Our faculty, staff, and students continiously partner with and are creating new organizations around the city, state, nation, and world. We believe that education and experience can happen outside the walls of the classroom, so our department is busy building relationships with world-changing leaders in academia, community and social development, research, and many other disciplines. Take a look at where we're working on now, and feel free to get in touch if you have a bold new idea or want to join us!


E-Discovery is a curriculum-based initiative designed to teach entrepreneurial skills and business development in the classroom. It is a demonstration of our belief that entrepreneurship is the venue for unleashing creativity, helping people become fully alive, aware of their surroundings and other people's needs and wants. To accomplish this, we train classroom teachers to be innovative and implement the E-Discovery entrepreneurship curriculum alongside their subject areas. We have seen that this will develop more creative, entrepreneurial students. For more information, please visit their website here or contact Melony Denham.


The Community Innovation Lab (CIL) explores, applies and examines innovations associated with local, national, and international communities. We partner with people and communities to pioneer social change, both locally and internationally. Our focus is on three distinct, but connected, types of communities where development can be imagined, invested, and nurtured. For more information, please visit their website here or contact Dr. Bryan Hains.


The Kentucky: By The Numbers program is designed to address challenges associated with the changing landscape of secondary data by enhancing skills in using secondary data for local decision-making through county Extension agents, statewide programming, web access, and direct assistance. For more information, please visit the program's website here or contact Dr. Julie Zimmerman.


The Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) emerged as a college level unit within the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 2010. College administration recognized the need for both an internal source of professional development and instruction for students and county extension agents, as well as an external reach to Kentucky communities with programming and research that focused on community and economic development. In 2016, CEDIK has 3 faculty and 9 full time staff members dedicated to our vision of empowered people and thriving communities across the Commonwealth. For more information, please visit their website here or contact Dr. Daniel Kahl.