Kentucky Press News Service
FRANKFORT – Building on the success of the first SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) summit held just over one year ago, the upcoming “strategy summit” features an agenda that includes the U.S. labor secretary and the head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Topics include sessions on working with federal partners and translating broadband into economic success. U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez and Michael Botticelli, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, are scheduled to speak to participants.
The daylong summit Feb. 16 at the East Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville begins with registration at 8 a.m. and an opening session at 9, according to a state news release.
Registration is available online for $10 until Feb. 11; on-site registration is $15. A full summit agenda for Creating Our Future: Regional Strategies for Growth and Development is below, and is also available on the SOAR website, soar-ky.org.
Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers began the SOAR initiative in late 2013 to address economic issues in the region, build on strengths and find community-generated solutions to chronic challenges. Breakout sessions will offer participants information on tourism as an economic driver, recruiting industry and building entrepreneurship, coding, local food, community health and much more.
For more information about SOAR, visit soar-ky.org and follow SOAR activities on Facebook @ShapingOurAppalachianRegion and on Twitter @SOAR_EKY.
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