Thursday April 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT
Friday April 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT

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The Center for Rural Development 
2292 South Highway 27
Somerset, KY 42501

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The Center for Rural Development 
The Center for Rural Development 

Transforming Crisis to Opportunity 

This year's EKL Conference will be one that you won't want to miss.  The conference will focus on topics that were presented at the SOAR conference.  

Agenda for the conference:   

Thursday, April 24 at The Center for Rural Development

 8:00 am—5:00 pm          Registration

 10:00 am—12:00 pm      Early Bird Sessions

- Applying for ARC Flex-E-Grants

- Work Ready Communities

 11:00 am—12:00 pm      Early Bird Sessions

- East Kentucky Women in Leadership:   Romance vs. Reality

- Resources for East Kentucky Entrepreneurs

 12:00 pm—1:00 pm Networking Lunch

 1:00 pm—4:00 pm Intensive Session

From Crisis to Opportunity:  SOAR Takes Off

 5:30 pm—6:00 pm Reception

 6:00 pm Dinner

 6:30 pm Welcome & Special Recognitions

Peter Hille, EKLF Board Chair

Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO,   The Center for Rural Development

 Keynote Speaker

Governor Steve Beshear (invited)

 6:55 pm Awards Ceremony

John Rosenberg

Dee Davis

 7:00 pm EKLF Awards Showcase

Hosted by Neil Middleton, WYMT

Friday, April 25

The Center for Rural Development

 7:30 am—8:30 am Registration and Breakfast

 8:15 am—8:30 am Welcome

                                   Eddie Girdler, Mayor of Somerset

                                   Barty Bullock, Pulaski County Judge Executive                     

 8:30 am—9:15 am  Opening Session

Inspiring a Shared Vision:   Youth Engagement

 9:30 am—10:45 am      Concurrent Sessions 1

 10:45 am—11:00 am Break

 11:00 am—12:15 pm  Concurrent Sessions 2

 12:30 pm—1:30 pm Luncheon

 Special Guest:   Congressman Hal Rogers

 Keynote —Appalachian Capitalism

David C. Wilhelm, Chief Strategy Officer, Hecate Energy

 Door Prizes—must be present to win!


Keeping SOAR Flying:  Federal & State Initiatives

Entrepreneurship—Helping Small Businesses Soar

Next Generation Technology:  Super I-Way

Race to the Top:  The Changing Face of K12 Education in Eastern KY

Tourism and the Arts:  Marketing our Mountain Wonderland