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

FY 2016
Approved

FY 2017
Approved

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Operating Grant $8,753,366 $8,829,741
Older Kansans Employment Program 254,255 242,540
Rural Opportunity Zones Program 1,002,475 1,248,457
Senior Community Service Employment Program 11,522 7,566
Strong Military Bases Program 198,027 195,093
Governor's Council of Economic Advisors 178,253 177,532
Public Broadcasting Grants 500,000 500,000
Innovation Growth Program 398,601 ---
Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission 196,643 188,604
Subtotal - Commerce $11,493,142 $11,389,533
BOARD OF REGENTS & UNIVERSITIES
Vocational Education Capital Outlay $2,547,726 $2,547,726
Technology Innovation & Internship 215,632 179,284
EPSCoR 993,265 993,265
Community College Competitive Grants 500,000 500,000
KSU - ESARP 297,050 295,046
Subtotal - Regents & Universities $4,553,673 $4,515,321
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Agriculture Marketing Program $561,160 $1,050,980
DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE, PARKS & TOURISM
Administration $1,800,515 $1,800,709
Tourism Division 1,748,294 1,720,685
Parks Program 1,666,957 1,630,598
Subtotal - Wildlife, Parks & Tourism $5,215,766 5,151,993
TOTAL EXPENDITURES $21,823,741 $22,107,827
TRANSFERS TO OTHER FUNDS
State Housing Trust Fund $2,000,000 $2,000,000
State General Fund 27,893,892 19,946,429
Subtotal - Transfers to Other Funds $29,893,892 $21,946,429
TOTAL TRANSFERS AND EXPENDITURES $51,717,633 $44,054,256
EDIF RESOURCE ESTIMATE
Beginning Balance $10,139,402 $928,769
Gaming Revenues 42,432,000 42,432,000
Other Income* 75,000 75,000
Total Available $52,646,402 $43,435,769
Less: Expenditures and Transfers 51,717,633 44,054,256
ENDING BALANCE $928,769 $(618,487)

 * Other income includes interest, transfers, reimbursements and released encumbrances.

The Final Approved EDIF Budgets for Fiscal Year 2016 and Fiscal Year 2017 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.

Public Broadcasting Grants. The Governor recommends $500,000 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.

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

Administration. These funds support the operating budget of the 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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