Shaping Our Appalachian Region:
Information about a plan of work for 2014, a calendar of upcoming meetings and events, regional success stories, and up-to-date news is available at the SOAR Kentucky website: soar-ky.org.
Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
East Kentucky Expo Center, Pikeville
Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers hosted a summit with hundreds of citizens from across the region to share ideas about how to move Kentucky's Appalachian region forward.
KET provided all-day coverage of the summit.
A one-hour program covering highlights from the conference was produced by KET and aired on KET Monday night, Dec. 9, at 8 pm ET. Watch the Highlights program.
Watch the first half of the day-long summit, covering the opening remarks on through to the lunch break. (186 min)
Watch the second half, covering the job creation/retention discussion, reports from the breakout sessions, and closing reflections and statements. (254 min)
Click on the links below to watch video segments from the conference.
Opening General Session: Shaping Our Appalachian Region
Welcome and Conference Charge (9 am)
- Gov. Steve Beshear (8:44)
- U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (17:43)
- Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo (4:54)
- Senate President Robert Stivers (4:01)
Giving Voice to Appalachian Kentucky's Future (9:30 am)
Panel 1: Youth Leading the Way (16:03)
Panelists: Andrew Abbott, Morehead State University student body president; Brandon Pennington, Executive Director of Harlan Tourist and Convention Commission; Jennifer Noble, owner Treehouse Café and Bakery in Hazard
Jeff Whitehead, Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program; Ron Daley, Hazard Community and Technical College and the Kentucky Work-Ready Program; Audrey Sniezek of Microsoft
Framing the Regional Challenge and Opportunity (10:30 am)
Innovation Success in Another Mining Region (11 am)
Bill Goodman Interviews (11:45 am-noon)
Breakout 'Regional Opportunity' Discussion:
Job Creation and Retention (1-3 pm)
Panelists: Former Gov. Paul Patton of the University of Pikeville; Jared Arnett of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; Larry Hayes of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development; Danny VanHoose of Appalachian Wireless.
Reports from Opportunity Discussions (3:15-4 pm)
- Job Creation and Retention
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Public and Private Investment
- Tourism (includes Natural Resources, Culture and Arts, Community and Regional Foods)
- Regional Collaboration and Identity
- Leadership Development and Youth Engagement
- Lifelong Learning
- Health/Biotechnology/Human Services