AIA Kansas Leadership Meets with Commerce Secretary

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AIA Kansas President-Elect Malcolm Watkins and Executive Director Terry Humphrey met with Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary David Toland early in October to share more information about AIA Kansas. They discussed Rural Opportunity Zones and the Historic Tax Credit, as well as several additional topics.

Along with other changes to the department, Sec. Toland is bringing back the Kansas Main Street Program. The program is aimed at fostering community collaborations and partnerships that revitalize older and historic commercial districts throughout the state. To relaunch the program, the Dept. of Commerce has posted a job opening for a Main Street Program Manager.

Under Sec. Toland’s leadership, the department is also conducting a new economic development strategic planning process for the state. This initiative, known as “Framework for Growth,” will replace the 1986 Redwood-Krider report. With the help of business leaders, economic development professionals, and members of academia, the Dept. of Commerce will work to develop a comprehensive strategy for growing the Kansas economy. For details about the phases of the initiative, check out the project website here.

Sec. Toland would like to share more information with AIA Kansas membership about the economic development tools offered by the Dept. of Commerce. He is interested in learning more about what architects think of these various programs, such as Star Bonds, and how those things impact their work. In response to that request, AIA Kansas has created a survey about these economic development tools. Please take five minutes to take the survey linked below.

The survey results and more information about the working partnership with Sec. Toland will be shared in the coming months. To learn more about Sec. Toland, check out his blog!

Click here to take the survey.

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