Governor Kelly continues ‘Prosperity on the Plains’ tour

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Governor Laura Kelly continued her statewide economic development tour, “Prosperity on the Plains,” on Friday, July 29, in Holton. She joined Jackson County Chamber of Commerce leaders to tour a local family and veteran-owned small business, More Than Lemons Hot Glass.

Governor Kelly visits with veteran and small business owner April Lemon at More Than Lemons in Holton as part of the Prosperity on the Plains tour.

More Than Lemons is a hot glass art store and workshop that features collections from Kansas artists. In addition to the glass art store, the Lemons family also runs an AirBnB.

“I’m visiting with entrepreneurs across Kansas because small businesses power our economy and have helped drive our record-breaking economic success,” Governor Kelly said. “Thank you to Holton veteran and small business owner, April Lemon, for taking the time to talk about what my administration can do to help businesses like hers grow and succeed.”

Governor Kelly has supported small businesses throughout her time in office. In June, Governor Kelly signed a bill providing $50 million of financial relief to Kansas small businesses like More Than Lemons. And when she reinstated the Kansas Main Street Program in 2019, 25 communities, including Holton, were “grandfathered” back into the program to receive resources and tools supporting the revitalization of downtown districts. 

Governor Kelly also visited a mural project that is currently under construction in the Holton downtown square. Holton is one of the 14 rural communities that were awarded grants through the Rural Mural and Public Art Program earlier this month.

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