The Center for Business and Economic Research
Gatton College of Business and Economics
Contact: Chris Bollinger, Director

CBER conducts applied business and economic research projects, serves as an expert on business and economic data and information on Kentucky, and provides economic and public policy information to interested persons, government agencies, businesses, and media across the Commonwealth.


The Food Connection
College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Contact: Lilian Brislen, Director

The Food Connection exists to serve farmers, food producers, students, and consumers through creative strategies for a vibrant, healthy, sustainable food economy. On- and off-campus, they support innovative and interdisciplinary instruction, high-impact service, and outreach with cutting-edge research on foods and food systems. They value local food products, fostering community partnerships, and using research and education as a foundation for exciting events at The 90 and around Lexington.


Kentucky Agricultural Leaders Program (KALP)
Department of Agricultural Economics
Contact: Steve Isaacs and Will Snell, Co-Directors

Funded by the Kentucky Agriculture Development Board, the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program (KALP) is a state-wide agricultural leadership program for farmers and agribusiness persons that focuses on leadership skills, economic subject matter (such as trade, globalization, state and federal farm policy, etc) and enhancing the management skills of participants.

This intensive, 18 month program consists of 10 seminars in Kentucky; a 5 day study tour to Washington D.C., a 5 day visit of agriculture in another state, and a 10 day international study tour to a major agricultural competitor (previous groups have traveled to Brazil, Argentina, Chile and/or Mexico). Selected participants will receive a scholarship valued at $28,000.


Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute (KECI)
Department of Community and Leadership Development
Contact: Ron Hustedde, Director

The Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute (KECI) is a unique program that seeks to build entrepreneurial leaders, advocates and coaches in Kentucky’s 41 tobacco-dependent counties as a response to declining tobacco income. Our goal is to work with volunteer local leaders and give them the tools to strengthen an entrepreneurial culture, entrepreneurial infrastructure and to coach entrepreneurs.  We want the region to become one of the most potential rural entrepreneurship centers in the country.

Recently, the Coaches Institute has expanded to offer programs about entrepreneurship to elected officials, elementary and high school students and communities that are interested in learning more about how to strengthen entrepreneurship. We offer educational tours to showcase rural entrepreneurship initiatives and innovative entrepreneurs, especially youth.


The Appalachian Center
College of Arts and Sciences
Contact: Kathryn Engle, Associate Director

The University of Kentucky Appalachian Center emphasizes community-university partnerships in shaping research that is useful in and beyond the region, in keeping with the land grant mission of the University. Our role is to facilitate stronger connections between student and faculty researchers from across all colleges at the University of Kentucky whose teaching, research, learning and outreach includes a focus on Appalachia. We also work to strengthen relationships between colleges and universities in the Appalachian region, and between communities in the 54 Appalachian counties of Kentucky and university partners in collaborative projects documenting and addressing the region’s particular contributions and challenges in a global context.


Kentucky: By the Numbers
Department of Community and Leadership Development
Contact: Julie Zimmerman, Professor

Kentucky: By The Numbers is an Extension program in the Department of Community and Leadership Development.  Primarily known for the data series by the same name, the program also provides publications and other resources for those interested in finding data on their county.