Shaping Our Appalachian Region:
SOAR Summit

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Shaping Our Appalachian Region

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)

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

Panel 2: Emerging Regional Innovation (30:50)

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)

Conference Moderator Chuck Fluharty, President, Rural Policy Research Institute (17:38)

Innovation Success in Another Mining Region (11 am)

Joe and Tony Sertich,
Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board, Minnesota

Bill Goodman Interviews (11:45 am-noon)

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, and Senate President Robert Stivers (11:26)

Breakout 'Regional Opportunity' Discussion:
Job Creation and Retention (1-3 pm)

Panel discussion with comments and questions from the audience. (120 min)

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)

Reports from breakout sessions on the following topics: (45:47)

  • Job Creation and Retention
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • 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

Legislative Panel Discussion/Reflections (4-4:40 pm)

Regional legislators talk about the summit, ideas presented, and the future. (31:23)

Commitments to One Another and to Our Region (4:40-5 pm)

Speakers are Governor Beshear and Congressman Rogers. (29:33)