About Us

Knowledge Based Economic Development (KBED) is a unique partnership of civic, academic and private sector entities working together to support new and growing companies in Manhattan, KS. This integrated community economic development program seeks to attract companies by leveraging the talent, innovation and training capabilities, and infrastructure available at Kansas State University. 

Partners:

These individuals represent their organizations and serve as the Board of Directors for the KBED Partnership.
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Lyle Butler
President/CEO, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce


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Doug McKinney
Executive Director, North Central Regional Planning Commission
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Kent Glasscock
President, K-State Institute for Commercialization 
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Greg Lohrentz
Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer,    K-State Foundation 
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Dr. J. Ernest Minton
Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs
College of Agriculture

Affiliate Partners:


These individuals represent their organizations and serve as non-voting members of the board.
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Dr. Ruth Dyer
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Kansas State University
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Ron Fehr
City Manager,
City of Manhattan, KS