Workshop 1 | Pikeville, Ky.

The first Innovation Challenge workshop was held in Pikeville, Ky., from April 22-24, 2015. The teams selected to participate in the workshop participated in a competitive process earlier this year to win spots at the event. The teams were led by counties and regional development organizations and included a broad range of other public and private sector partners.

Below, read more about the teams that participated and view materials from the first workshop.  A summary of the workshop is located here.

More information about the Innovation Challenge for Coal-Reliant Communities can be found here:

Selected Teams
  • Team Lead: Big Sandy Area Development District, Ky. 
    • ​Representing Ky. counties of Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin and Pike
    • This team included representatives from Big Sandy Area Development District; Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc.; Magoffin County; Morehead State University Center for Regional Engagement; and Mountain Association for Community Economic Development.
  • Team Lead: Cumberland Valley Area Development District, Ky.
    • Representing Harlan County, Ky.
    • This team included representatives from Cumberland Valley Area Development District; America Health Management; Center for Rural Development; Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program; Harlan County; and Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation.
  • ​​​​​Team Lead: FIVCO Area Development District, Ky.
    • ​Representing Ky. counties of Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup and Lawrence
    • This team included representatives from FIVCO Area Development District; Ashland Alliance, Ignite, Lawrence County Fiscal Court and Orange Leaf.
  • ​​Team Lead: LENOWISCO Planning District Commission, Va.
    • ​Representing Wise County, Va.
    • This team included representatives from LENOWISCO Planning District Commission; Southwest Regional Recreation Authority and Spearhead Trails; University of Virginia’s College at Wise; Wise County Board of Supervisors; Wise County Department of Health; and Wise County Social Services.
  • ​Team Lead: Moffat County, Colo.
    • ​This team included representatives from the City of Craig; the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership; Colorado Northwest Community College; Memorial Hospital; and Moffat County School District.
  • Team Lead: Perry County, Ky.
    • ​​This team included representatives from Kentucky River Area Development District; Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Hazard; Center for Rural Development; Hazard Community and Technical College; Perry County; and Stronger Economies Together/Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation​​​​​.
  • Team Lead: Reconnecting McDowell, Inc., W.Va
    • ​Representing McDowell County, W.Va
    • This team included representatives from McDowell County Board of Education; McDowell County Commission; and Reconnecting McDowell, Inc.
Geographies Represented

Pikeville Map 1

Pikeville Map 2

Workshop Agenda

Innovation Challenge Pikeville Workshop Agenda

Workshop Materials

Welcome and Team Presentations: Who’s In the Room?


Panel Discussion: From Downturn to Transition


Opening Plenary: Supporting the Transition 


Economic Diversification Strategies: Concurrent Sessions 


Luncheon Keynote: Adaptive Leadership for Positive Change 


Panel Discussion: Innovative Partnerships to Root the Transition


Final Team Presentations