10/30/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/30/2020 15:47
Welcome to the weekly update from the Office of Governor Laura Kelly.
WEEK OF OCTOBER 26, 2020
Governor Kelly Orders Kansas Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of Kansans Who Lost their Lives to COVID-19
'It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of 1,007 Kansans who lost their lives to COVID-19. One of the many terrible impacts of this virus has been that families are unable to hold in-person services to mourn the passing of their loved ones. Each one of these Kansans was someone's child, parent, or grandparent. They were part of a community. Today, I'm directing that flags be lowered to half-staff, so that we may honor and remember them.'
The Wichita Eagle
Fox 4 KC
Governor Introduces New Unified Testing Strategy, Doubling Testing Capacity
'We need comprehensive, accurate data that health officials can analyze to determine our most vulnerable populations or locations so that the state can respond accordingly. We need access to labs that have sufficient testing capacity. We need reliable transportation to move samples from health facilities to labs, where they can be tested for COVID-19. The Unified Testing Strategy has all of that in mind, and more.'
The Kansas City Star
Governor Laura Kelly Announces Peerless Products Expansion to Create Over 100 Jobs in Iola
'Peerless is a fantastic, homegrown Kansas company with a long history in Fort Scott. I appreciate its leadership team recognizing all that Iola and the entire Southeast Kansas region has to offer, and for choosing to expand in Allen County. With our engaged team at the Kansas Department of Commerce, my administration will continue to identify new and dynamic business opportunities, build relationships, and support further economic projects in Allen County and across our state.'
Thrive Allen County
Governor Kelly Attends Turner Diagonal Interchange Grand Opening
'I'm honored to celebrate the completion of the Turner Diagonal interchange, a project that represents both immediate improvements for Kansans and long-term economic growth. This new interchange will open nearly 300 acres of land for private development, and we anticipate the creation of over 2,500 jobs in the immediate area.'
Kansas City Business Journal
Governor Kelly Takes Significant Steps for Transparency, Announces New SPARK Taskforce Public Dashboard
'My administration has always prioritized transparency and accountability when it comes to serving Kansans. That's what good governance is about. Kansans deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent and this online tool makes that information easily accessible to all.'
New York Times
Wichita Business Journal
The Wichita Eagle