Bill Goodman of Kentucky Educational Television writes, "We’ll provide live coverage of the summit starting at 9 a.m. on KETKY and online at KET.org/live. Along the way, I’ll have interviews with various participants to get their perspectives on the day’s events. If you can’t watch our live coverage, you can follow this blog and my Twitter account for an ongoing synopsis of the presentations." Goodman also notes the Facebook page "that Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers have established for the "Shaping Our Appalachian Region" project, and a wrap-up show with Beshear and Rogers, to be telecast on KET's main channel at 8 p.m. ET.
WYMT-TV in Hazard, a CBS affiliate, says it will broadcast the summit live from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., with continuous coverage on its website.
The summit is being held in Pikeville, seat of Kentucky's easternmost county, which borders Virginia and West Virginia. The impetus for the effort is the recent loss of 6,000 jobs in Eastern Kentucky's coal industry, which has dominated the region for a century but is suffering from depletion of easily mined coal, competition with natural gas, and new environmental regulations. The effort is being helped by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Rural Development branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Rural Policy Research Institute CEO Charles Fluharty is the facilitator.