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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

Community Innovation Partner CivicLex hosts park workshop

CivicLex, the University of Kentucky Community Innovation Partner (CIP), recently organized a workshop focused on the significance of parks and green spaces in urban development. The event provided attendees with a comprehensive understanding of Lexington’s historical context, present-day tools for change, and avenues for increased resident involvement in park planning. The workshop covered several key topics, including the importance of parks and green spaces, park accessibility and availability, zoning regulations, and green space equity.

UK named an Innovation & Economic Prosperity University by APLU

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2023) — In recognition of its strong commitment to economic engagement, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), one of the nation’s top higher education associations, has designated the University of Kentucky as an Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University.

College of Communication and Information, Gatton College of Business and Economics empower entrepreneurial thinking

The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information (CI) and the Gatton College of Business and Economics are excited to announce collaborative initiatives related to entrepreneurial thinking. CI is home to the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking (iNet) certificate. This multidisciplinary certificate is geared towards students interested in an academic and entrepreneurial pathway at UK.