Economic Development


As the University of, for, and with Kentucky, we are reimagining what’s possible, not only for our institution, but for the Commonwealth and its future. As Kentucky’s economic engine, we are preparing today’s entrepreneurs, professionals, and employers so that they can address tomorrow’s questions. As such, it remains critical that we cultivate and sustain partnerships with local, state, and federal governments, along with the private sector. Through our high-tech research enterprise—contributing $725.5 million to Kentucky’s economy—and commercialization infrastructure, we are at the forefront of innovation in health care, drug development, energy, and agriculture. As we build a brighter economic future for Kentucky in an evolving 21st Century economy, we are asking ourselves: what’s wildly possible?


UK Economic Development Collaborative:

On Nov. 17, 2019, the University of Kentucky officially launched the UK Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) to set the strategy moving forward on how UK will address economic development in the areas of talent, innovation, place and partnership. The EDC will also play an advisory role for the economic development engagement areas charged with executing on UK’s strategies.