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Gatton College of Business and Economics

From the North/South

Take I-75 toward Lexington to Exit 115, go South on Route 922 (Newtown Pike) approximately 3.5 miles, turn left onto West Main St., then cross Broadway (street turns into Vine St. and is one way), then turn right onto South Upper St., stay in the right lane, go 3 stop lights and park in lots on Colfax or Prall Streets.

From the East/West

Take I-75 to Lexington, I-64 and I-75 combine through Lexington, take exit 115, go South on Route 922 (Newtown Pike) approximately 3.5 miles, turn left onto West Main Street, then cross Broadway (street turns into Vine St. and is one way), then turn right onto South Upper St., stay in the right lane, go 3 stop lights and park in lots on Colfax or Prall Streets.


    Conference will be held at the Gatton College of Business and Economics on Friday, October 13, 2017.


    Parking at UK is a challenge, so it’s best to get there early. Preferred parking for the venue is the South Limestone Garage (PS#5), next to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den. (See diagram.) The cost of parking is $2.00 per hour with a $16.00 per exit maximum. (But remember, the conference if free, and you get a free lunch!) Take the pedway over Limestone, past the Administration building, and the Gatton building is straight ahead. There will be signs.


    In the unlikely event that the South Limestone Garage be full, attendees may park in either the Reynolds Lot or the Scott Street West Lot. Drivers can access these lots by exiting the South Limestone Garage on the Upper Street side, turning left onto Upper Street and turning right onto Scott Street. The Reynolds Lot is located on the right, while the Scott Street West Lot is located immediately across from it on the left. To reach the Carol Martin Gatton Business and Economics Building from the Scott Street lot, attendees should walk up Scott Street to the intersection with Upper Street, where they will take a right. Continue walking along Upper Street until the intersection with Prall Street. Cross at this intersection and take an immediate left to reach the Gatton Building.


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    University Cities Conference Agenda


    University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics 550 S Limestone, Lexington, KY 40506


    October 13, 2017

    Kincaid Auditorium
    Welcome and Introduction — What is a University City?

    Jim Gray, Mayor of Lexington

    Scott Shapiro, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Lexington

    A benchmarking project in the Lexington Mayor’s office led to the discovery of a new species of city. Scott will run through the data that illustrates the unique character  of University Cities, and why they appear almost-purpose built for the 21st century economy.

    ​Keynote: The Value of University Cities

    Ed Glaeser,  PhD, Harvard economics professor and author, Triumph of the City

    Prof. Glaeser presaged the idea of University Cities in his 2003 paper “The Skilled City” and in his book Triumph of the City. In his keynote, Glaeser will explain how cities unleash the dynamic potential of humanity, with a particular emphasis on the dynamism of University Cities.

    What do concentrations of human capital in ​University Cities produce?

    Ken Troske, PhD, Professor of Economics, University of Kentucky

    Kentucky’s leading labor economist will sprint through the academic literature that explores what happens when a city has more than its fair share of highly educated individuals.

    University Cities: The UK Perspective

    Eli Capilouto, DMD, Sc.D, President, University of Kentucky

    President Capilouto will explore the concept of University Cities from UK’s perspective in Lexington.  

    Governing a University City + Policy Swap

    Jim Gray, Mayor of Lexington

    Chris Beutler, Mayor of Lincoln

    Wade Troxell, Mayor of Fort Collins

    Mayors from three University Cities will give their thoughts on the concept and how it takes shape back home. Because the data show that University Cities share so many similar characteristics, successful initiatives in one city might easily translate to another. To take advantage of this similarity, each mayor will share some successful initiatives that might just be picked up by another University City.

    Break/pick up boxed lunch/switch to Woodward Hall


    From College Town to University City

    Omar Blaik, U3 Advisers

    Blaik’s consultancy has advised anchor institutions and cities across the country, helping them to leverage the partnership and jointly address challenges as they grow together. Famous for his work connecting the University of Pennsylvania with its surrounding community, Blaik will talk about the evolution of college towns into University Cities, exploring the ways in which university anchors maintain their roles as mission-driven leaders and catalysts for economic development.

    Impact Philanthropy in University Cities

    Benjamin Kennedy, Kresge Foundation

    Katie Appel Duda, Bloomberg Philanthropies

    Lilly Weinberg, Knight Foundation

    Representatives from three of the nation’s most innovative philanthropies will talk about their growing work in cities, where they fund new and creative ways to solve social problems.  

    Entrepreneurship and Innovation in University Cities

    Warren J. Wilson, YARDSTK

    Steve Dauphin, the Kirchner Group and Bonaventure Capital

    James Lima, James Lima Planning + Development

    The data show that University Cities are both entrepreneurial and economically adaptive. These three professional will explore the entrepreneurial ecosystems in University Cities from the perspectives of startups, capital, and place-making.

    Ann Arbor Case Study: ​Equity in University Cities

    ​John Burkhardt, PhD,  Professor of Education and Founding Director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, University of Michigan

    Howard Lazarus, Ann Arbor City Administrator

    Jim Kosteva, University of Michigan Director of Community Relations

    With highly educated populations, dynamic economies, and out-sized arts and culture sectors, University Cities are growing rapidly. But how can these cities ensure that growth is broadly shared and equitable? With Ann Arbor as a case study, we will talk through equity issues from the perspective of the city’s administration, the University of Michigan, and a professor who has studied the challenges and opportunities for higher education’s impact on the public good.

    University-Anchored Innovation Districts

    Scott Andes, Fellow with Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking, the Brookings Institution

    Andes will explore the recent rise of innovation districts — the small geographic areas within cities where research universities, medical institutions, and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, accelerators, and incubators. These centers represent a new geography of economic development.