TOPEKA - Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers and Gov. Laura Kelly marked release of a report Monday
articulating a rural-prosperity agenda designed to tackle challenges with housing, health care,
physical and digital infrastructure, workforce development, child care and property tax rates.
Rogers, who participated in 130 roundtable meetings in a listening tour that covered 17,000 miles
in 72 counties, was assigned responsibility by the Democratic governor for identification of
barriers to long-term prosperity of rural communities and to build partnerships to chip away at
those obstacles. He did so from the newly formed Office of Rural Prosperity in the Kansas
Department of Commerce.
“While the creation of the Office of Rural Prosperity and my listening tour were great first steps,
we know there is much more work to do in order to facilitate growth and prosperity in rural
communities,” Rogers said. “Just like folks in urban areas, rural communities define prosperity as
having access to good-paying jobs that let them raise a family and have a secure future.”
The consensus of people living outside urban centers is that they are proud of their schools and
hospitals, but feel politicians in Topeka aren’t focused on issues influencing their quality of life, he