UK, Louisville Partnering for Progress in $2.1 Billion Kentucky Can Campaign

Legacy term feeds LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 22, 2019) — The state’s largest city has large aspirations for the future: at least 40,000 more residents with bachelor’s degrees in Louisville to fuel sustainable, long-term economic growth.Such goals, says University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, will require strong partnerships; the kind of partnerships that are being fostered now and that can be strengthened in the future as part of UK’s $2.1 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Citing Louisville’s importance as an economic engine for the state, the University of Kentucky kicked off Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign in front of more than 250 people in Louisville Tuesday night.

“Through our education, research, service, and clinical care, we are building a brighter future for everyone we serve. … We are doing more, being more for Kentucky. We are the University for Kentucky,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “Louisville is central to our effort and to the state’s future. In so many ways, its success and our success are inextricably linked.”

Capilouto said the goals of the fundraising campaign align completely with many of the city of Louisville’s aspirations for the future.

For example, more than 7,000 students graduated from UK last year, he said. Kentucky Can is asking the question of what the state’s economy could look like if that number jumped to more than 10,000 annually?

UK also has ambitious plans to nearly double the number of engineering students, while also continuing to increase its research and health care efforts around reducing cancer rates in the state and eliminating the epidemic of opioid and substance abuse disorders, among other challenges.

In Louisville, specifically, UK already is engaged in a number of collaborations including a design studio focused on the historic Portland neighborhood, clinical partnerships in health care and nursing, agriculture extension programs and continuing to strengthen the city’s nationally recognized presence in the bourbon industry.

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