The Kansas Department of Commerce has tapped Trent Armbrust, director of economic development for the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, for a new role.

Armbrust will begin working as director of strategy for Bioscience and Technology effective Sept. 23, commerce secretary David Toland announced Friday.

Armbrust spent seven years in economic development for the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce.

This newly created role and Armbrust’s appointment come as Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly look to target the bioscience and technology sectors for growth in the state, they wrote in a release. Armbrust will develop a strategy to re-engage these key sectors, helping them achieve sustained success in Kansas.

“Creating an ecosystem that facilitates the growth of tech companies in Kansas is a priority for Gov. Kelly and the Department of Commerce,” Toland said. “We are thrilled to have Trent join the commerce team and lead the effort to re-engage the state as a partner in growing knowledge jobs in Kansas.”

Armbrust earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and his master’s degree in plant physiology from Kansas State University and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.

“It’s truly exciting to join the Kansas Department of Commerce as Governor Kelly and Secretary Toland build a new vision for Kansas as a preeminent state for business location and success,” Armbrust said.

Armbrust will serve as a member of the commerce leadership team and be responsible for rebuilding relationships with private- and public-sector partners as the state seeks to help advance new technologies, support innovative research, create jobs and advance Kansas’ leadership across bioscience sectors.

The Manhattan Chamber will have a farewell reception for Armbrust from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the K-State Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave., Suite 200.