SOAR Events

Join us for our first-ever EKY Gala

Register for our first-ever SOAR EKY Gala, presented by Kentucky Power, and celebrate all those making a difference across Eastern Kentucky. 

Join us on April 29 at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.  Walk the red carpet, enjoy a reception and networking, and an awards ceremony highlighting the stars of our region. 

Meet Our Instructor

Melissa Vermillion is among 12 people in Kentucky to earn the  Grant Professional Certification through the Grant Professionals Certification. In her role as Director of Grants and Contracts at Hazard Community and Technical College, she has successfully written grants totaling more than $34 million.

Introduction to Grant Writing and Federal Grants

Join us for a Grants 101 and 201 Workshops. This hands-on introduction to grant writing will provide the steps and resources to compete and secure grant dollars.  

Registration is just $25.

A limited number of scholarships are available.

Email for more information.

May 18-19, 2023
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
404 Pavilion
404 Main Street
Paintsville, KY 41240

2022 Summit By The Numbers


The 2023 SOAR Summit will return to Corbin

We are proud to announce that the 2023 SOAR Summit will be held in Corbin at The Corbin Arena. Corbin was the host city of the 2021 SOAR Summit.

SOAR Summit attracts more than 1,400 in Pikeville

The SOAR Summit, presented by Appalachian Wireless and the Appalachian Regional Commission, returned to Pikeville on October 19-20 at the Appalachian Wireless Arena.

Appalachia’s Premier Event delivered once again with more than 100 exhibitors and attendees from 60 Kentucky counties and 15 states.

Focus Summit sells out in Hazard

Our Focus Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation is in the books. And it was a sellout!

The Focus Summit, by Kentucky Power and KY Innovation, attracted more than 320 people to Hazard, the Queen City of Eastern Kentucky. 

Here is a replay of our plenary sessions from Hazard Community and Technical College’s First Federal Center.

SOAR Mini Summit attracts more than 650 attendees

Our first-ever Mini Summit is in the books!

The Mini Summit, presented by Kentucky Power, attracted more than 650 people from six states, 48 Kentucky counties, and 32 of Kentucky’s 54 Appalachian counties. 

Here is a replay of our plenary session from the Paramount Arts Center.

The 2021 SOAR Summit was record breaking

Hosted for the first time ever by the city of Corbin, KY — and returning to an in-person format — 2021’s event was one for the history books.


Re-watch the 2021 event

The 2021 SOAR Summit brought together local residents and businesses, elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and other change agents across Appalachia. It focused on issues and activities important to our region including broadband, grants, workforce opportunities, and entrepreneurship.

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