Governor creates Division of Rural Development

New agency fits within Department of Commerce.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has reorganized the Kansas Department of Commerce to create a new Division of Rural Development. The goal is to assemble a team focused exclusively on rural development which will in turn provide easier access to Kansans seeking assistance and encourage more collaboration among existing rural development organizations.

The Division of Rural Development serves as the umbrella for all of the department's rural development entities, including the Ag Marketing Division, Community Development Division and the Office of Rural Opportunity. The Division will be headed by Carole Jordan, a 30-year veteran of rural and agriculture development with the departments of Agriculture and Commerce.

"The challenges facing our rural areas range from a need to recruit and retain more good jobs and provide quality, affordable housing, to difficulties in maintaining basic services," Governor Sebelius said. "Many Kansans are proud to make their homes in rural communities, and the new Division of Rural Development will enhance our commitment to restore vitality to America's heartland."

"Commerce has longstanding relationships with statewide rural development groups," said Secretary of Commerce David Kerr. "By creating a new Division of Rural Development and linking it with our existing services, the Department is better equipped to tackle the unique challenges faced by rural Kansas."

For more information, contact Joe Monaco with the Department of Commerce at 785-296-3760 or jmonaco@kansascommerce.com.

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