Dashboard and timeline

K-State has committed to bringing 3,000 new jobs and $3 billion in direct investment by companies choosing to locate operations in the state by 2029. Take a look at the progress so far.


The charge

June 2020

  • Kansas Board of Regents charged all KBOR institutions developing and implementing a plan to bring jobs and direct investment into the state of Kansas.



  • K-State identified four areas of expertise that align with statewide and regional priorities and that would allow the university to engage and attract industry to locate and invest in the state.
  • A multi-unit group was formed — K-State, K-State Innovation Partners, and the KSU Foundation — to develop the metrics, outcomes and deliverables.
  • The plan was presented to KBOR with the promise to add 3,000 jobs and $3 billion in direct investment to the Kansas economy by 2029.



  • Focus area task forces were formed to make recommendations to university leadership on priority areas for action and the best path for success.
  • March: HydroGraph Inc. announced it will be locating a new facility in Manhattan.
  • April: Scorpion Biological Services Inc. announced it will be building a 500,000-square-foot biodefense-focused large molecule and biologics biomanufacturing facility in Manhattan.


  • We anticipate future announcements of new partnerships, new funding/investments, new university-industry research activity, new capital projects and new initiatives that support, enable and animate K-State's bold Economic Prosperity Plan.