Summit Showcase Applicants

Areas Served: SOAR Counties Online
Group Description: Last updated 04-16-2018

APPLICATION DEADLINE JUNE 30th! Anyone looking to showcase a solution at the summit should join this group and add their solution to the group! BE SURE TO READ THE LOGISTIC DETAILS AVAILABLE ON THE DOCUMENTS TAB IN THIS GROUP. Does your booth need Power, a certain size of a table, or have a large display you plan on setting up? No problem! There will be a supplemental survey emailed out to selected applicants to collect this information.

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Ecotherapy is an arena where recovering addicts are able to implement and refine the tools that are provided by their psychotherapists within their programs. During short day hikes, the clients participate in grounding techniques, conversations intent on self-awareness, and group discussion with in a 'safe-space' as well as quiet reflection time. These practices build healthy habits within progr...(Read More)
PROBLEM: The opioid epidemic in our region is demanding increased care from our treatment and rehabilitation centers. Recovery care must include support for mind, body and soul to keep our citizens sober and equipped for long term success. Such a broad goal requires creative solutions that are proven effective and can be easily accessed.
SOLUTION: CarolynE_GetOutside would like to partner with treatment and rehab facilities in the region to offer ecotherapy for recovering addicts. Ecotherapy, or encounters with nature for the purpose of healing, has been validated by psychologists and in practice as being effective in improving not only physical health but mood and emotional stability, as well as improving sense of self and purpose among those who practice.
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21st Century Skills and Leadership Development

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Our first 3 courses provide education on e-commerce, targeted social media reach, and general marketing techniques in the modern era. They help answer a lot of questions, explain the differences in a lot of the technical jargon, and present a set of best practices and methods. They de-mystify the process for owner/operators of small and business owners and entrepreneurs. The courses allow parti...(Read More)
PROBLEM: Employee training and vetting in the digital economy costs time, resources, and money. Business owners peridocially need to re-educate themselves on new methods, processes, and techniques in order to remain competitve.
SOLUTION: We have developed a e-learning platform that alleviates these challenges by providing simple but extensive answers. Any content can be made into a course.
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Education and Retraining Application Development

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Our advanced manufacturing incubator space is the first of its kind in Kentucky. It is the future of collaboration between education and business to expand our economy by creating high wage high demand jobs which will our residents from leaving the region. ...(Read More)
PROBLEM: Entry level positions for short term training needs of business and industry in five county service area of Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin and Floyd Counties.
SOLUTION: Work with local business and industry members to identify their training needs. Individually create and deliver curriculum needed to address today's business needs. In addition we provide advanced manufacturing incubator space to local companies looking to expand their footprint into our egion.
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Workforce Development 21st Century Workforce Development

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Kentucky Department of Agriculture helping Kentucky farmers and keeping Kentucky Agriculture growing...(Read More)
PROBLEM: People in the Appalachian counties of KY suffer from extreme poverty, high unemployment, and health issues tied to a shortage of fresh local foods. Farmers are capable of producing food products but don’t always have a convenient way to reach consumers. Many consumers have to travel long distances to find fresh foods, and they may not have a reliable means of transportation while others find the cost of fresh foods to be beyond their reach. Many residents in the Appalachian counties and other regions across the nation have little choice but to buy processed foods and foods with little to no nutritional value. A robust regional food system would help mitigate all of these challenges. Producers would have a means to sell their products and Consumers would have convenient sources of nutritious local foods, which would improve their health outcomes.
SOLUTION: The Kentucky Proud farm marketing program seeks to help family farmers and small food-producing businesses find markets for their products. Administered by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, Kentucky Proud is the official state brand for farm products raised, grown, processed, and/or manufactured in Kentucky. KDA marketing specialists work to develop supply lines of Kentucky Proud products from the farm to the retail shelf or the farmers’ market stand. Farmers’ markets have plenty of room to grow in eastern Kentucky, and the KDA offers many services to help them maximize their sales and profits. KDA staff travels the state to provide assistance and education to markets and vendors. The KDA helped many markets obtain Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) equipment that enables consumers to pay for their purchases with debit, credit, or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cards. KDA works very closely with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Food Safety Branch, and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to provide markets and consumers the most up-to-date information. The KDA launched Appalachia Proud in 2013. The Appalachia Proud logo designates farm products produced in 37 eastern Kentucky counties. In the spring of 2016, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles created the Kentucky Hunger Initiative and convened a task force of leaders in agriculture, government, business, education, and the faith community to seek solutions to food insecurity in Kentucky. As a result of the Hunger Initiative, the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation shielding businesses and individuals from legal liability when they donate food to a food bank, and in July, Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank announced that they would donate some 140 chest freezers to food pantries across the Commonwealth.
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Regional Food Systems Healthy Communities Agriculture

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Shaping stories is what we do, it’s who we are. Our team has more than 25 collective years in the editing, marketing, design, film, and comics industries. Our work has been featured in the Museum of Modern Art, Sundance, SXSW, Comic-Con International, NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, and on televisions nationwide in the form of deep-fried dancing goodness from an All-American fast food chain...(Read More)
PROBLEM: Eastern Kentucky is in and economic crisis. There are thousands of ideas of how to help and thousands more people that want to help. Unfortunately, actually exacting change on the area takes more than just an idea and the desire to help. Many of the programs that have started in the past 10 years in an attempt to solve our problems have failed to get off the ground because they didn’t have a clear vision of the program. Often the first step is the hardest to imagine and groups have failed to launch.
SOLUTION: Beekeep offers Onboarding, Branding, and workflow strategies for emerging Tech initiatives in the East Kentucky Region. We help to shape the ideas and resources that you have available and create a more concrete strategy to avoid false starts and wasted attempts. In addition to helping to shape the idea from the start we also help to plot your Branding Goals, Burn rates, Workflow, and even your ROI strategies.
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21st Century Workforce Development Broadband

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Through field staff in community planning and zoning, Landscape Architecture, Creative Placemaking and Economic Development, CEDIK is working with downtown merchants, community stakeholders, local leadership and residents to develop comprehensive solutions to downtown development in rural Southeastern communities....(Read More)
PROBLEM: Our region has been heavily impacted by a transitioning economy, with dramatic effects on energy sector workers, their families, and the communities they call home.
SOLUTION: The UK Community Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky has launched a 3 year, ARC funded Downtown Revitalization Project in the Promise Zone. It focuses on downtown networks, engaging local businesses and youth, public-private partnership, placemaking, and small town merchants. Communities that participate in this project can access funding to implement their resident-driven plans to revitalize downtown.
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