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Revitalizing Kentucky’s Energy Communities

November 30, 2021 from 9:00 am12:00 pm EST

Attend a virtual workshop to meet with federal agencies and state officials to learn about available resources and discuss potential pathways for regional economic revitalization. This session is tailored specifically to Kentucky, which is home to two of the top ten priority energy communities identified as most vulnerable to further coal-related job declines by the Energy Communities Interagency Working Group’s Initial Report to the President (#2 East Kentucky non-metropolitan area and #6 West Kentucky non-metropolitan area).

This workshop is designed to help participants:

  • Advance needed economic development projects
  • Build sustainable relationships around the state
  • Connect energy workers and their communities with available federal resources


Welcome & Introductions Briggs White
Deputy Executive Director
Energy Communities Interagency Working Group
9:00 am
Opening Remarks & Overview

Brian Anderson
Executive Director
Energy Communities Interagency Working Group

Governor Andy Beshear
State of Kentucky

Other Federal, State and Regional Officials

9:05 am
Kentucky State Panel

A panel of Kentucky-focused voices and organizations discussing state-specific issues, lessons learned and best practices. Voices include:

Kentucky Community and Technical College System

Mountain Association

Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR)

Southeast Kentucky Economic Development (SKED)

9:30 am
Q&A10:20 am
Federal Funding Opportunities for Energy Communities

A panel of senior officials representing the multiple federal agencies:

Appalachian Regional Commission

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Labor

10:45 am
Q&A11:35 am
Closing Remarks11:50 am
Morning Session Concludes Noon


Following a lunch break, participants will have the opportunity to join moderated, smaller-group discussions on issues that elected officials and local stakeholders have identified as particularly relevant and resonate for Kentucky. Once you have registered for the morning session, please continue to monitor you email for further information on topics and how to register for these breakout sessions.


Breakout Session


Start Time (EST)

Session #1 – Room #1

New Opportunities for Kentucky Workers

1:00 pm

Session #1 – Room #2

Kentucky Health Issues, including Clean Water, Opioids and Black Lung

1:00 pm


2:00 pm

Session #2 – Room #1

What the New Federal Infrastructure Law Means for Kentucky

2:30 pm

Session #2 – Room #2

Agriculture and Agritech

2:30 pm


3:30 pm




November 30, 2021
9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
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