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SOAR Summit 2020

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· Virtual Exhibit Hall
Virtual Exhibit Hall Opens
Take this time to visit booths and network with one another before the main event tomorrow!
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· Stage
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· Virtual Exhibit Hall
2020 SOAR Summit is OPEN!
Take this time to visit booths and network with one another before we go to the main stage for our speakers.
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· Stage
Welcoming Remarks
Invocation and welcome from Special Guests.
Dr. Mark Newman Donovan Blackburn Kimberly McCann Tim Thomas Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers Governor Andy Beshear
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· Stage
The Summit in YOUR town!
Join us as we travel across east KY visiting YOUR projects in YOUR community!
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· Stage
Message from Rajant Corporation
Video from Bob Schena of Rajant Corporation welcoming participants.
Bob Schena
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· Breakout Sessions
Innovation in K-12 Education
By: Dr. James Davis, Principal at the Laurel Center for Innovation Danny Adkins, Superintendent of Floyd County Schools Dr. Jim Evans, KEDC (Moderator)
Jim  Evans Danny Adkins James M. Davis
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· Breakout Sessions
Landing Venture Capital in Appalachia Kentucky
Jonathan Webb, CEO and Founder or AppHarvest; Bob Helton, Exec Director of Morehead-Rowan Co EDC; Brooklyn Leep, KY Cabinet for Economic Develop
Brooklyn Leep Jonathan Webb Bob Helton
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· Breakout Sessions
Last-Mile Broadband Deployment
Jamie Link, Exec. Dir. of KCNA; Lonnie Lawson, Pres. and CEO of Center for Rural Development; Richard Taylor, SVP of Center for Rural Development Moderator
Jamie Link Lonnie Lawson Richard Taylor
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· Breakout Sessions
New Funding Opportunities
Dennis Keene, Comm. for KY DLG; Hilda Legg, USDA Rural Development; Rebecca Goodman, Sec of the Energy and Environment Cabinet
Rebecca Goodman Dennis Keene Hilda Legg Mieka Sanderson
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· Breakout Sessions
Second-Chance Employment
Matt Brown, SVP Administration Addiction Recovery Care; Ashley McCarty, Business Liaison KY Chamber Workforce Ctr; Nancy Hale, Pres./CEO Operation UNITE (Mod)
Matt Brown Ashley  McCarty Nancy Hale
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· Stage
More of YOUR projects!
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Bob Schena

CEO & Co-Founder of Rajant Corporation

Brooklyn Leep

KY Cabinet for Economic Development

Jim Evans

KEDC (Moderator)

James M. Davis

Principal at the Laurel Center for Innovation

Danny Adkins

Superintendent of Floyd County Schools

Jamie Link

Executive Director Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA)

Jonathan Webb

Founder and CEO of AppHarvest

Bob Helton

Executive Director of Morehead-Rowan Co Economic Development Council

Mieka Sanderson

Business & Workforce Analyst at Appalachian Regional Commission (Moderator)

Nancy Hale

President and CEO of Operation UNITE (Moderator)

Ashley McCarty

Business Liaison at Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center

Matt Brown

SVP of Administration at Addiction Recovery Care

Hilda Legg

USDA Rural Development State Director

Dennis Keene

Commissioner for the Department for Local Government

Rebecca Goodman

Secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet

Richard Taylor

Senior Vice President of the Center for Rural Development (Moderator)

Lonnie Lawson

President and CEO of the Center for Rural Development

Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers

US Congressman, KY's 5th District; SOAR Principal Officer

Dr. Mark Newman

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, UK HealthCare

Donovan Blackburn

Pikeville Medical Center CEO/VP Board of Directors; SOAR Treasurer

Tim Thomas

ARC Federal Co-Chairman

Governor Andy Beshear

Governor, State of Kentucky; SOAR Principal Officer

Kimberly McCann

SOAR Executive Board Chair

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Shaping Our Appalachian Region Inc. (SOAR)

We host convenings to support a network of partners implementing our Blueprint for the Future of Appalachia.

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Pikeville Medical Center

Pikeville Medical Center

UK HealthCare

UK HealthCare

Appalachian Wireless

East Kentucky Network

Explore Appalachia

Explore Appalachia presented by Ale-8-One

Morehead State University

Space Science Center

Teleworks USA

Building a 21st Century Workforce in the Digital Economy

Operation UNITE

Creating Hope and Changing the Culture

Community Trust Bank

building communities...built on trust.

Rajant Corporation

Industrial Wireless Networks Unleashed



The Holler Creative

The Holler Creative

Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc.

There is a Future in Appalachia

Kentucky Proud

Appalachia Proud

Passport Health Plan


Working Together for a Planet of Plenty

KY HELP Statewide Call Center


Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc.


Addiction Recovery Care

Opportunity. Hope. Destiny.

Kentucky SBDC

Helping small business owners to start their business, fund their business and grow their business.

GED: A Way Up

GED: A Way Up

University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health

Mission: To improve the health and wellbeing of rural Kentuckians

The Kentucky Wildlands

Elevate Your Play

Achievement in Career Engagement Presented by KEDC

Achievement in Career Egagement (ACE) Presented by KEDC

Governor's School for Entrepreneurs

Governor's School for Entrepreneurs: The Experience of a Lifetime

Beattyville/Lee County "Downtown & Adventure"

Beattyville/Lee County "Downtown & Adventure"


Floyd County School of Innovation

Ashland Community and Technical College

Learn Fast... Work Fast...

Mountain Enterprises

The construction Industry Careers and Innovation Partnership

Reppin 2 Recovery

Fit and Free

Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation

Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands

Protecting the public from health and safety problems caused by mining that occurred prior to 1982

Eastern Telephone & Technologies

Bringing Broadband & Technologies to Eastern Kentucky

Somerset Community College

Showcasing: Additive Manufacturing & Aviation Maintenance

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

21st Century Workforce

Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Backroads of Appalachia, Inc.

Workforce development through Motorsports!

USA Drone Port

USA Drone Port

Isaiah House Treatment Center

Real Hope For Addiction

Appalachian Manufacturing Initiative

Appalachian Manufacturing Initiative

Bit Source

Digital: Innovation, Transformation, Enablement

The Neighborhood

We Are Better Together!

Red Bird Mission

Celebrating a Century

Kentucky River District Health Department

Prevent. Promote. Protect

Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky

Appalachian Kentucky's STEM Connection

Union College

Online & Graduate Studies

StayOver Cabin Rental

Cozy Cabins with Complimentary Concierge

KY Horticulture Council

Supporting horticulture in Kentucky

Slope Masters

A remote controlled mower like you’ve never seen before.

Alice Lloyd College

Alice Lloyd College

Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission

History. Hospitality. Adventure.

Volunteers of America Mid-States

Hope and Recovery in Southeastern KY

Teach For America Appalachia

Teach For America Appalachia

Kinetic by Windstream

Kinetic by Windstream is your local internet & technology solutions provider. We connect you with the best products and services to keep you connected to the world and your customers.

Kentucky Comeback

Hope, Healing, and a Fair Chance

Digital Careers NOW

Train Here, Stay Here


Designing for Appalachia's Future


Journal of Appalachian Health

Laurel County Schools Center For Innovation

Providing 21st Century Career & Technical Education to students in Laurel County.


Gearheart Communications

"Better Broadband Means Better Lives"

Kentucky Center for Agriculture & Rural Development

Learn about new AgVets & Local Food Initiative!

Pikeville Tourism

Pikeville, KY: Let the Mountains Move You

Eastern Kentucky University

Education and Training to Create a 21st Century Workforce


Fahe is Building the American Dream

Horizon Health KY

Kentucky River Area Development District

Kentucky River Area Devlopment District - ADDing Up Progress for Over 50 Years

Morehead-Rowan County Tourism

Find your Adventure!

Bus to Business

Bringing classrooms to careers.

Prestonsburg Tourism

The Star City

FOUR18 Intelligence Corp.

Jumpstarting Eastern Kentucky's Future in Cybersecurity

Letcher County Tourism

Discover Letcher County

Tree of the Field


Miller's Amish Bakery

Fresh baked goods in Appalachia

Appalachian Apparel

Don't be average, be Appalachian

Goat Milk Country Soaps

Handmade Specialty Soaps

Pikeville Area YMCA

Our Purpose is Deeper than a Pool

University of the Cumberlands

One of Kentucky's Most Affordable Universities

University of Pikeville


Mountain Association

Mountain Association - Building A New Economy, Together.

New Frontier Outfitters

Made for the Journey

Phillips Diversified Manufacturing

Premier Regional Contract Manufacturer

Bell County Tourism

Bell County Tourism: Live Like Nature Intended


Youth STEM Apprenticeships

Benham Schoolhouse Inn

Benham Schoolhouse Inn

Hope in the Mountains

Treating Addiction through a Trauma Enhanced Lens


Let's Do Business Better

Be Boss Online

Be Boss Online - Digital Marketing Training

Buckhorn Children & Family Services

Providing a sanctuary of health, healing and hope to at-risk children, youth and families.

Monticello-Wayne County

Lake, Adventure, Nature & History

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky

Appalachian Challenge Academy

Appalachian Challenge Academy

OpenFiber Kentucky

Connecting Kentucky's Future

Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc. - The Healthcare System of Appalachia

Maysville Community & Technical College

College for the Real World

Print My Threads

You deserve a better shirt

4-C Innovations

Advanced Manufacturer

E & E Brokerage

International Shoe Broker

Red Oaks Forest School


The Butcher's Pub

Great service, food, spirits, and entertainment!

Crase Family Companies

Hall's The Original Snappy Beer Cheese

Dragonfly Outdoor Adventures

Gateway to the great outdoors


Built for the Challenge

Mitchell Foods

Chili Mix - Hot Dog Topping Since 1929

The Gypsy Forge

Artistic pieces inspired by meandering brambles

Old Homeplace Farm


P&P Creative

Branding & Web Design for Community-Driven Organizations

Kentucky Moonbow

Unique food and retail experiences

Shebrews Coffee and Bookstore

Coffee Shop, Bookstore and Restaurant

Dragonfly Outdoor Yoga

Yoga Studio


Bakery and Cafe

Pretty and Poised

Womens Apparel and Accessories

Carter County Post

We support fresh, local stories at sunrise

Tipper Valley Farm

Natural Goat Milk Products

Green Bling

Recycled Jewelry

Authors are Entrepreneurs

Digital Publishing in the 21st Century

Savage Farms

Producer of Maple Products and Wine

Mr Tibbs Trading Company

International Food and Unique Gifts

Friends of Boone Trace, Inc.

Boone Trace Adventures


State-Run Fiber Optic Cable Network

Galen College of Nursing

We change the life of one to care for the lives of many.

Piccoli Horses

Toy & App, love and kindness


Plant Based Products

Best Edutainment

Educational, Engaging, Entertaining

Meridzo Center - The Farm


Meridzo Center - Lynch

Helping People and Sharing Jesus

Startup Appalachia

Startup Resource Guide and Pitch Competition


Accelerator and Pitch Contest

Big Sandy Community & Technical College

East Kentucky Oral Health Training Center

A1 Implements

Weeding Machine

Headwaters, Inc.

Investing in Appalachia's Future!

CHI Saint Joseph Health

We are dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system.