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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

UK Cooperative Extension, Economic Development Collaborative host Kentucky 4-H Entrepreneur Workshop

Lexington, Ky.— On March 28th, the UK Cooperative Extension Service and the UK Economic Development Collaborative partnered to host a Kentucky 4-H Entrepreneur Workshop at the UK Cornerstone. Led by Mike Meyer, Associate Program Leader for Kentucky 4-H, and Melody Flowers, Assistant Vice President for Economic Development and Real Estate, the workshop aimed to empower Kentucky youth in entrepreneurship.

Turner-UK Construction Diversity Accelerator launches cohort 3

The Turner-UK Construction Diversity Accelerator (CDA) welcomed cohort three in March with an opening reception at the UK Cornerstone. This year’s cohort has 20 businesses located across Kentucky. The program is a partnership between Turner Construction, the University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Apex Accelerator.

UK Economic Development Leader Melody Flowers Elected to the University Economic Development Association Board

UK Assistant Vice President for Economic Development and Real Estate and Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) Co-Chair, Melody Flowers, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the University Economic Development Association (UEDA). UEDA is a group of over 160 organizations, comprising economic development professionals committed to expanding economic opportunities in their communities. Their focus includes leveraging talent, innovation, and place, recognizing the interconnectedness of these elements.