The 2021 SOAR Summit, presented by Appalachian Wireless and the Appalachian Regional Commission, is here! For the first time in our history, the SOAR Summit is being held in Corbin at the Corbin Arena.
Our event is the premier event of its kind in Appalachia — and that is because of you. We set the stage for Appalachia Kentucky to shine. The stories we share, the hope we embrace, and the ideas we unearth compel us to continue our collective efforts to shape a future across our region.
This year, you will join more than 1,400 change agents to share ideas, unearth opportunities, and to continue to shape a future across the region.
Our Steering Committee has worked alongside our team to make this an experience of a lifetime. We can’t wait to see you in Corbin!
We’ve made registration easy and seamless
Registration, sponsored by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, will be held in the main entrance of the Corbin Arena. Please look for signage in the front of the arena directing you to areas based upon the first letter of your last name. Once you’ve registered, you have access to the Exhibit Hall, Breakout Sessions, and Networking Lounge.
Download the SOAR Summit App
Please note on Apple devices, you’ll be prompted to click the arrow at the bottom of the screen to download the App. Android devices won’t have a prompt, but will still provide an option to download.
Where to park
No worries, there is plenty of parking onsite at the Corbin Arena with 1,500 spots. Please look for our parking attendants with blue shirts throughout the parking areas to assist you. Handicap parking is in the front of the Arena’s main entrance.
All you need to know about WiFi
We are proud to partner with Planet Earth PC to offer wifi connectivity at the Corbin Arena. It’s simple to connect. Just click the 2021 SOAR Summit network.
Exhibit Hall features more than 90 booths
The SOAR Summit Exhibit Hall, presented by Forcht Bank, is a favorite of attendees. That’s why we have expanded the hours for the Exhibit Hall and added the Summit’s first-ever Outdoor Exhibit Hall.
Exhibit Hall hours are:
- Wednesday, October 13
- 9 a.m. to noon
- 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Thursday, October 14
- 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Noon to 4 p.m.
Ditch the drive and take advantage of our Shuttle Service
We have complimentary Shuttle Service running throughout the day on Wednesday, October 13 for Breakout Sessions and the SOAR Summit Reception.
- Breakout Sessions
- Continuous Shuttles to and from the Corbin Arena and Shuttles will run on a continuous loop from the Corbin Arena and the Corbin Center from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Shuttles will pick up and drop off at the main entrances of the Corbin Arena and the Corbin Center.
- Shuttles will run on a continuous loop from the Corbin Arena to downtown Corbin for the SOAR Summit Reception from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Pick up and drop off will be at the Arena main entrance and 1st Street near Nibroc Park in downtown Corbin.
- There is very limited parking in downtown Corbin, and we encourage you to take advantage of the shuttle service.
Downtown Corbin is all yours for the SOAR Summit Reception
The SOAR Summit Reception, presented by Eastern Kentucky University and sponsored by Tipton and Tipton, will take place on Wednesday, October 13 at 6 p.m. in downtown Corbin. Corbin’s beautiful downtown is all yours as we host a night of music, fellowship, and fun. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served highlighting ingredients and other products from throughout Appalachia Kentucky, along with refreshments and a cash bar. Corbin’s downtown businesses and restaurants have extended hours to allow you to take in all Corbin has to offer.
Want to network? Take your conversation indoors at 2nd and Main, a beautiful meeting venue located just off Main Street.
The SOAR Summit Reception is a ticketed event. If you have not purchased a Reception ticket as part of your registration, you can do so at the On-Site Registration table in the main entrance of the Corbin Arena on Wednesday, October 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stay connected throughout the SOAR Summit
We encourage you to be a part of the conversation during the 2021 SOAR Summit on our social media channels.
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Take conversations to the next level in our Summit Networking Lounge
We encourage you to network, and that’s why we are proud to partner with Leadership Kentucky and BRIGHT Leadership Kentucky to provide a Networking Lounge for this year’s Summit. The lounge is a place to continue conversations, spark interest, and drive collaboration. The Networking Lounge is located on the Arena Concourse.
We can’t wait to see you in Corbin!
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