Goal is to find ways to improve Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2016) — This year’s Kentucky Regional Tour from Oct. 24-25 will concentrate on Eastern Kentucky. The program, revived in 2009 by Commerce Lexington, consists of leaders traveling Kentucky with the intention of listening and learning from the leaders in each of the cities and locations visited.
About 50 Central Kentucky leaders will explore topics of focus for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative, which includes broadband expansion, workforce development, entrepreneurship in the digital economy, healthcare, higher education, innovation, tourism and the cultivation of local leadership. Leaders will hear from community leaders and elected officials in each community to better understand areas of potential collaboration.
Visits are scheduled for Williamsburg, Manchester, Hazard, Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Paintsville and Salyersville. Stops include the U.S. Department of State Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Eastern Kentucky University’s Manchester Campus, Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Hazard, Pikeville City Hall, BitSource in Pikeville, the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, Interapt at Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Paintsvill and Logan Corporation in Salyersville.
The group will also hear from representatives of the University of Pikeville, Pikeville Medical Center and the Mountain Parkway expansion project.