PIKEVILLE, KY (October 17, 2023) – The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for the Excellence in Education Grant Program for the 2023-2024 grant cycle. The application portal will remain open until December 1, 2023. To improve the program, there are two changes that have been made this year. First, any school may apply, even if they have recently received funding from the program. However, priority will be given to schools that have not received
PIKEVILLE, KY (October 16, 2023) – The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the opening retreat for the Patton Leadership Institute (PLI), Class of 2024 on October 5-6, 2023. The retreat was held at Breaks Interstate Park with Chamber President & CEO, Jordan Gibson and Culture Docs Chief Engagement Officer, Jeff Peden as facilitators. The retreat featured workshops that taught participants about effective communication, regional history, and an overview of the Breaks Interstate Park.
Patton Leadership Institute Class Immersed in Letcher County's Rich Heritage and Community Initiativ
Letcher County, May 16, 2023 – Patton Leadership Institute made an insightful visit to Letcher County on May 4, 2023. The class, comprising aspiring leaders from diverse backgrounds across east Kentucky, were exposed to the remarkable work being done by local organizations and individuals to promote tourism, preserve natural resources, and strengthen community ties. The class had the privilege of hearing from prominent community figures such as Missy Matthews, representing Letcher County Tourism,
Inez, KY – June 5, 2023 – The TEK Center, a state-of-the-art education facility, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 2, 2023, to mark its official grand opening. The event took place at 104 E. Main St, Suite 100, Inez, KY 41224, and was attended by distinguished guests, community leaders, and supporters. The TEK Center is an innovative hub designed to provide individuals of all backgrounds with access to cutting-edge technology, and advanced educational programs. The ribbon cutting ceremony commenced at
Lawrence County, June 5, 2023 – On June 1, 2023, Patton Leadership Institute had an eventful day including a fascinating tour of the Big Sandy Power Plant, an engaging discussion on “The Power of Positive Leadership” with Casey and Sabrina Lequire, and insightful conversations with industry experts Catrina Cargo from Sullivan University Learning Center (Louisa) and Amanda Clark, External Affairs Manager at Kentucky Power Company. The day concluded with an unforgettable tour and tasting experience at Savage
Johnson County, KY (May 1, 2023) - Patton Leadership Institute (PLI) visited Johnson County for a day of exploration and learning. The group was led on a tour of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) technical classes including the new state-of-the-art Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs. They also visited the East Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI), Butcher Holler, and attended a workshop on the book The Power of Positive Leadership. The tour of the BSCTC Technical
Pikeville, KY (April 27, 2023) - The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce hosted the first-ever East Kentucky Regional Competition of the National Civics Bee on April 27, 2023, at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. The National Civics Bee is an initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and The Civic Trust, to encourage excellence in civics knowledge. Middle school students across 24 eastern Kentucky counties had the opportunity to participate in the East Kentucky Regional Competition
Pikeville, KY (March 7,2023) Patton Leadership Institute is a comprehensive and intensive training program aimed at developing and expanding leadership skills for people in various professions such as business, government, education, and non-profit organizations. The program consists of a series of sessions designed to help participants develop their leadership skills and increase their knowledge of the region they call home.The day-long Pike County session featured a dynamic lineup of speakers and
Pikeville, KY (February 22,2023) - The Southeast Kentucky Chamber's Patton Leadership Institute visited Frankfort on February 2, 2023, for its monthly session, providing an opportunity for participants to learn about state government and engage with legislators. Patton Leadership Institute is a program designed to develop and enhance the leadership skills of emerging and existing leaders in Southeast Kentucky. The program offers monthly sessions on various topics related to leadership, including
PIKEVILLE, KY (Dec. 20, 2023) The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce awarded $8,000 in grant funding through its Excellence in Education Grant Program to four schools across the region – two Letcher County schools, the Knott County School System, and one school in Johnson County. Jordan Gibson, president and CEO of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber, said the educators in the region who apply for the education grants always have exciting and innovative projects in mind for their students. “The Chamber is
PIKEVILLE, KY (Dec. 19, 2022) The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has been selected by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation as one of six local chambers in Kentucky to host the National Civics Bee, a middle school civics competition in spring 2023. The National Civics Bee is an annual initiative aimed at encouraging young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. Organized in partnership with The Civic Trust of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the competition,
Are you feeling behind on your holiday preparations? Don't worry, you're not alone. Many small business owners are scrambling to get everything done in time. But don't worry, we've got you covered. From the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, here’s a helpful holiday season checklist to help make sure you don't miss a thing. With this checklist under your belt, you'll be able to relax and enjoy the holidays while knowing your business is taken care of. So what are you waiting for? Check this out:1.