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SEK officials to discuss economic growth for area research and business

The Kansas Bioscience Authority will hold a community stakeholders meeting at noon on Tuesday, June 16, at Pittsburg State University's Tyler Research Center.

The Kansas Bioscience Authority will hold a community stakeholders meeting at noon on Tuesday, June 16, at Pittsburg State University's Tyler Research Center.

Held in partnership with the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburg State University and U.S. Representative Lynn Jenkins, this luncheon will include an update on areas of bioscience strength in Kansas and the KBA's support for continued economic growth through investments in bioscience research and business.

"We're always excited to host a KBA meeting," said Steve Robb, director of PSU's Kansas Polymer Research Center. "We're pleased to get local officials involved and to learn about KBA programs and how important they are to the state."

The meeting will include reports from Ed McKechnie, KBA secretary and treasurer, and Tom Thornton, KBA CEO. Those in attendance will include members of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburg city officials, Southeast Kansas, Inc. and other area economic development representatives.

The KBA is a $581 million initiative to expand Kansas' world-class research capacity and foster the growth of bioscience startups. It is the state's largest-ever commitment to expanding its research capabilities and promoting innovation and company formation.

The KBA receives funding through the Bioscience Development and Investment Fund, with revenue derived from the corporate and withholding tax of bioscience companies based in Kansas. PSU's Kansas Polymer Research Center has partnered with the KBA to help facilitate new research and development projects for qualifying companies.

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