Governor and Lt. Governor want to ensure rural Kansans have a seat at the table

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TOPEKA (WIBW)--- The Governor and Lt. Governor want to ensure rural Kansans have a seat at the table when it comes to economic prosperity.

The pair outlined plans Wednesday for a Rural Prosperity Office. $2 million is allocated for it in the next budget.

The office will be dedicated to seven principles, including developing housing, revitalizing main street, investing in infrastructure, supporting hospitals, and supporting agribusiness.

Kelly says it will take a team effort to make this work.

"The problems facing rural Kansas, rural America are not democratic problems or republican problems," Kelly said. "It's the responsibility of all of us to represent rural america. In Kansas rural communities form the bedrock of our great state. Without rural Kansas our states economy and workforce would decline significantly, simply our state would go backwards."

Rogers will go on a 12 city listening tour this summer, as a first phase in implementing the office.