Fiscal Year 2014 and 2015 Expenditures and Transfers

The primary recipients of monies from the Economic Development Initiatives Fund (EDIF) in Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 are the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, the Board of Regents, and the State General Fund.





Operating Grant $8,648,981 $9,192,279
Older Kansans Employment Program 261,702 253,139
Rural Opportunity Zones Program 3,991,818 1,831,012
Senior Community Service Employment Program 12,617 8,100
Strong Military Bases Program 179,122 100,000
Governor's Council of Economic Advisors 222,841 186,205
Airport Incentive Fund 15,000 0
Innovation Growth Program 1,827,318 1,568,648
Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission 765,127 200,000
Medicaid Reform Employment Incentive 450,000 450,000
Subtotal - Commerce $16,374,526 $13,789,383
Public Broadcasting Grants 600,000 600,000
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 299,295 300,444
WSU - Aviation Classroom & Training Equipment 6,152,515 0
Subtotal - Regents & Universities $10,672,680 $4,520,719
Agriculture Marketing Program $570,832 $575,497
Tourism Division $1,744,440 $1,768,105
Parks Program 4,049,132 4,067,478
Subtotal - Wildlife, Parks & Tourism $5,793,572 5,835,583
State Finance Council Appropriation 0 33,949
TOTAL EXPENDITURES $34,011,610 $25,355,131
State Water Plan Fund 0 $800,000
State Housing Trust Fund $2,000,000 2,000,000
State Fair 0 (20,000)
Greyhound Breeding Development (87,012) 0
State General Fund 13,700,000 15,481,537
Subtotal - Transfers to Other Funds $15,612,988 $18,261,537
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.


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.


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. 


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.


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


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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