Sebelius Announces New Rural Development Plan

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has released details about the creation of the Division of Rural Development with the
Kansas Department of Commerce.

The division will focus on rural issues, helping Kansans seeking assistance and encouraging existing rural organizations to combine
their efforts. Carole Jordan, a 30-year veteran of state
agriculture and commerce departments, will head the division.

“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,” Sebelius said in a statement. “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 officials will reorganize their operations to establish the division with existing funding.

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