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The Social Side of Gaming

59% of Americans play video games. – Entertainment Software Association

Driven by strong mobile gaming and video game console and software sales, the worldwide video game marketplace is forecast to reach $111 billion by 2015. Thanks to a growing community of local gamers and support from a host of local agencies, including Commerce Lexington and the Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center, Lexington now has seven full-fledged game development companies that are increasingly bringing those dollars to the Bluegrass.

Last Tuesday, September 30, Commerce Lexington and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development brought seven freelance journalists to town to visit with local game developers at Awesome Inc., the tech business incubator on Main Street. For two hours, journalists played games and interviewed developers, gaining a sense of the excitement and passion surrounding Lexington’s gaming community.

Lexington Gaming
Freelance journalists visit with local game developers at Awesome Inc.

Game development companies located in Lexington include:

Cultivating the local gaming community is Run Jump Dev, a nonprofit that is committed to creating strong game developers and successful companies in the Bluegrass Region. Seeded with raw passion for creating games, Run Jump Dev hosts workshops, networking events, game jams, and helps connect local gaming entrepreneurs to funding and business development opportunities.

Could Lexington soon be known as “The Horse and Video Game Capital of the World?”

– CLX Economic Development Team

Commerce Lexington Update

  • Commerce Lexington released the October 2014 edition of Business Focus
  • One of Lexington’s newest residents, Seamus Carey, Ph.D., Transylvania University’s 26th president, will be headlining Good Morning Bluegrass on Tuesday, October 7th
  • Commerce Lexington will host Senator Mitch McConnell at a Public Policy Luncheon, Friday, October 10th.

Start-up Rock Stars!

Who Got the Money 2011

In 2010, entrepreneurial companies in the Bluegrass Region attracted $65 million in venture funding! The 89 Central Kentucky early-stage companies that participated in the annual Lexington Venture Club survey reported a total of $94 million in revenue and 748 people employed with an average full-time salary of $63,485. They also reported hiring 240 people in 2010.

For all the details from the 2011 Who Got the Money Celebration, view the program.

Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine

Back when the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership was formed in 2006, their first customer was Dr. Bill Bernard. Earlier this week, Dr. Bernard’s vision finally was achieved with the opening of Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine. Located close to the Kentucky Horse Park, the group veterinary referral practice will focus on outpatient medicine and elective surgery and is expected to fill a need for additional equine surgical facilities in the Central Kentucky area.
Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine Ribbon Cutting

Full press release below:


CONTACT: Shawn Rogers, 859-257-7487
Bluegrass Small Business Development Center

Outpatient Equine Surgery Center Opens in Lexington with Help from Bluegrass SBDC

LEXINGTON Ky. (Nov. 17, 2010)