Commerce secretary reports upswing in business recruiting


At a time when the economy has been sputtering because of the coronavirus pandemic, Kansas is seeing an increase in business recruitment, including a potential distribution center that could bring 1,800 jobs to the state.

Commerce Secretary David Toland told lawmakers Wednesday that his agency has seen the number of development prospects almost triple from last year, prompting him to seek $25 million for economic development this year.

He told a legislative committee that his agency chased 13 economic development leads from March 1 to May 1 last year. This year, the number of potential deals rose to 37 . . .


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