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Welcome to the University of Kentucky Economic Development Collaborative, where we believe that economic development is crucial to the success and prosperity of Kentucky. 

The University of Kentucky Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) is a network of campus and community stakeholders who oversee UK’s economic development and business engagement activities. The mission of the EDC is to proactively grow economic prosperity in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the areas of talent, innovation, place, partnership, and equitable economic development.

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Recent EDC News

Construction Diversity Accelerator Program Celebrates Second Cohort Graduation

The Turner-UK Construction Diversity Accelerator (CDA) Program, in collaboration with the Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center (KYPTAC), is proud to announce the successful graduation of its second cohort. With the University of Kentucky and various community partners set to embark on an unprecedented number of construction projects over the next five years, the CDA program has been instrumental in preparing businesses to seize these opportunities and contribute to the growth of the construction industry.

Kentucky, Tennessee GAME Change team wins NSF Engines Development Award

The University of Kentucky, as lead organization, together with partners across Kentucky and Tennessee, has been awarded $1 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Regional Innovation Engines, or NSF Engines, program.

University of Kentucky Celebrates May Commencement

The University of Kentucky's biggest economic development event of the year took place earlier this month on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th. Thousands of students crossed the graduation stage and receive their diplomas. A total of 5,811 May degree candidates were conferred by the UK Board of Trustees. This includes 3,745 undergraduate, 1,433 graduate and 633 professional degree candidates.