The SOAR Summit makes its return to Pikeville! Appalachia’s premier event, presented by Appalachian Wireless and the Appalachian Regional Commission, will be held on October 19-20 at the Appalachian Wireless Arena.
“We are excited to bring the SOAR Summit back to Pikeville,” said SOAR Executive Director Colby Hall. “Our team is putting together a great two days of programming that will leave people empowered and inspired.”
To kick off the first official Summit communication, we are offering a special. For $85, you can attend the Summit and the first-ever SOAR EKY Gala for just $85. That’s a savings of $50. The Gala will be held on January 26 at the Mountain Arts Center. Register now to lock in this special rate. If you can’t attend both events, you can register for the SOAR Summit only.
Charting a course for the next 10 years
This year’s Summit will have a specific focus on the SOAR Blueprint, casting a strategic vision, and setting actionable objectives and goals to move the region forward over the next decade.
“We’ve made significant strides,” added Hall. “This work has brought us to this moment to lay the strategic framework to specific goals and objectives that will help us advance our region and create opportunities now and for generations to come.”
Over the past year, we’ve worked to create content to support communities, businesses, and organizations across the region. These eBooks align with our Blueprint and provide practical steps to take the first big step to drive action in communities.
Our eBooks include:
- The Complete Guide for Entrepreneurship in Eastern Kentucky
- The Remote Work Playbook for Eastern Kentucky Leaders
- The Grants 101 Playbook for Eastern Kentucky
- Essential Guide to Destination Tourism in Eastern Kentucky
- The Eastern Kentucky Healthcare Action Plan
- The 2022 Manual for writing and winning Broadband Grants
Building on the momentum
Last year, the SOAR Summit attracted more than 1,400 attendees at the Corbin Arena. Check out a replay of the Summit plenary session, as well as other feature videos, on our YouTube channel.
Earlier this year, we launched a series of smaller and topic-specific events in Ashland and Hazard. In Ashland, we discussed tourism and downtown revitalization with more than 650 attendees from 12 states and 55 Kentucky counties. In June, we held a Focus Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Hazard. This attracted more than 320 attendees from 45 Kentucky counties and eight states. Each event was presented by Kentucky Power.
We aren’t letting up
We’ve made so much progress, but there’s still much to do. That starts with you. Register for both events or just the Summit now!