64 Eastern Kentucky teachers to participate in STEM-based education initiative

Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers kicked off a STEM-based education program Monday through SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region).

The program encourages teachers to be trained in STEM education through National Board Certification. STEM focuses on learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. The goal is for educators to prepare students for the workforce.

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SOAR launches STEM-based education, workforce initiative

Educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts have kicked off an education initiative aimed at building a STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by creating new opportunities for teachers through National Board Certification.

They were joined by Gov. Steve Beshear and Rep. Hal Rogers, co-chairmen of SOAR – Shaping Our Appalachian Region, in a ceremony July 20 at Clay County High School in Manchester.

Morehead State University has partnered with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Council on Postsecondary Education, the University of Pikeville, the Department for Local Government and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to provide 64 teachers in 22 of the highest unemployment, highest poverty SOAR counties with National Board teaching certification. The selected teachers started the three-year program earlier this month.

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SOAR Kicks Off STEM-Based Education, Workforce Initiative

Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, co-chairs of SOAR – Shaping Our Appalachian Region, joined educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts today at Clay County High School to help kick-off an education initiative aimed at building a STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce by creating new opportunities for teachers through National Board Certification.

Morehead State University has partnered with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Council on Postsecondary Education, University of Pikeville, Department for Local Government and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to provide 64 teachers in 22 of the highest unemployment, highest poverty SOAR counties with National Board Teaching Certification (NBTC). The selected teachers started the three-year program earlier this month.

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East Kentucky Power Cooperative becomes first utility organization in the nation to sign on with StateBook International

East Kentucky Power Cooperative becomes first utility organization in the nation to sign on with StateBook International

16 Regional Power Cooperatives Representing 87 Counties Joins First Online Marketplace for Economic Development and Corporate Site Selection

Winchester, KY – October 20, 2014 – CEO Tony Campbell today announced that East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) and its 16 owner-member electric cooperatives have become the first utilities in the nation to sign with StateBook International. The multiyear agreement will provide the co-ops, which serve more than 1 million people in 87 Kentucky counties, with access to the StateBook platform in promotion of economic development sites in their communities.

StateBook is the first online marketplace to unite economic development organizations (EDOs), site selectors and communities nationwide in the site-selection process for business locations of both domestic and international firms. Partnering with SelectUSA, the federal government entity charged with showcasing the United States as the world’s premier business location, StateBook provides the perfect access point for site selectors trying to locate the best possible sites for business opportunities.

Calandra Cruickshank, president of StateBook International, states, “Our platform is the first to aggregate the more than 20,000 data points relevant to site selection decision to help businesses identify sustainable communities for their headquarters, manufacturing facilities and more. By factoring in elements like workforce, taxes, infrastructure, utility costs, incentives and quality of life, StateBook’s offering EDOs like our charter members the chance to complement those statistical data points with their proprietary information to better position their locales for investment.”

“Statebook allows our communities and cooperatives an opportunity to show people unfamiliar with what the Bluegrass State has to offer a platform that reflects that Kentucky is open for business. Statebook is the perfect showcase to demonstrate what great locations exist in our territories featuring details concerning sites, community, workforce and any other information site selectors need in finding the perfect site.” – Rodney Hitch, Director of Economic Development efforts for East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

“Our electric cooperatives and communities will be able to upload their own information, photos and more to communicate the unique benefits of their region to site selectors, complementing the StateBook statistical and data tools. Research shows that more than 90 percent of site-selection decisions are made online before economic development staff members are ever contacted; StateBook provides a powerful tool for our communities to showcase why their regions may be a prime target for investment.” – Tony Campbell, CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative

Rollout of the electric cooperatives and communities sites will take place immediately with customization taking place over the next few months.

Original Article: http://www.ekpc.coop/pressreleases/2014%20press%20release/2014-10-20__EKPC_signs_with_StateBook.pdf

More Business, Cheaper Power

More Business, Cheaper Power

Electric utilities have motivation to play pivotal role in Kentucky economic development

By Chris Clair, The Lane Report

When it comes to attracting companies to the Bluegrass State, near the top of the list of benefits economic development officials point to is Kentucky’s relatively low cost for reliable power.

According to the state Cabinet for Economic Development, last year Kentucky offered the lowest electricity cost of any state east of the Mississippi River and the fourth-lowest overall in the nation – 8.13 cents per kilowatt hour on average across industrial, commercial and residential sectors.

But that’s only part of the role electric and gas utilities play in attracting business to the commonwealth. Many are also directly recruiting companies and offering their own local incentives, backstopping public economic development efforts or even directly funding activities by underwriting key trade show visits.

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Transforming Eastern Kentucky Through Technology

by Anthony “Tony” Campbell, CEO EKPC, Op-Ed for The Courier Journal

For Eastern Kentucky, the statistics are as familiar as they are disheartening: Over half of coal-mining jobs gone in the last five years; one-quarter of residents living below poverty level; and average per-capita incomes stuck at a fraction of the rest of the nation.

Last year, numbers like these prompted a New York Times reporter to write that Eastern Kentucky “just might be the hardest place to live in the United States. Statistically speaking.”

But people are not statistics. If you don’t live and work in Eastern Kentucky and know the people here, it can be difficult to imagine how things could change for the better. But, because of those people, the electric cooperatives serving Eastern Kentucky are convinced the region’s future is bright. All that’s lacking are the tools necessary for people—especially younger generations—to help themselves.

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