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Economic Development at WKU

WKU has grown throughout its 100-year history to be a regional university with international reach. WKU is uniquely positioned to dramatically enhance economic development initiatives that benefit the region and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Office of Research focuses on developing and implementing needs-driven solutions by leveraging the resources and capabilities of the University, its strategic partners from private industry, business assistance groups, and government.

A major focus of the Office of Research is on technology and business innovation, business development, and sustainable development and growth for small and medium sized enterprises.


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Center for Research and Development (CRD)


With over 275,000 square feet of space located on 27 acres the Center for Research and Development (CRD) provides start-up businesses and existing growth business the resources to succeed. Offering an ideal environment for businesses to collaborate with scientists, engineers and technology based companies creating jobs for the local economy.

The (CRD) is a state of the art research facility with access to world-class applied research centers and scientists.

The CRD is home to WKU’s Applied Research Centers, the WKU Small Business Development Center, the Central Region ICC (Kentucky Innovation  Network), and the WKU Small Business Accelerator.

For more information about the Center for Research and Development or if you are interested in locating your business in the Small Business Accelerator please contact us.

 Below are links to the basic elements that are the core of economic development at WKU.



Center for Research & Development
Central Region ICC
WKU Business Resources
Small Business Development Center
Small Business Accelerator
Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce


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 Innoplexx, the WKU Student Business Accelerator, gives students a place to work and network with others that are in the first phase of starting their business.

A 1,200 square foot space was renovated to meet the work space expectations of our students. Lining the walls are four retro style desks turned in various directions to interact with others that may stop by to work. Two large white boards are on the walls so they can brainstorm, a ping-pong table doubles as a conference table, and a large sectional couch and ottoman face a large screen TV that students can plug their laptops into and work.

Student clients of the Innoplexx are provided a workspace (at no charge), high speed internet, and shared use of conference and meeting rooms. Also, students are mentored in all aspects of their business and introduced to appropriate contacts.


Lost River Data Center, A Joint Venture of WKU and BGMU

BGMU Fiber and Western Kentucky University have partnered to create the Lost River Data Center (LRDC), located at WKU’s Center for Research and Development. The 3,300 square feet of co-location space is now available to the business community.

The LRDC is a Tier 2 facility offering businesses a secure site to locate servers and business critical data.


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 Last Modified 6/4/15