The 2016 SOAR Innovation Summit


6th June, 2016



Kevin Loux




The 2016 SOAR Innovation Summit

Over 1100 people from across the country came to the SOAR Innovation summit to hear about what our 54 county region is doing to shape our future. The focus of the day was about innovation and how SOAR could help these people connect, inspire, and shape the region:

Connect: The day was about connecting the innovators leading action in their community with people who could help them. As Congressman Hal Rogers said "It's amazing what's going on, there are ideas bubbling up all over the place. People are absolutely doing things. SOAR gives us the umbrella to talk about our region and the things we can do across county lines."

With hundreds of innovators, federal partners, community leaders, and individuals with ideas together in one place, everyone had the opportunity to find people who could help support them. 

Inspire: Everyone came to the Innovation summit with ideas, with solutions, and with their story. The summit gave everyone a chance to share them. In addition to the networking opportunities for sharing stories in person, with the #SOARinnovation and other similar hashtags we showcased ideas online and you can see everything people said online here.

and Shape: With both physical commitment cards available at the summit and a commitment card available through the summit mobile app and here, people were able to take what they learned and focus it into action-oriented goals.  As Governor Matt Bevin said, "History looks back on the people who, in hindsight, were visionaries, and what's the primary difference between somebody who is a visionary and somebody who is just a dreamer? It's action. And now is the time for action."

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 and 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 focus on action.




Full List of Innovators and Solutions



Full Videos


SOAR leaders kick off 2016 summit in Pikeville 

Officials discuss rural health at SOAR summit 

Two Ky companies use technology to create jobs 

Washington leaders attend SOAR Summit to discuss ways to help Eastern Ky 



SOAR Leaders urge local solutions 

Attendees react positively to SOAR 



SOAR Innovation Summit


Lexington Herald Leader: 

High-speed Internet project would help efforts to boost Eastern Ky economy, officials say 


Ashland Daily Independent: 

A ‘BitSource’ of hope for east Ky coal miners

SOAR to focus on improving Internet access in eastern Ky 

High-speed internet would help revamp eastern Kentucky economy, officials say 


Hazard Herald

Leaders and citizens talk East Ky future at SOAR Summit 

Local storyteller to be featured at SOAR Innovation Summit 


Floyd County Times: 

Interapt announces expansion of technology jobs at SOAR Innovation Summit 


Somerset Commonwealth Journal:

Life expectancy in eastern Ky lower than any other part of state 


Louisville Business First:


Why Interapt wants to train 50 people to code 



Watchdog: Wheeler Pushes “Universal Broadband Connectivity” While in Kentucky 






Five KCTCS colleges to participate in this week’s SOAR Innovation Summit in Pikeville 



SOAR Drives Innovation at 3rd Summit 


Morehead News:

SOAR Summit Brings Ideas and Possible Jobs


Miami Herald:

SOAR focuses on bringing faster internet to Eastern Kentucky


The Washington Times:

SOAR to focus on bringing high speed internet to east Kentucky


Harlan Daily:

Solutions for our Region