES

$26,432,286

$28,217,950

TRANSFERS TO OTHER FUNDS

State Housing Trust Fund

$2,000,000 $2,000,000

Greyhound Breeding Development Fund

(87,012)
State General Fund 13,700,000 11,700,000
Subtotal - Transfers to Other Funds $15,612,988 $13,700,000
TOTAL TRANSFERS AND EXPENDITURES $42,045,274 $41,917,950
EDIF RESOURCE ESTIMATE
Beginning Balance $462,220 $948,946
Gaming Revenues 42,432,000 42,432,000
Other Income 100,000 100,000
Total Available $42,994,220 $43,480,946
Less: Expenditures and Transfers 42,045,274 41,917,950
ENDING BALANCE $948,946 $1,562,996

 


The recommendations for Fiscal Year 2014 and Fiscal Year 2015 are described in detail and by program below.

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION

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 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.

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 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.

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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