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Upcoming Appalachian Big Ideas Festival to focus on resiliency in eastern Kentucky

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Lora Smith
Appalachian Big Ideas Festival

The floods in eastern Kentucky have caused many to look to the future of the region. A gathering later this month in Hazard is aiming to do just that. The “Appalachian Big Ideas Festival” is being put on by the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky.

Lora Smith is the foundation’s chief strategy officer. In an interview with Eastern Standard, she said they will be covering a wide variety of topics throughout the weekend.

“We have a series of community conversations and roundtables, that will be taking place across downtown Hazard in different locations, focusing on everything from our work around community safety and justice to recovery and workforce development.”

Smith said that is just the tip of the iceberg. The deadly floods in July cause organizers to sharpen their focus on resiliency in the region.

“We were already going to be focused quite a bit on resiliency and kinda forward looking strategies for the region based on our experience with the 2021 floods. So, this has just upped the urgency of doing that and having those conversations.”

The Appalachian Big Ideas Festival starts September 29th and runs through October first. More can be heard from Lora Smith on Eastern Standard on WEKU.

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