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SOAR Strategy Summit Rescheduled

Make plans to attend 2nd public summit in Pikeville May 11

The 2015 SOAR Strategy Summit has been rescheduled for May 11 at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville. The original summit, planned for Feb.  16, was canceled due to a snowstorm that blanketed much of Kentucky with up to a foot of snow.

Nearly 1,000 people preregistered for the SOAR Summit, titled “Creating Our Future: Regional Strategies for Growth and Development,” and those registrations will be honored for the new date. Those who cannot attend the May 11 event may submit a request for a refund online at  A new registration page will be completed soon, so people who plan to attend the rescheduled date may sign up.


“Safety was the No. 1 factor in our decision to postpone the SOAR Summit,” said Jared Arnett, executive director of SOAR. “In May, we can capitalize on warmer weather and come together, ready to take action on the important projects and ideas that will shape the future of our region. The agenda will have some slight changes, but the integrity of the event will remain intact. In fact, it is my hope that we gain momentum with a groundswell of eastern Kentuckians determined to be a part of this historic effort for our hometowns.”


Who Should Attend

Everyone who wants to be part of the SOAR Solution, including entrepreneurs, students, volunteers, nonprofit employees, local government employees, parents, elected officials, employers, educators and community leaders, is invited to attend the second SOAR Summit. 


“We need everyone’s commitment to grow our communities and work together as a region, so we want as many voices as possible at our upcoming Summit,” said Arnett.


The Summit is designed to help citizens and community leaders:

  • learn how to work together with other organizations and communities to have collective impact while maintaining local identity;

  • draw lessons from examples of success in communities who have taken this approach;

  • network with local, regional, state and federal officials along with private industry leaders; and

  • improve community competitiveness for state and federal grants.


Visit for upcoming details about the Summit.


Event Details

Second SOAR Summit

Creating Our Future: Regional Strategies for Growth and Development

Monday, May 11, 2015

Registration at 8 a.m., program runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

East Kentucky Expo Center

126 Main St.

Pikeville, Kentucky