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The Office Of Rural Prosperity

The Office of Rural Prosperity (ORP) advocates for and promotes rural Kansas and focuses on efforts designed to aid rural improvements. Through ongoing conversations with rural stakeholders, ORP identifies key policy priorities and blends administrative action with legislative work to remove barriers to prosperity. Led by the Lieutenant Governor, ORP recruits subject matter experts to develop solutions, places a premium on listening to Kansans, and highlights successful communities and projects.

Establishing ORP was one of Governor Kelly’s first priorities upon taking office to ensure rural communities were elevated and programs and services that were badly damaged over the previous decade were rebuilt. Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers was charged to lead this work and hit the road for the 2019 ORP Listening Tour. After connecting to hundreds of Kansans, 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. These discussions established the foundation and priorities of ORP.

ORP is a nonpartisan initiative and is housed within the Kansas Department of Commerce (KDC). It invests in programs, realigns existing resources, enhances technical assistance provided to local leaders, and expands on successful programs to better focus on the needs of rural communities. In January 2021 Lieutenant Governor Rogers was appointed by Governor Kelly as the 41st Kansas State Treasurer in recognition of his 40 years of leadership in the banking and ag lending industry. KDC Secretary David Toland was selected to expand his role as the next Lieutenant Governor. ORP is poised to accelerate its work under Lieutenant Governor Toland’s leadership and looks forward to continuing to work with KDC to help rural Kansas tackle some of the state’s most important issues.

ABOUT

The Office Of Rural Prosperity

The Office of Rural Prosperity (ORP) advocates for and promotes rural Kansas and focuses on efforts designed to aid rural improvements. Through ongoing conversations with rural stakeholders, ORP identifies key policy priorities and blends administrative action with legislative work to remove barriers for prosperity. Led by the Lieutenant Governor, ORP recruits subject matter experts to develop solutions, places a premium on listening to Kansans, and highlights successful communities and projects.

Establishing ORP was one of Governor Kelly’s first priorities upon taking office to ensure rural communities were elevated and programs and services that were badly damaged over the previous decade were rebuilt. Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers was charged to lead this work and hit the road for the 2019 ORP Listening Tour. After connecting to hundreds of Kansans, 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. These discussions established the foundation and priorities of ORP.

ORP is a nonpartisan initiative and is housed within the Kansas Department of Commerce (KDC). It invests in programs, realigns existing resources, enhances technical assistance provided to local leaders, and expands on successful programs to better focus on the needs of rural communities. In January 2021 Lieutenant Governor Rogers was appointed by Governor Kelly as the 41st Kansas State Treasurer in recognition of his 40 years of leadership in the banking and ag lending industry. KDC Secretary David Toland was selected to expand his role as the next Lieutenant Governor. ORP is poised to accelerate its work under Lieutenant Governor Toland’s leadership and looks forward to continuing to work with KDC to help rural Kansas tackle some of the state’s most important issues.

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Broadband and Infrastructure

                                                                                                                                       Broadband and infrastructure means access. Safer highways and quality broadband are needed now.

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Early Education and Childcare

Quality, affordable childcare is a pressing need across the state and country- but particularly in rural communities. 

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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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Rural Healthcare

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

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Workforce

An adequate local workforce affects healthcare, infrastructure, and community development.                                                                                                                                                               

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Community Development

Community development plays a vital role within the rural revitalization arsenal. ORP directly supports the Community Development Division.

Fiberglass network under construction

Broadband and Infrastructure

Broadband and infrastructure means access. Safer highways and quality broadband are needed now.

Adorable baby boy in white sunny bedroom. Newborn child relaxing in bed. Nursery for young children. Textile and bedding for kids. Family morning at home. New born kid during tummy time with toy bear.

Early Education and Childcare

Quality, affordable childcare is a pressing need across the state and country- but particularly in rural communities. 

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.

Newton Medical Center_1

Rural
Healthcare

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

mobile workforce center1

Workforce

An adequate local workforce affects healthcare, infrastructure, and community development. 

Aug. 10th. 2020 Business funded by CDBG-CV Abilene Nutrition (2)

Community Development

Community development plays a vital role within the rural revitalization arsenal. ORP directly supports the Community Development Division.

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2020 Virtual Tour

171

cities represented

558

people registered

226

registrants who participated in 2019 tour

6,000+

people reached via Facebook or YouTube

 

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