Prestonsburg, Ky.- The 25th annual East Kentucky Leadership Conference will convene April 26th and 27th in Prestonsburg attracting leaders from throughout eastern Kentucky. The East Kentucky Leadership Foundation has been instrumental in providing a forum for discussing educational, economic, environmental, and social agendas for all citizens of the region. The goal is to make everyone a speaker and a listener. Leaders from all walks of life attend the conference. It gives grassroots leadership the opportunity to be in an equal forum with elected and appointed political, educational, and economic development leadership. The foundation board believes that citizens from all walks of life can make contributions and must work together with leaders to resolve the issues facing the region.
According to John Rosenberg, Prestonsburg, conference program chair, this year’s program offers sessions covering a wide array of topics relevant to eastern Kentuckians. The early bird sessions on Thursday at the Mountain Arts Center include a networking session for women and a session led by students from Big Sandy Community & Technical College’s Honors Course. Also, a workshop on preparing proposals for the ARC Flex grant program is scheduled as well as the conference’s intensive session on economic development titled: “Transformational Ideas for the East Kentucky Economy”.
A highlight of the conference is the recognition of leaders who have made a contribution to the region. The East Kentucky Leadership Foundation Awards Showcase will honor Public Individual, Gwenda Adkins – Cooperative Extension Agent, Elliott County; Private Individual, Dennis & Jean Dorton – Paintsville; Organization, East Kentucky Science Center – BSCTC Campus, Prestonsburg; Culture & Arts, Mountain Arts Center – Prestonsburg; Media, Licking Valley Courier– West Liberty; Tony Turner Award – Mike Mullins (posthumously).
The foundation board also recognizes the importance of involving youth as future leaders. The students from the Big Sandy Community & Technical College’s Honors Course will be actively participating in this year’s conference program with a presentation on Friday morning.
Friday’s concurrent session topics at the Big Sandy Community & Technical College campus include discussion on the future of energy, K-12 education, community foundations, drug rehabilitation, Appalachian research and development, challenges in health care, and the proposal for a public university in Eastern Kentucky.
Everyone is encouraged to attend. Program details, agenda, and online registration is available at http://www.eastkentuckyleadership.org.