Western Kentucky University

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.


CRD LogoCenter for Research and Development

 The CRD, with over 275,000 square feet of space located on 27 acres, provides state-of-the-art research facilities as well as access to world-class applied research centers and scientists.

The CRD houses WKU’s Applied Research Centers, the WKU Small Business Development Center, the Central Region ICC (Innovation and Commercialization Center), and the WKU Small Business Accelerator, which is currently home to 17 technology-based businesses.

The CRC encourages and guides technology-based business start-ups and facilitates the growth of existing businesses to the next level. The facilities offer an ideal environment for bringing together scientists and engineers from private companies and from the university for research collaborations and commercialization of technology.

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.





Office of Research

Central Region ICC

Center for Research
   & Development

Small Business Development Center

Center for Business  and Research Owensboro

Small Business Accelerator


Intellectual Property

Bowling Green Area

Chamber of Commerce


Innoplexx Ribbon Cutting

Innoplexx Logo

Innoplexx, the WKU Student Business Accelerator, celebrated their grand opening of a 1200 square foot space in the Center for Research and Development on December 4, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

Innoplexx gives students a place to work and network with others that are in the first phase of starting their business. The room provided was renovated to meet the needs of what students today expect out of their work space. 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 on the large screen.

Students that are clients of Innoplexx are given free space, 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 Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting at LRDC

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.


 Last Modified 7/22/13