Local storyteller to be featured at SOAR Innovation Summit

Staff Report

PIKEVILLE — Local storyteller and retired professor, Richard Crowe, will be featured for his innovative solution to negate negative stereotypes and perceptions of the Kentuckians at the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Innovation Summit, June 6 at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.

SOAR welcomes anyone interested in making a difference to the day-long event that will showcase those in the region who are creating innovative solutions to solve persistent challenges. The Summit will highlight eight areas of innovation; Regional Food Systems, Entrepreneurship in the Digital Economy, Industrial Development, Energy and Natural Resources, 21st Century Skills and Leadership Development, Broadband Expansion, Kentucky’s Appalachia: Becoming a Destination and Healthy Communities.

Crowe’s solution of, “Telling stories that makes us proud Kentuckians,” aligns with the Kentucky’s Appalachia: Becoming a Destination area of innovation which focuses on promoting region as a tourism destination.

Some of Crowe’s most notable stories include James Still, the writer from Knott County, the tallest couple that ever lived from Letcher County and Happy Chandler from Henderson County.

Crowe will be among many featured innovators at the SOAR Innovation Summit.

For more information about the SOAR Innovation Summit and how you can register visit www.soar-ky.org

SOAR is a network of our Appalachia that unites 54 counties worth of talent enabling the people to shape the future of the region and it is driven by action like Richard Crowe’s storytelling. SOAR is us; creating these innovations and solving problems to make a better future for our region.

Staff Report

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