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The Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development works to leverage KU's strengths in education, service and research to drive economic growth in Kansas.


The Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development leads KU's efforts to be an engine of economic growth for Kansas in a way that empowers workers, families, companies and communities to prosper. 

The office, in concert with the academic and research programs across KU, seeks to drive economic growth in Kansas through three core strategies:

  1. Enhance the student experience through experiential learning, career readiness curricula, internships and student research experiences. 
  2. Promote a culture and infrastructure that supports innovation, entrepreneurism and commercialization of KU technology.
  3. Grow and strengthen partnerships among industry, government and community partners.

The Office of Economic Development works closely with various state partners, including the Office of the Governor, the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Kansas Board of Regents, and various regional city, county and chamber organizations.

In summer 2022, the office launched a new Economic Development Strategic Plan for the university. The plan articulates the office's key strategies in the context of our ultimate goal — to create jobs, wealth and mobility for Kansans.


Economic Development News

Kansas coalition to take step toward development of regional hydrogen hub

A coalition of Kansas public entities and private partners will apply for federal funding that could make Kansas a regional hub in the emerging hydrogen economy.

KU fuels Lawrence's designation as America's fastest growing tech hub

The city of Lawrence -- home to the University of Kansas' largest campus -- is growing tech jobs faster than any other city in America, according to data from a prominent national think tank.

Chancellor visits with House, Senate committees to discuss KU's economic development efforts

Earlier today, Chancellor Girod visited with two Kansas legislative committees to discuss how KU drives economic growth and provides healthcare and infrastructure to Kansas communities.

Survey shows KU research supports 4,000 campus jobs, makes $50.7M in purchases from Kansas companies

Sponsored research at KU supported the salaries of 3,974 people in 2021 and accounted for $50.7 million in spending with Kansas companies on research-related goods and services, according to a new report.

KU Innovation Park

KU Innovation Park now houses more than 60 companies on the university's west campus in Lawrence. That number will grow in fall 2022 with the opening of a new expansion facility.
The KU Innovation Park represents a transformative opportunity for KU to drive economic development in Kansas.

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Key Metrics

44
Active startup companies created from KU technology
60
Companies located on campus in our KU Innovation Park
$275M
KU's annual federal research expenditures