East Kentucky Leadership Conference to focus on technology, entrepreneurship


Staff Report



MOREHEAD – The 2016 East Kentucky Leadership Conference, which will take place April 28-29 at Morehead State University, will explore how cutting-edge technology is reshaping the economic future of our region and creating new business opportunities.

The theme for the 29th annual EKLF conference is “The Next Big Thing Is Really Small.” Sessions will cover topics such as broadband, 3D printing, coding, welding, drones, building and managing brands, the process of distillation, entrepreneurship (including youth entrepreneurship) and building a digital future. Each session will be facilitated by professionals with substantial knowledge and experience in their respective topics.

On April 28, the conference will feature two intensive sessions. The first will be led by Jared Arnett, executive director of Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), who will present an update on SOAR’s latest projects. Following will be a discussion of KentuckyWired, an initiative to provide access to broadband internet throughout the state, hosted by Hilda Legg, consultant at Legg Strategies and Eric Mills, principal at CNX.

Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton will be the keynote speaker for the annual awards banquet honoring exemplary leaders from throughout the region. Friday’s closing luncheon will feature Department for Local Government Commissioner Sandra K. Dunahoo.

Audience participation will be encouraged throughout the conference. Those interested in attending can register online at alumni.moreheadstate.edu/ekyl. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

More information can be found on the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation website at eklf.org, or by contacting J. Marshall or Karen Cornett at the Center for Regional Engagement at cre@moreheadstate.edu or 606-783-9327.

Staff Report

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