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The Economic Outlook Survey is an online survey that gathers the perspectives of business leaders and entrepreneurs on the economic outlook for their organizations and their economic regions. US and Canada chambers of commerce, business associations, and economic development groups are invited to distribute this survey link to their members. In return, each participating association receives a report on their results as well as the overall results for the US and Canada.

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Business Leaders,

We want your input. Cheyenne Community Development Corporation is conducting a survey to gauge the economic climate and outlook of area businesses. We'd like to get your thoughts on your company's outlook and your view of our local economy and region as a place to run a business.

Please take a moment to take this survey:


If you have any questions about the survey, please contact David Baker at 734.355.8232 or info@outlooksurvey.com.


Helen Dobbs

Cheyenne Community Development Corporation

Support Local Small Businesses
Big Government Crushes Small Business Dreams
By RealClearWire

Oct 31, 2021 DailyWire.com

As power brokers in Washington continue to negotiate the terms of the biggest single spending package in American history, an important player is not at the table — or even in the room.
America is a small business economy. Yet right now, America’s small businesses are struggling like never before in the face of unprecedented challenges. But rather than help small businesses overcome those challenges, Democrats in Washington are more concerned with multitrillion-dollar spending deals that will do much more to hurt small businesses than help them when they need it the most.
The National Federation of Independent Business recently released its findings for the month of September, and things aren’t looking good for small businesses. Only 10% of small business owners reported no impact from the recent supply chain disruptions, while over two-thirds reported moderate or significant impact. Faced with a continued labor shortage, a net 42% of small business owners reported raising employee compensation — a record 48-year high.
Fifty-one percent of owners reported being unable to fill job openings in September, the third consecutive month that this nearly 50-year high has been recorded. Also, the NFIB Uncertainty Index increased by a whopping five points. If there’s one thing that limits success and risk taking, it’s uncertainty.
NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg clearly identifies the reasons for dwindling optimism and rising uncertainty among small business owners: They “are unable to hire workers or receive the needed supplies and inventories,” while “the outlook for economic policy is not encouraging to owners, as lawmakers shift to talks about tax increases and additional regulations.”
There you have it, folks. Tax increases and additional regulations. Small businesses need help, but the current administration is set to dump a whole lot more hurt on them instead.
Although the White House appears to be retreating from some of its initial desired tax increases in the face of opposition from moderate Sen. Krysten Sinema, negotiations over the funding of President Biden’s massive spending plan are still ongoing and nothing is off the table. The deadline for a deal is the end of October, and no matter what that final package looks like, it’s unlikely to be good for the small business economy.
As if this weren’t bad enough, vaccine mandates on businesses with more than 100 employees threaten to put many out of business entirely. “We’re hearing from our members that it’s about 30% of their workforce that don’t want to be vaccinated,” according to Job Creators Network President Alfredo Ortiz. “… It shuts them down, literally; they can’t function.” These mandates are totally irresponsible in the middle of a severe labor shortage and prove that Big Government is only good at crushing small businesses’ dreams. The government needs to focus more on helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams, rather than putting up hurdles for them to jump over.
Unfortunately, nobody in Washington seems to care what small business owners think, even though they’re responsible for almost half of all the jobs in the country. Rather than taking the time to learn about and understand the challenges small businesses are currently facing – and how the tax and spending plans Congress is considering might compound or exacerbate those challenges – politicians in Washington are conducting negotiations behind closed doors. Whatever they decide, small businesses will have to live with it, or die from it.
The simple fact is that levying any sort of tax increases on individuals or businesses of any size during tough times is a bad economic decision. Whether it’s a $1.9 trillion spending package or a $3.5 trillion spending package, spending anything close to that amount of money at a time of rapidly rising inflation and exploding budget deficits is fiscal insanity.
Small businesses are the engine of our economy, driving innovation and growth while providing a substantial portion of the tax base. Their interests and concerns deserve to be heard by the politicians who are currently crafting tax and spending policies that will determine the fate of small businesses all over the country.

Kansas Young Stockmen
Kansas Young Stockmen Convene For Kansas City Tour
Kansas Young Stockmen(KBC)
By KANSAS BEEF COUNCIL September 23, 2021
Beef producers participating in this year’s Kansas Livestock Association’s Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA) gathered in the Kansas City area September 20-22. The class spent three days learning more about the agribusiness and retail beef industries.
Merck Animal Health, the exclusive sponsor of the program, met with the group on the first day of the session. Merck staff gave attendees an overview of the animal health industry and led a discussion on how to connect with others, based on various personality types, to create strong and effective relationships.
To gain a better understanding of the link between the processing plant and the consumer’s plate, the group went to Cosentino’s Market, Hen House Market and Whole Foods Market, where they toured the meatcase and learned more about how customers make meat buying decisions. The class also visited Bichelmeyer Meats and Golden Belt Beef, both family-owned retail meat shops. Throughout the tours, YSA members learned beef still is the number one protein purchased in-store, with the filet being the best-selling cut.
During a stop at the Johnson County Community College Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center, Chef Jerry Marcellus discussed how their curriculum focuses on training the next generation of chefs. He said students in the program learn about a wide range of topics from foodservice to finance to team building. The class toured the five culinary labs, innovation kitchen and pastry kitchen. Chef Marcellus also highlighted the college’s important relationship with the Kansas Beef Council (KBC) and how the partnership has helped educate students about beef and how it is produced.
KBC Director of Marketing Sharla Huseman and KBC Director of Nutrition Abby Heidari explained to the class how they establish relationships with key influencers, such as chefs, dietitians and educators, in order to share the beef message. KBC Director of Communications Scott Stebner showcased KBC’s work in creating quick, easy recipes families can make with 10 ingredients or fewer. Stebner told the group the videos have been viewed more than 4 million times over the last four years through YouTube, Instagram and Google advertisements.
Members of the 2021 class are Brooke Boulware, Scott City; Brian Carlton, Larned; Clara Cross, Salina; Cayden Daily, Great Bend; Matthew Harrison, White City; Julie Hiesterman, Palmer; Josh Johnson, St. Francis; Trent Johnson, Fort Scott; Clayton Kershner, Rush Center; Colton Lowry, Almena; Chris Mushrush, Elmdale; Derek Neal, Montezuma; Darcy Reeve, Maize; Matt Rezac, Onaga; Audrey Schultz, Andover; Justin Shields, Colby; and Brandt Skinner, Weatherford, OK.
The final session for the YSA class will be held in December. Members will have the opportunity to learn more about the policy process at the KLA Annual Convention and Trade Show December 1-3. More information about YSA can be found at www.kla.org.
KLA is a trade organization representing the business interests of members at both the state and federal levels. Voluntary dues dollars paid by producers are used for programs that benefit KLA members in the areas of legislative representation, regulatory assistance, legal troubleshooting, communications and the advancement of youth.

Internship 2022
FHSU/Dane G. Hansen Internship Program

Your business or organization is invited to apply for a student intern through the FHSU/Dane G. Hansen Internship program.

The application deadline is September 17 for both Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 internships. There are 25 internships available.
An employer invests $500 toward the intern's wages, and the remaining funding is through a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. Spring interns can work 240 hours, and summer interns are allowed 300 hours.
To apply, or for more information, go to https://www.fhsu.edu/.../employers/hansen-internship-program. Along with the short application, an employer must provide a detailed job description for the internship.
Businesses and organizations in these counties are eligible to apply: Cheyenne, Cloud, Decatur, Ellis, Ellsworth, Gove, Graham, Jewell, Lincoln, Logan, Mitchell, Norton, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Rawlins, Republic, Rooks, Russell, Saline, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego, Wallace.
Lisa Karlin
Internship Career Advisor
Career Services
Sheridan Hall 214
600 Park St.
Hays, KS 67601-4099

Redistricting Town Hall Meetings
Below are the dates and times of meetings in western Kansas for the Redistricting Town Hall Meetings:

State of Kansas
Legislative Administrative Services

August 5, 2021
The Kansas Legislative Research Department gives notice that the following Legislative committees plan to meet.

The schedule listed is based on current information, which is subject to change at any time.


1:30 p.m. Redistricting Town Hall Meeting
August 9 Fort Hays State
Memorial Union
Room 212
600 Park St
Hays, KS

6:00 p.m. Redistricting Town Hall Meeting
August 10 Colby
Arts Center
1255 S Range
Colby, KS

9:00 a.m. Redistricting Town Hall Meeting
August 10 Garden City
Student Center,
801 Campus Dr
Garden City, KS

Kansas Promise Scholarship Act
2021 HB 2064 “Kansas Promise Scholarship Act”
HB 2064 provides service scholarships for students to attend an “eligible postsecondary educational institution”
in specified programs.
For students to be eligible for a service scholarship, they must:
• Be a Kansas resident; AND
• Have graduated from a secondary school within the preceding 12 months or have attended a secondary
school and obtained an equivalent credential within the preceding 12 months; OR
• Be 21 years of age or older and a Kansas resident for the preceding three consecutive years; OR
• Be a dependent child of a military servicemember permanently stationed in another state and who, within
the preceding 12 months, graduated from any out-of-state secondary school or obtained a high school
Students must:
• Complete the required scholarship application;
• Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid;
• Enter into a Kansas promise scholarship agreement; and enroll in, and complete within 30 months of first
being awarded a Kansas Promise scholarship, an eligible program at an eligible institution.
The bill permits students to enroll on a part-time or full-time basis, but students must maintain satisfactory
academic progress toward completion of the promise-eligible program and complete the program within 30
months from the first award. Upon completion of the program, students must reside and work in Kansas for a
minimum of two consecutive years or enroll in a Kansas institution of higher education and subsequently reside
and work in Kansas for a minimum of two consecutive years.
Students satisfy the requirements of the scholarship agreement if they
• Satisfy all the requirements of the Kansas promise scholarship agreement;
• Commence service as a military servicemember after receiving the scholarship;
• Are determined by the Board of Regents to have “made the best possible effort to do so;” OR
• Are unable to satisfy the requirements due to disability or death of the recipient.
If any condition of the agreement is not met and the student is not found to otherwise have satisfied the
requirements in accordance with the Kansas Promise Scholarship Act, the student must repay the scholarship
plus accrued interest (at the federal PLUS program interest rate) within six months after failure to satisfy the
agreement. Causes for repayment would include if a student changes enrollment to an in-eligible program. The
bill allows for installment payments on the indebtedness, and the Board of Regents is authorized to transfer
repayment accounts to a loan servicer or collections agency. Requirements may be postponed by the Board of
Regents for “good cause.”
Eligible Programs of Study
Each Eligible Program must be in one of the four fields of study
• Information technology and security;
• Mental and physical healthcare;
• Advanced manufacturing and building trades;
• Early childhood education and development; ORPrepared by the Office of the Kansas Board of Regents | May 20, 2021
• One additional program designated by the institution and identified as Eligible by the Board of Regents,
if the additional program is a two-year associate degree program or a CTE certificate or stand-alone
program that corresponds to a high wage, high demand or critical need occupation.
If an additional program is designated by an institution, the program must be kept in place for at least three years,
at which time a new program may be selected, as long as it corresponds to a high wage, high demand or critical
need occupation.
Eligible institutions must have at least one existing eligible program to be considered eligible and include:
• Public community colleges;
• Public technical colleges;
• Washburn Institute of Technology; and
• Private, not-for-profit institutions that offer eligible programs (this reportedly includes Donnelly College,
Hesston College and University of Saint Mary).
Institutions will be charged with making individual awards to eligible students (including verification of students’
eligibility), entering into a Promise scholarship service agreement with each student awarded a scholarship,
creating and maintaining student-level records as required by the Board of Regents to document satisfaction of
the bill’s requirements; and
Institutions shall credit their Promise scholarship funds to the award recipients’ accounts to pay the appropriate
amount of tuition, required fees, books and required materials for the Program in which the student enrolls.
Within certain income guidelines, students may receive a scholarship in the amount of
• Aggregate amount of tuition, required fees, books, and required materials
- Less all other aid, grants, scholarships or financial assistance awards that do not require repayment.
For eligible students attending a four-year eligible postsecondary institution, the scholarship award is limited to
the average cost of what is charged by a two-year eligible public institution offering the same program.
Scholarships are to be prioritized according to applicants’ annual household income:
• $100,000 or less for a family of two;
• $150,000 or less for a family of three; and
• $150,000 + $4,800 per additional family member beyond three.
If funds remain after awarding eligible applicants, other students with greater household income may become
Responsibilities of the Kansas Board of Regents include
• Adopting rules and regulations by March 1, 2022;
• Identifying eligible programs;
• Developing institutional award amounts based on student credit hour production in eligible programs;
• Creating a statewide application form;
• Creating a statewide service scholarship agreement form;Prepared by the Office of the Kansas Board of Regents | May 20, 2021
• Developing grant agreements between the Board of Regents and the participating eligible institutions to
clarify institutions’ responsibilities for marketing the scholarship to local community partners, providing
for application denial appeals, and providing for repayment, and
• Evaluate the program each year in January.
The Kansas Board of Regents has received a $10 million appropriation for FY 2022 and FY 2023. Beginning in
FY 2024, subsequent appropriations could not exceed 150% of the preceding year’s expenditures. For purposes
of planning for administration of this program, it is assumed that the entire appropriation is to be used for student
awards. Marketing of the program and processing of individual student awards will be best accomplished with
Board coordination and handled at the local level

Upcoming Business Seminars
Upcoming Free Webinars
To register for SBDC upcoming events, https://www.kansassbdc.net/training
July 8th, 6:00 p.m. - How to Hire your First Employee
July 14th, 12:00 p.m. - How and Why to Make Marketing a Priority in Developing a Winning Management Team
July 15th, 10:00 a.m. - State Tax Webinar for Construction Contractors
July 15th, 1:00 p.m. - State Tax Webinar
July 22nd, 12:00 p.m. - Lending 101
July 27th, 2:00 p.m. - Tuesday Trade Talk- Getting Paid
July 28th, 12:00 p.m. - Social Media Starter Kit
Upcoming Paid Webinars
July 27th, 1:00 p.m. - QuickBooks Online: The Basics
Cost: $119
Registration fee is nonrefundable
July 28th, 1:00 p.m. - QuickBooks Online: The Details
Cost: $119
Registration fee is nonrefundable
Facebook Live
The Capital Access Center and Your Small Business
Vince Haworth, Director for the Kansas SBDC Capital Access Center, will present on a topic covering financial information and your small business.
Details for the presentation have yet to be decided, but more information will be released in the coming weeks.
Check in for the Facebook Live event on Wednesday, July 28th at 10 am.
Training Events | Kansas Small Business Development Center
Training Events | Kansas Small Business Development Center

Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ)
The Rural Opportunity Zone or ROZ was originally established by the Kansas Legislature as a tool to increase population in Rural Areas of the State.
The Cheyenne County Board of County Commissioners authorized participation in the Student Loan Repayment Program for Calendar year 2021 via Resolution No. 21-05.
At this time, Cheyenne County does not offer financial assistance for the program, but allows Cities, Employers and Foundations within Cheyenne County to participate in the program.
1. Student Loan Repayment Assistance
• Administered By Kansas Department of Commerce (KDC)
• Partners with Counties, Cities, Employers, and Foundation
• Provides up to $15,000 in Student Loan Repayment Assistance over 5 years
Student Loan Eligibility Requirements
• You must have a newly established permanent address in Cheyenne County, so long as that address was established after the county began participating in the program.
• Applicants must have an active student loan balance in their name, as well as an associate’s, bachelor’s or post-graduate degree prior to moving to the participating county.
• To apply, you will need to provide proof of domicile in the ROZ County, proof of previous permanent residency (prior to earning your degree), transcripts with degree dates and student loan balance with distribution dates.
In Addition:
2. Rural Opportunity Zone Credit
100 % State Income Tax Credit
• Administered By Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR)
• Filed with state taxes; only eligible with online filing on KDOR website
Income Taxpayer-Effective for all taxable years commencing after Dec. 31, 2011 and before Jan. 1, 2022.
A resident income taxpayer that establishes a domicile in a Kansas rural opportunity zone shall be allowed a tax credit.
A taxpayer must meet the following qualifications to be eligible for the credit:
• Establish domicile in a rural opportunity zone on or after July 1, 2011 and prior to Jan. 1, 2022.
• Must have been domiciled outside Kansas for five or more years immediately prior to establishing their domicile in a Kansas rural opportunity zone.
• Must have had no more than $10,000 in Kansas source income in any one year for five or more years immediately prior to establishing their domicile in a Kansas rural opportunity zone;
• Must have been domiciled in a Kansas rural opportunity zone during the entire taxable year for which the credit will be claimed;
• The tax return on which the credit is claimed must be timely filed (including an extension of time); and
• The taxpayer may not be delinquent in filing any tax return with or paying any tax due to the state of Kansas or any political subdivision.

Tourism in Kansas

Effective July 1, 2021, Kansas Tourism has been realigned to the Kansas Department of Commerce to consolidate Kansas' tourism efforts primarily as an economic development tool. Kansas Tourism and the Department of Commerce have a shared goal of bringing revenue into the state.

The huge Economic Impact of Tourism is sometimes difficult to understand. However, in 2018, Kansas Travel and Tourism reported that state-wide the Economic Impact was $11 Billion. This includes over 96,590 Jobs (5% of all employment in the state which has grown for seven straight years, outpacing state employment growth), $638 million in state and local government revenues with Kansas hosting 35.6 million visitors. Currently, TOURISM is one of the largest Industries in the State of Kansas.

To increase awareness of tourism opportunities among visitors to our state, the Tourism Division will be housed within Business Development at the Kansas Department of Commerce. The Department already features several tools aimed at increasing tourism, including the Kansas Athletic Commission and the STAR Bond program.

Produce & Value Added Products
USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Rural Businesses Produce and Market Value-Added Products
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2021 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it is accepting applications for grants to establish and operate Agriculture Innovation Centers.

USDA is making $7.4 million available under the Agriculture Innovation Center Program. Agriculture Innovation Centers may use the grants to provide technical assistance to help agricultural producers develop and market value-added agricultural products using a variety of options, except joint marketing efforts. The centers may provide the following types of assistance:

financial advisory services to develop, expand or operate a business owned by an agricultural producer;
process development services, such as engineering, production system scale ups, scale production assessments and systems development;
organizational assistance, including legal and technical advisory services;
outreach assistance;
technical assistance for product development, excluding research and development; and
technical assistance for applied research to develop and operate processes and systems to produce and market value-added agricultural products.
Eligible applicants include nonprofit and for-profit corporations, public bodies and institutions of higher education. Consortiums are also eligible to apply, but they must select a single organization to represent the consortium as the applicant. Only the applicant organization must meet the eligibility requirements

Recipients must provide matching funds of least one-third of the total project budget. The total project budget must include both grant award and matching funds.

Applications for grants must be submitted through Grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Sept. 27, 2021. For more information, see page 33969 of the June 28, 2021, Federal Register.

If you'd like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.


USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

Press Release
For Immediate Release:         
June 29, 2021
Reeves Oyster, Press Secretary         

Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas Surpasses $6 Billion in New Business Dollars Invested in the State
~Kansas Gross Domestic Product grows 7.3% in first quarter of 2021~

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that since she took office in January 2019, more than $6 billion new business dollars have been invested in the state of Kansas and 26,000 new jobs have been created.

"This administration has prioritized rebuilding our state's economic foundation and supporting services that make Kansas a place where families and businesses want to be – our continued success is proof those efforts are paying off," Governor Kelly said. "For the third year in a row, we fully funded our schools, we've expanded access to broadband to thousands of families and businesses, and more than 130 long-overdue road and bridge projects have been greenlit. These actions, along with the Department of Commerce's recruitment work, have shown prospective companies why Kansas is a premiere business destination. As we once again approach record-breaking business investment in 2021, my team will harness this momentum to create jobs and support businesses that choose to locate to or expand in our state."

Today's announcement comes after a series of economic development wins achieved by the Kelly administration, including experiencing a 7.3% growth in Gross Domestic Product in the first quarter of 2021. Kansas also received Area Development Magazine's prestigious Gold Shovel Award for 2021, was recognized by Site Selection Magazine as having the top business climate in the West North Central region of the United States in 2021, and is one of three top states reporting higher employment in rural communities.

Passing the $6 billion mark demonstrates the speed of Kansas' economic growth, with Governor Kelly having announced the passage of $5 billion in new capital investment as recently as May 11, 2021.

The state has helped secure nearly $2.4 billion in new business investments so far in 2021. In 2020, our state's most successful economic development year ever - with over 2.5 billion new business dollars invested - Kansas did not pass the $2 billion mark until November.

"Governor Kelly continues to make economic development history in Kansas in a way no Governor ever has," Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland said. "Success at this level isn't an accident. This is a testament to the level-headed, consistent approach that Governor Kelly has committed to in growing and strengthening our economy. Her vision for economic development is creating a better future for all Kansans."

In addition to the major business investments, the 426 economic development projects completed during the Kelly administration have created more than 26,000 new jobs spread across every region of the state.

Investments since the beginning of the Kelly administration include:

Schwan's Company, Inc. – building a new 400,000-square-foot expansion at its pizza-manufacturing facility in Salina, totaling $600 million in new business dollars;

Hilmar Cheese Company – building a new production facility in Dodge City, totaling $460 million in new business dollars;

Urban Outfitters, Inc. – building a new 880,000-square-foot omnichannel distribution center in Wyandotte County, totaling more than $400 million in new business dollars;

Amazon – two new fulfillment centers in Kansas City and Park City, totaling $210 million in new business dollars;

Merck Animal Health – new facility expansion/enhancement in DeSoto, totaling $100 million in new business dollars;

Pretzels, LLC – building a 146,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the Lawrence Venture Park, totaling $88 million in new business dollars;

Great Plains Manufacturing (Kubota) – new manufacturing facility in Salina, totaling $43 million in new business dollars.

About the Kansas Department of Commerce

As the state's lead economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce strives to empower individuals, businesses and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas. Commerce accomplishes its mission by developing relationships with corporations, site location consultants and stakeholders in Kansas, the nation and world. Our strong partnerships allow us to help create an environment for existing Kansas businesses to grow and foster an innovative, competitive landscape for new businesses. Through Commerce's project successes, Kansas in 2021 was awarded Area Development Magazine's prestigious Gold Shovel award and was named Site Selection Magazine's Best Business Climate in the West North Central region of the United States.

My Reemployment Plan
For Immediate Release:         
June 16, 2021
Reeves Oyster, Press Secretary         

Governor Laura Kelly Announces Launch of My Reemployment Plan
~Program offers support, resources to Kansans seeking employment~

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the launch of My Reemployment Plan, a program designed to support Kansans with job-search efforts.

"My Reemployment Plan is a great tool to provide Kansans with the resources needed to secure high-quality, in-demand jobs," Governor Kelly said. "While it's welcome news that our state's unemployment rate is back to 3.5%, we want to keep pursuing programs and resources that support getting every Kansan on the right career track. This is how we grow our workforce and build a better, more resilient economy for future generations."

The program, developed with collaboration between the Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Department of Labor, and KANSASWORKS Workforce System, will connect unemployment recipients with workforce service professionals in their area. The personalized job-search assistance they will receive free of charge will include:

Creation of a personalized My Reemployment Plan that focuses on goals and accountability.
Skills assessment to match interests and skills with occupations.
Resume, interview and networking assistance.
Labor market information highlighting current in-demand jobs.
"Our team is working hard to drive the Kansas economy forward," Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland said. "This is why the Kelly administration is focused on helping the people of our state find jobs, helping Kansas companies fill vital positions and helping our communities get back to normal. My Reemployment Plan will be a powerful tool in achieving these goals."

Current unemployment claimants who have received three or more consecutive unemployment payments will automatically be enrolled in My Reemployment Plan.

The process of sending notifications will begin on the evening of Tuesday, June 22. Participants will receive an email from an "@ks.gov" account. Recipients without access to an email account will receive information in the mail.

Claimants will have seven days from the date the email was sent to complete the following tasks:

Upload/build a resume at KANSASWORKS.com (resume must be in active status).
Complete the online job search form (including the O*Net Interest Profiler) attached to the email/included with the mailed information.
Email completed form to the Kansas Department of Commerce at MRP@ks.gov.
Failure to submit this information before the deadline may result in suspension of unemployment benefits. Suspended claimants must submit this information to have the hold lifted.

Kansans receiving unemployment benefits who are eligible to be enrolled in MyReemployment are encouraged to prepare for the launch of the program:

Log into your KANSASWORKS.com account and ensure that your account information is up to date.
Create/build your online resume.
Contact your local Workforce Center for immediate assistance with your job search.
Questions on the launch of this program should be directed to the team at KANSASWORKS:

Visit KANSASWORKS.com to Live Chat with a representative.
Visit KANSASWORKS.com/contact to find a Workforce Center near you.
Call toll free at (877) 509-6757.
To learn more about the MyReemployment Plan program, visit kansascommerce.gov/mrp.


KANSASWORKS links businesses, job candidates and educational institutions to ensure that employers can find skilled workers. Services are provided to employers and job candidates through the state's 27 workforce centers, online or virtual services KANSASWORKS is completely free for all Kansans to use. Learn more at KANSASWORKS.com.

About the Kansas Department of Commerce

As the state's lead economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce strives to empower individuals, businesses and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas. Commerce accomplishes its mission by developing relationships with corporations, site location consultants and stakeholders in Kansas, the nation and world. Our strong partnerships allow us to help create an environment for existing Kansas businesses to grow and foster an innovative, competitive landscape for new businesses.


SCORE Training Available
Virtual Mentoring and Training
Offices around the country may be closed due to the pandemic, but SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Women's Business Centers, Veterans Business Outreach Centers and other resource partners are providing free business mentoring and training by phone, email, and video.
Find an SBA resource partner near you

WASHINGTON - SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration will begin registrations on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT and open applications on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon EDT for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

“Restaurants are the core of our neighborhoods and propel economic activity on main streets across the nation. They are among the businesses that have been hardest hit and need support to survive this pandemic. We want restaurants to know that help is here,” said Administrator Guzman. “The SBA has focused on the marketplace realities of our food and beverage businesses in designing the Restaurant Revitalization Fund to meet businesses where they are. And we are committed to equity to ensure our smaller and underserved businesses, which have suffered the most, can access this critical relief, recover, and grow more resilient.”

Established under the American Rescue Plan, and signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund provides a total of $28.6 billion in direct relief funds to restaurants and other hard-hit food establishments that have experienced economic distress and significant operational losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Funds must be used for allowable expenses by March 11, 2023.

“Recognizing the great urgency to help restaurants keep their doors open – and with a clear mandate from Congress – the SBA worked at a breakneck speed and is excited to launch this program,” said Patrick Kelley, SBA Associate Administrator, Office of Capital Access. “From day one, we engaged with diverse stakeholders in the food industry community to make sure we built and delivered the program equitably, quickly, and efficiently.”

In preparation, the SBA recommends qualifying applicants familiarize themselves with the application process in advance to ensure a smooth and efficient application experience, specifically by:

Registering for an account in advance at restaurants.sba.gov starting Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT.
Reviewing the official guidance, including program guide, frequently asked questions, and application sample.
Preparing the required documentation.
Working with a point-of-sale vendor or visiting restaurants.sba.gov to submit an application when the application portal opens. [Note: If an applicant is working with a point-of-sale vendor, they do not need to register beforehand on the site.]
Attending a live recorded virtual training webinar.
Tuesday, April 27 | 2:30 p.m. EDT | Register here
Wednesday, April 28 | 1 p.m. EDT | Register here
Wednesday, April 28 | 2:30 p.m. EDT | Register here
For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize funding applications from businesses owned and controlled by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. All eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as the portal opens. Following the 21 days, all eligible applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Consistent with the legislation and the intent of Congress, the SBA continues to take steps to ensure the equitable distribution of relief, particularly for the smallest businesses, by creating a $9.5 billion set-aside: $5 billion for applicants with 2019 gross receipts of not more than $500,000; $4 billion is set aside for applicants with 2019 gross receipts from $500,001 to $1,500,000; and $500 million for applicants with 2019 gross receipts not more than $50,000.

For more information, visit sba.gov/restaurants or in Spanish at sba.gov/restaurantes.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

Census Results
APRIL 26, 2021 – The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the 2020 Census shows the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2020, was 331,449,281.

The U.S. resident population represents the total number of people living in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The resident population increased by 22,703,743 or 7.4% from 308,745,538 in 2010.
“The American public deserves a big thank you for its overwhelming response to the 2020 Census,” Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said. “Despite many challenges, our nation completed a census for the 24th time. This act is fundamental to our democracy and a declaration of our growth and resilience. I also want to thank the team at the U.S. Census Bureau, who overcame unprecedented challenges to collect and produce high-quality data that will inform decision-making for years to come.”
“We are proud to release these first results from the 2020 Census today. These results reflect the tireless commitment from the entire Census Bureau team to produce the highest-quality statistics that will continue to shape the future of our country,” acting Census Bureau Director Ron Jarmin said. “And in a first for the Census Bureau, we are releasing data quality metrics on the same day we’re making the resident population counts available to the public. We are confident that today’s 2020 Census results meet our high data quality standards.”
The new resident population statistics for the United States, each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are available on census.gov.
The most populous state was California (39,538,223); the least populous was Wyoming (576,851).
The state that gained the most numerically since the 2010 Census was Texas (up 3,999,944 to 29,145,505).
The fastest-growing state since the 2010 Census was Utah (up 18.4% to 3,271,616).
Puerto Rico's resident population was 3,285,874, down 11.8% from 3,725,789 in the 2010 Census.
In addition to these newly released statistics, today Secretary Raimondo delivered to President Biden the population counts to be used for apportioning the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. In accordance with Title 2 of the U.S. Code, a congressionally defined formula is applied to the apportionment population to distribute the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives among the states.

The apportionment population consists of the resident population of the 50 states, plus the overseas military and federal civilian employees and their dependents living with them overseas who could be allocated to a home state. The populations of the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are excluded from the apportionment population because they do not have voting seats in Congress. The counts of overseas federal employees (and their dependents) are used for apportionment purposes only.
After the 1790 Census, each member of the House represented about 34,000 residents. Since then, the House has more than quadrupled in size (from 105 to 435 seats), and each member will represent an average of 761,169 people based on the 2020 Census.
Texas will gain two seats in the House of Representatives, five states will gain one seat each (Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon), seven states will lose one seat each (California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia), and the remaining states’ number of seats will not change based on the 2020 Census.
Upon receipt of the apportionment counts, the president will transmit them to the 117th Congress. The reapportioned Congress will be the 118th, which convenes in January 2023.

“Our work doesn’t stop here,” added acting Director Jarmin. “Now that the apportionment counts are delivered, we will begin the additional activities needed to create and deliver the redistricting data that were previously delayed due to COVID-19.”
Redistricting data include the local area counts states need to redraw or “redistrict” legislative boundaries. Due to modifications to processing activities, COVID-19 data collections delays, and the Census Bureau’s obligation to provide high-quality data, states are expected to receive redistricting data by August 16, and the full redistricting data with toolkits for ease of use will be delivered by September 30. The Census Bureau will notify the public prior to releasing the data.

Federal Coronavirus Resources
Federal Coronavirus Resources
State, local, and federal agencies are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Check out coronavirus.gov for updates from the White House's COVID-19 Task Force. Go to cdc.gov for detailed information about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit covid-sb.org, the official federal resource website for U.S. small businesses affected by COVID-19.
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Affordable Tenant Housing
Funding is Available to Help Northwest Kansas Families Secure Safe, Affordable Housing

Northwest Kansas Housing, Inc., (NWKHI) received Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) to help northwest Kansas families obtain safe, affordable housing of their choice. Funded through the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), awarded by Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) and administered by NWKHI, TBRA helps income-eligible households afford rental rates, utility deposits and security deposits.

Providing up to two years of rental subsidy assistance, the funds will help income-eligible households obtain affordable rental housing in their communities. Rental assistance is based on the eligible tenant's selection of a unit from all available rental units in the community that fall within rent guidelines and pass Housing Quality Inspection Standards. Security and utility deposit only assistance is also be available.

Those seeking assistance or having questions about eligibility criteria may contact NWKHI by e-mail: NWKHI
P.O. Box 248
Hill City, Kansas 67642
785 421-2151
e-mail: nwkhi@ruraltel.net

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