Kan. to join governors’ program on manufacturing

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas is among seven states involved in a National Governors Association program for developing policies to boost manufacturing employment.

The Kansas Department of Commerce says the states are participating in what the governors’ association describes as a policy academy. It’s designed to help states identify fast-growing clusters of manufacturing companies and to identify opportunities for expansion.

The other states selected were Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s pleased his state will be able to work on developing strategies that will help create jobs.

The Commerce Department says the initiative will help each state develop a plan to match investments in research, education and training to the needs of advanced manufacturing companies.

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