Our Projects

The Smart Series

Connecting and Catalyzing Kentucky’s Human Capital

Inaugural Smart Series: February, 2011: Entrepreneurial & Innovation Ecosystems Explorations with Saul Kaplan

Saul Kaplan, one of America’s brightest entrepreneurial and innovation lights, Founder of the non-profit Business Innovation Factory out of Providence, Rhode Island and former Rhode Island Economic Development Commissioner (creator of RI’s strategic plan to build their Innovation Economy) is coming to Lexington, Feb. 7-8.

We connected Saul with Kentucky entrepreneurs, educational & student leaders, Mayors from both Lexington and Louisville – as well as with innovators from Ohio and West Virginia as Saul kicked off our inaugural Smart Series.

Read more Smart Series details…

“One of America’s Prettiest Half-Marathons”

LeXenomics has proudly built and hosted Lexington’s RunTheBluegrass Half-Marathon since 2011… and in 2013 we’re expecting approximately 4000 racers from 42 states and 5 countries to converge upon Lexington’s majestic Thoroughbred Farms and the iconic Keeneland Race Track, come March 30th!

The Most Encouraging Kentuckian Award

Honoring He or She Who Encourages More Kentuckians than Anyone Else

Inaugurated in November, 2011 by honoring Lexington’s legendary Ernie Peel. Then in December of 2012, approximately 3000 votes were cast for the family of Sarah Roberts Hart for all they’ve chosen to overcome since Sarah’s passing the previous summer.



Without measurable benchmarks, we cannot track Lexington’s movement.

Studying Lexington’s economy using unique tools like an Economic Leakage Analysis, Quality of Life Index, Happiness Index and more traditional economic analysis is vital to informed decision-making by our entire community.

Some early samples of our researchhave already been published, here.

Community Partnerships


Supporting other positive initiatives & projects throughout the region is a top priority for LeXenomics.  It is our Lexington and our Kentucky.

Our partnerships include, and have included:

Awesome, Inc.’s Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The inaugural class of Kentucky’s Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame was inducted in downtown Lexington. We provided live-streaming, promotional and video support for one of the very best night’s in Kentucky history.

University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business & Economics

Under Dr. Ikenna Uzuegbunam, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at UK, we have been guest panelists this autumn for 40-50 senior-level business students.  In a day and age when college graduates have few jobs to find, and 80% Americans are dispassionate at work anyway, what better time is there to explore starting your own business?!?!?

Town Branch Trailapalooza

Sunday, August 15, 2010

One of our community’s best connecting tools might be walking & running trails. (Outside of major sports like UK Athletics, of course!)

And Lexington’s west side has a brand new one, the Town Branch Trail.

Toward that, we helped Van Meter Pettit (Town Branch Trail’s Director), Dr. Lisa Broome-Price (UK’s Gaines Center Associate Director) and ProgressLex Vice Chair (and Masterson Station resident), Shevawn Akers, organize a fun, family-oriented event this August.

Previous Projects

2010 Economic Mayoral Forum

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Jim Gray and Jim Newberry joined us at Base 163 for a unique event in Lexington, a live-streamed Mayoral Forum devoted specifically to “Building Lexington’s Future Economy.”

Using today’s social media technology, a ton of teamwork, and a gracious financial contribution, we were able to ask both Mayoral candidates pointed questions on how we must create good new jobs in Lexington’s changing economy – for the whole city (and world) to see.

Watch our 2010 Mayoral Economic Forum, here.

Kentucky & West Virginia New Economy Explorations

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The state of Kentucky and Lexington welcomed our “New Economy” neighbors from Create West Virginiaand Vision Shared for a day of sharing insights, conversation and experiences to help grow our collective region in the 21st Century.

Thanks to the Kentucky Horse Park, the University of Kentucky and our many sponsors for making the day a success!

A snynopsis from the day’s explorations is here.

ProgressLex’s summation (from UK Professor Ernie Yanarella) is here.