Rural Opportunity Zones

Economy
11:19 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Brownback Unveils New Initiative To Help Struggling Urban Zones

Gov. Sam Brownback has unveiled a new program intended to bring new economic development to financially struggling metropolitan areas in Kansas.

Brownback said Thursday his Urban Opportunity Zone initiative will offer tax breaks and other financial incentives to people who start small businesses or other economic activities. The program is similar to the governor's Rural Opportunity Zone program.

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Community
10:45 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Brownback Proposing Urban Opportunity Zones in KS

Governor Sam Brownback says he will propose a plan to attract people to urban areas of Kansas that are in decline.

The governor released few details on the so-called Urban Opportunity Zones last week, but he says they will likely include parts of Sedgwick, Wyandotte and Shawnee Counties.

Brownback says the plan may include tax incentives to attract professionals from out-of-state to the area.

"So it's getting individuals with--a lot of times--with some education, educated individuals, moving into an area and we hope creating growth," says Brownback.

Community
9:18 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Lawmakers Hope To Add Cherokee, Labette and Montgomery Counties To Rural Opportunity Zone Program

A group of Kansas House members has filed legislation that would add three southeast counties to the state's rural opportunity zone program.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Representatives Jim Kelly of Independence, Michael Houser of Columbus, Virgil Peck of Tyro and Richard Proehl of Parsons.

Their 2014 legislation would add Cherokee, Labette and Montgomery counties, which are located on the Oklahoma border.

Governor Sam Brownback established the Rural Opportunity Zones program in 2011.

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Rural Opportunity Zones
5:58 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

More Counties Join Student Loan Program

Eight more Kansas counties have joined a rural economic development program that helps new residents repay their student loans.

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