K-State 105: Every Town to Gown
K-State will streamline methods for businesses and communities statewide to access our innovation, talent and training through local liaisons and coordinated resources.
Economic Development Liaison Network
One of the most vexing issues facing Kansas is uneven economic growth across our state. Many communities struggle to find solutions to advance local prosperity, including support for local entrepreneurs. The Economic Development Liaison Network will identify opportunities for collaboration among many entities, creating a sustainable structure to align research, education, service and economic development, focused on prosperity for all Kansans.
Regional, community and business support liaisons
The Economic Development Liaison Network will also include regional, community and business support liaisons to coordinate industry solutions and maximize the capabilities of K-State. The network will leverage local extension agents and provide a streamlined point of entry to university engagement. K-State will provide technical assistance, workshops, forums and support.
Technical solutions for Kansas companies
The biggest business impact K-State can make is to assist new and existing companies that sell goods and services outside the local area. This brings new money into our communities and regions. K-State will identify pathways to seek university, federal, state, local, private and nonprofit resources to make technical assistance, research and training programs accessible to small and emerging companies.
Support for entrepreneurship and new business creation
We know that most net new job creation comes from companies five years of age or less, so Kansas must pay more attention to creating new companies and advancing existing ones. By coordinating entrepreneurial support and training efforts with other entities, K-State will help develop new businesses across the state.
Effective internships improve students’ employability, academic outcomes and career goals while building the talent pipeline for Kansas companies. Internships will be work-based, service-learning experiences. K-State will also collaborate with technical and community colleges to provide industry-relevant training and education that includes stackable credentials and pathways to degrees in high-demand sectors.