The 2015 SOAR summit

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The 2015 SOAR summit

2015 was not just another year, the summit was not just another meeting, and the discussion was anything but politics as usual. The 2015 SOAR Strategy Summit built off the momentum created after the initial Summit and was designed to make sure that Eastern Kentucky continues to move in one direction, Forward. The Summit is about taking the raw passion of the region, utilizing the strong work ethic of the people, and harnessing it strategically so that we all pull the region forward together instead of pulling ourselves apart.

SOAR is not just another initiative: It is about facilitating real, tangible change. To that end, this Summit was not just intended to be us talking about the change we want to see, but to provide direction and take away action items for people who want to be the change. At the Summit, many individuals who proved that they are dedicated to being this change wrote down exactly what they will do to help this region SOAR. You can see these individuals’ actual commitments here.

At the Summit, it was made clear that communities and individuals throughout Eastern Kentucky have committed to change. This change is extremely important, and because of that, heads have been turned throughout the nation. Over the last year, this region has received the support of many national leaders and organizations, including the CDC (Center for Disease Control), NPR (National Public Radio), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Congressional Committee on Appropriations and many others. All these instances of support show that the resources and opportunities are available for Eastern Kentucky to use, and that it is up to individuals and groups within this region to utilize them.

This event is designed to be the catalyst for change. By uniting people and having these important discussions together, we are all able to benefit from getting new and unique perspectives that enables us to shape a strategy that will shape our region. Strong, meaningful leadership leads by example and breaking down barriers to collaboration. By doing this, we can give the region a unified direction, and we can all SOAR to new heights together.


BREAKOUT PRESENTATIONS

Kentucky Beef Network

Ag Development funds at work: Enhancing producer profitability through education, management, and marketing. Click on image to see more.

Martin County on the move

Health and Wellness Partnership. Roy F. Collier Community Center Inez, Ky. Click on image for more info.

Perry County Schools

Farm to School. Cafeteria-Classroom-Community. Click on Image for more Info.

Engaging the Next Generation of Appalachian Leaders

Models of Civic and Educational Outreach

Mountain Parkway Expansion

Click on image for more info.

Creating Community Health: Keys to Success

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Jennifer D. Seymour, PhD. SOAR Strategy Summit 2015 May 11, 2015.

Business Recruitment in a Rural Enviroment

Brad N.Hall, IOM, EDI, MBA Manager of External Affairs Kentucky Power Company

Jackson County Regional Food Center

Mission: To assist the family farmer in improving quality of life by working together to obtain a profitable return for farm products.

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

A creative culture... Authentic, distinctive, alive.

28 Tourism Events Held in 2015

Crossroads to Adventure

The Northeast Kentucky AHEC's Physician Pipeline (and UPike Partnership)

David A. Gross, MPA SOAR Strategy Summit - Community Health Panel Feb. 16, 2015

MEDIA COVERAGE

TO SEE MORE GREAT INFORMATION ABOUT THE SOAR SUMMIT SEE THE LOCAL NEWS COVERAGE OUTLETS FOR STORIES, VIDEOS, AND MORE:

Summit Videos

Summit Kickoff

BILL GOODMAN, KET, MODERATOR GOVERNOR STEVEN L. BESHEAR CONGRESSMAN HAROLD “HAL” ROGERS JARED ARNETT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SOAR

Working with our Federal Partners

MODERATED BY: NEIL MIDDLETON, VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER

Translating Broadband into Economic Growth

LONNIE LAWSON, PRESIDENT/CEO, CENTER FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Engaging the Next Generation of Leaders

KENTUCKY INNOVATION NETWORK DIRECTOR JOHNATHAN GAY MODERATES A DISCUSSION WITH DELANEY STEVENS, ROGERS SCHOLARS; JEN CARTER, SPACE TREK; AND KEVIN SMITH, YPEK AND RURAL UP!

Who is SOAR? – Commitments from Partners

WHO IS SOAR? – COMMITMENTS FROM PARTNERS (PLENARY) JARED ARNETT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SOAR

Youngstown: A Story of Growth Through Change

JAY WILLIAMS, ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION

Legislative Panel

NEIL MIDDLETON OF WYMT-TV MODERATES A DISCUSSION WITH KENTUCKY SENATE PRESIDENT ROBERT STIVERS AND STATE SENATORS CHRIS GIRDLER, RAY JONES, JOHNNY RAY TURNER, AND JARED CARPENTER (OR ALBERT ROBINSON).

Thomas E. Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor

THOMAS E. PEREZ, SECRETARY OF LABOR

Building a Culture of Innovative Entrepreneurship

MACED ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR PAUL WRIGHT MODERATES A DISCUSSION WITH DENISE THOMAS, COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE FOR THE BIG SANDY ADD

Closing Comments

GOVERNOR STEVEN L. BESHEAR CONGRESSMAN HAROLD “HAL” ROGERS JARED ARNETT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SOAR