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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 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.

Economic Development Collaborative publishes annual report

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2024) — The Economic Development Collaborative (EDC), a network of campus and community stakeholders who oversee the University of Kentucky's economic development and business engagement activities, has recently published their 2023 annual report.

UK launches OneUK, an innovative holistic business engagement program for strategic partnerships

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 17, 2024) — The University of Kentucky has launched OneUK, a holistic business engagement program aimed at deepening relationships with strategic industry partners. OneUK marks a significant milestone in the university's commitment to fostering long-term collaborations that drive mutual benefits and maximize impact.