Mayors, experts in town to explore new species of city

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Three mayors and a city administrator will be in Lexington Friday for a conference discussing a new species of city that hasn’t been identified and studied until now.

According to Mayor Jim Gray’s office, Lexington is one of six “University Cities” being celebrated and explored.

The Mayor’s office says University Cities have highly educated populations, innovative economies with high rates of entrepreneurship, outsized arts and culture sectors, and large nonprofit sectors that indicate a vibrant civil society.

According to the Mayor’s office, these traits mirror the large, coastal cities, but happen in mid-sized cities with low unemployment, low-cost living, and extremely low violent crime rates.

Mayor Jim Gray will be joined for the conference by Mayor Chris Beutler from Lincoln, Nebraska; Mayor Wade Troxell, from Ft. Collins, Colorado; and, City Administrator Howard Lazarus, from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The conference will take place Friday at Gatton Business College on the University of Kentucky campus.

Speakers for the conference include UK President Eli Capilouto, Harvard professor Ed Glaeser, expert in campus edge planning Omar Blaik, and more.

To learn more about University Cities, click here.

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