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The Office Of Rural Prosperity

After taking office in January 2019, Governor Laura Kelly and Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers created the Office of Rural Prosperity (ORP). The ORP is a nonpartisan initiative established in part to ensure that rural Kansas is heard and represented in the Statehouse.

The ORP is an effort to streamline rural policy, create an inventory of existing resources and initiatives while aiding in rural improvement efforts. The ORP will focus on connecting the people of Kansas to other communities and state agencies.  

Kansans elected Governor Kelly and Lieutenant Governor Rogers to rebuild the state and increase the efficiency of state government. Soon after they took office, the Lieutenant Governor took to the road as part of a statewide Listening Tour that featured conversations with many Kansans across the state. As he listened, one thing was clear: rural Kansans consistently felt the leaders in the Statehouse were not listening. They felt as if they did not have a seat at the table.

Their voices, thoughts, and concerns were instrumental in building the blueprint for the new Office of Rural Prosperity. As the state works to rebuild programs and services badly damaged over the past several years, rural communities will not be left behind. Governor Kelly and Lieutenant Governor Rogers know that when rural Kansas succeeds, the state as a whole succeeds.

ABOUT

The Office Of Rural Prosperity

After taking office in January 2019, Governor Laura Kelly and Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers created the Office of Rural Prosperity (ORP). The ORP is a nonpartisan initiative established in part to ensure that rural Kansas is heard and represented in the Statehouse.

The ORP is an effort to streamline rural policy, create an inventory of existing resources and initiatives while aiding in rural improvement efforts. The ORP will focus on connecting the people of Kansas to other communities and state agencies.  

Kansans elected Governor Kelly and Lieutenant Governor Rogers to rebuild the state and increase the efficiency of state government. Soon after they took office, the Lieutenant Governor took to the road as part of a statewide Listening Tour that featured conversations with many Kansans across the state. As he listened, one thing was clear: rural Kansans consistently felt the leaders in the Statehouse were not listening. They felt as if they did not have a seat at the table.

Their voices, thoughts, and concerns were instrumental in building the blueprint for the new Office of Rural Prosperity. As the state works to rebuild programs and services badly damaged over the past several years, rural communities will not be left behind. Governor Kelly and Lieutenant Governor Rogers know that when rural Kansas succeeds, the state as a whole succeeds.

The Priorities

Following the Lt. Governor’s Listening Tour in summer 2019, several issues were heard time and time again. The ORP spans all things rural, but these priorities were mentioned the most.

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Housing

Rural Kansas has much to offer, but without middle-income housing, it’s difficult to attract new employees and their families to our small towns.. 

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Child Care

Our children are our most valuable resource. Kansas families need to have available, responsible child care facilities.

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Rural
Healthcare

Our rural communities deserve quality health care access. Healthcare is integral to maintaining a rural way of life.

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Infrastructure

Infrastructure doesn’t just mean roads, it means access. Safer highways and quality broadband are needed now.

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Workforce Recruitment, Retention, & Education

End the “brain drain,” encourage a “brain gain.”

The Priorities

Following the Lt. Governor’s Listening Tour in summer 2019, several issues were heard time and time again. The ORP spans all things rural, but these priorities were mentioned the most.

Pic_Housing

Housing

Rural Kansas has much to offer, but without middle-income housing, it’s difficult to attract new employees and their families to our small towns.. 

Pic_Resources

Child Care

Our children are our most valuable resource. Kansas families need to have available, responsible child care facilities.

Pic_Healthcare

Rural
Healthcare

Our rural communities deserve quality health care access. Healthcare is integral to maintaining a rural way of life.

InfStructure

Infrastructure

Infrastructure doesn’t just mean roads, it means access. Safer highways and quality broadband are needed now.

Pic_Infrastructure

Workforce Recruitment, Retention, & Education

End the “brain drain,” encourage a “brain gain.”

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2019 Tour Report

44 towns
23 counties
16 manufacturers
12 farms and agricultural facilities
9 hospitals/healthcare facilities
More than 130 meetings and events.

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