Friday, August 4, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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East Kentucky Exposition Center 
126 Main Street
Pikeville, KY 41501  

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SOAR Summit 17

2017: Now more than ever means ACTION. This is a Summit designed to support you, connect you to resources and partners to help you make a lasting change in your community. Please join Congressman Hal Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin for the 2017 SOAR Summit. Taking last year’s concept a step further, we will showcase solutions currently driving economic growth in the region centered around our seven areas of focus. 

The SOAR Summit 2017 will convene federal partners, funders, and support organizations while giving those in our region taking action access to these resources. This year, we also have a mini-grant program to provide the top projects with access to funding resources to help them expand their impact.  Details coming soon!

During the morning session, we will have the opportunity to hear from Congressman Hal Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin, then a series of short presentations from innovators implementing ACTION oriented solutions in the region. The afternoon will consist of optional breakouts and an Expo style experience where the focus will be on networking and showcasing the solutions that are underway as organized around the SOAR Blueprint for Economic Growth. The complete draft agenda is available here. 

Who Should Attend

This Summit is for everyone and anyone that is interested in taking action and impacting the future of Appalachia Kentucky. This includes entrepreneurs, students, volunteers, non-profit organization employees, local government employees, elected officials, employers, educators, community leaders, and YOU. SOAR is not about a select group solving all of our region's problems; it is about all of us coming together and taking action to grow our economy for our future and our children's future. This is a task that requires all of us.  We need everyone’s commitment to growing our communities, and the process of working together on these projects begins at the SOAR Summit 17.

Why You Should Attend

  • The Summit will showcase those working to improve the region and connect them to resources to have a greater impact.
  • Learn how to collaborate with other organizations and communities to have collective impact while maintaining local identity
  • Hear examples of success from those who have embraced innovative ideas
  • Network with local, regional, state, and federal officials along with private industry leaders
  • Gain understanding on how your community can compete for state and federal grants
  • Be a part of the movement and network that refuses to accept the risk of doing nothing
  • Local Tourism is planning an entire weekend of discounted events and activities around the Summit! Be sure and extend your stay over the weekend to take advantage of these activities! Click here for more information


Register to Attend the Summit

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Apply to Showcase your Solutions

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If you have any questions please contact SOAR at info@soar-ky.org or call 606-766-1160. 

*SOAR has scholarship opportunities avalable that can help cover the registration fee. Please contact SOAR for more information.