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The Office of Rural Prosperity releases its new report on rural communities

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Published: Jan. 13, 2020 at 5:52 PM CST
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The Office of Rural Prosperity revealed lessons learned from its listening tour on Monday.

The office's new report includes what they learned about the needs and strengths of rural communities across Kansas.

It also include plans to create three Interagency Work Groups to address housing, childcare, and workforce recruitment, retention and education in the rural areas.

Governor Laura Kelly says the Office of Rural Prosperity is committed to partnering with rural communities to develop policies that help Kansas.

Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers, who led the tour says they learned access to broadband is a particular challenge.

"Broadband is really the high ways and railroads of connecting businesses and communities and consumers to our markets, and access to high brand quality service is critical to workforce and economic development and as the power to bring us closer together and drive innovation," Lt. Gov. Rogers said. "Kansas must expand broadband to our rural communities."

The Office of Rural Prosperity plans to continue its work.

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