Lexington Chamber of Commerce: www.commercelexington.com
Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.visitlex.com
Lexington, the "Heart of the Bluegrass," is recognized as the "Horse Capital of the World." With a population over 300,000, it features many of the cultural advantages of a large city, but it exudes the charm and beauty of a small town.
Lexington is at the center of a thirty-one-state distribution area, within a five-hundred-mile radius of nearly three-fourths of the manufacturing, retail sales, and population of the United States. Lexington is home to companies such as Toyota USA, Lexmark International Inc., Valvoline, Alltech, Xerox, Link-Belt, Tempur-Pedic, Big Ass Fans, Central Bank and Sylvania. This combination of clean industries, scenic horse farms, and the ambience of a university town is unique to Lexington.
Historic beauty is another facet of the Bluegrass area. If you drive in any direction from Lexington, you will be surrounded by restored homes and farms. Also nearby is the college community of Berea, one of the nation's best known arts and crafts centers.
Lexington is a great place to live.
- Nine major shopping centers cater to every taste and budget.
- Over two hundred restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including American, Mexican, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, and Japanese.
The Lexington music scene is typical of that in large college towns, with local groups and national concert tours performing both on and off campus. In addition to the many bars, restaurants, and dance clubs, there are a number of local cafes, coffee houses, and bookstores popular with Gatton MBA students.
Lexington offers a variety of cultural opportunities. Performing arts thrive through the Opera House, Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Lexington Ballet, Actors' Guild, Children's Theater, Lexington Singers, and a number of smaller groups. Each summer the Shakespeare in the Park series, Picnic with the Pops, and Ballet Under the Stars draw enthusiastic audiences.