KVEC Educonomy Summit for Appalachia: Visionary Thinking and Doing

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KVEC Educonomy Summit:

Education, Workforce, Economic Development

 Visionary Thinking and Doing

#KVEC Educonomy Summit attracted over 200 eastern Kentuckians

Over 200 persons attended the first “KVEC Educonomy Summitt: Education, Workforce, and Economic Development” in Hazard, KY. on September 16, 2016. Another 250 persons from eight states watched the broadcast live event.

The KY Valley Educational cooperative (KVEC) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) sponsored the conference which can be viewed in its entirety in early October on the www.theholler.org.

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Ron Daley presenting award to Jay Williams, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Director of the Economic Development Administration

 K-12 students joined Jay Williams, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director of the Economic Development Administration and KY Secretary of Education and Workforce Cabinet Hal Heiner as speakers and panelists. Business, educational, political and community leaders, youth, and interested citizens explored and shared ideas building the New Economy/Creative Economy, promoting entrepreneurism, and expanding local businesses.

The theme of the event was “growing the economy through innovation, entrepreneurism, and collaboration” showcased work in K-12 schools and throughout the region.

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Hazard HS student Taylor Williams with KY Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Hal Heiner after addressing the KVEC Educonomy Summit

The panels included: Using technology and education to grow the economy; Tiny Houses and housing for job creation; Art in community and economic development; Business/ entrepreneurs – so you want to start or grow your business; Agriculture/aqua-culture – Growing foods and fish to grow jobs and communities; Tourism – Using our natural resources and talents to grow the economy; Youth, Technology and Entrepreneurism; and organizations promoting entrepreneurism throughout the region (Kevin Loux (SOAR), Sandi Curd (Promise Zone), Dr. David Snow (KY Innovation Network – Pikeville); Jerry Rickett (KY Highlands Investment Corp)and, and. Paul Wright (MACED).

Over 30 kvec-signorganizations and institutions participated in the event. A conference report will be prepared in October. For more information contact ron.daley@kctcs.edu.

KVEC is the oldest K-12 cooperative in the Commonwealth and presently serves 19 school districts in 14 counties.


KVEC Educonomy Summit:

Education, Workforce, Economic Development

 Visionary Thinking and Doing

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Hosted by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC)

and the Appalachian Innovations Collaborative

And co-sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) 

September 16, 2016

First Federal Center

Hazard Community and Technical College

 

Agenda

9:00 –  Welcome to college by HCTC President Dr. Jennifer Lindon

 

Vision for the day – Ron Daley, Strategic Partner Lead, KY Valley Educational Cooperative

 

Digital Promise video “Appalachia Rising”

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9:15 – 9:45 Hal Heiner, KY Secretary of the Education and Workforce Cabinet

 

9:45 – 10:30   KVEC Educonomy Summit Opening panel (Tom Eblen, Paul Green, Natasha Watts, Bruce Parsons, Taylor Williams – Hazard HS student)

 

10:30 – 11:15   Using Technology and Education to Grow the Economy panel

 

11:15 – 11:20 Break/Networking

 

11:20 -12:00  Breakouts (3 options)

  1. Technology and technology continued;
  2. Tiny Houses and housing for job creation;
  3. Art in community and economic development)

 

12:00 – 1 Working Lunch and Speaker

 

12:30 – Jay Williams, Assistant of U.S. Secretary of Commerce, director of the Economic Development Administration (EDA)

 

1:10 p.m. Digital Promise video Silicon Holler: Training Students for the New Economy, Here in Appalachia (4:22)

 

1:15- 1:45 Panel of Regionalism and Entrepreneurism: Including Jared Arnett (SOAR), Sandi Curd (Promise Zone), Dr. David Snow (KY Innovation Network – Pikeville); Jerry Rickett (KY Highlands Investment Corp)and, Paul Wright (MACED)

 

1:45 – 2:30 Panel “Youth, Technology and Entrepreneurism)

 

2:30 – 3:30  Breakouts (4 options)

1 “Business/ entrepreneurs – so you want to start or grow your business” *

  1. “Un-Conference – pick your own topic – variety of job growth possibilities”
  2. “Agriculture/aqua-culture – Growing foods and fish to grow jobs and communities”
  3. “Tourism – Using our natural resources and talents to grow the economy”

 

3:30   Closing comments

 

 

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