Past Event Recordings

This What’s Next EKY?! Community Connections took place on Thursday, April 21, 2022. Ruthie Caldwell, experienced grant writing professional and owner of Vision Granted, presented 10 Tips for Funding Great Projects in Your Community which covered tips for crafting competitive grant proposals, as well as tips for fundraising beyond grants, followed by a small Q&A.

Click here to view a pdf of Ruthie’s Powerpoint presentation. The pdf file contains a number of live links to resources.

This What’s Next EKY?! Community Connections took place on Thursday, February 17, 2022. Pam Thomas, Senior Fellow at Kentucky Policy, presented and answered questions about ARPA Funding– how funds can be used by city and county governments and how community members can be engaged in the decision-making process with their local government.

Click here to view Pam’s PowerPoint slides with details about how ARPA funds can be budgeted by local governments in Kentucky.

At this Community Connections virtual conversation we heard from four dynamic community change-makers in eastern Kentucky, Ali Blair in Berea, Mindy and Dan Click in Grayson, and Valerie Horn in Whitesburg, about how they’ve built and leveraged relationships to make good things happen in their communities. They shared about some of the key partnerships they’ve developed, successes and challenges they’ve experienced, and lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Click here to read the Top 10 Takeaways from the conversation. 

What’s Next EKY?! hosted this open-ended conversation about becoming better ambassadors and more effective advocates for the small businesses, organizations, and projects folks care deeply about in their communities.

Award-winning communications guru and former local elected official Laura Huth-Rhoades shared 10 incredibly easy and totally free ideas anyone can use to increase community awareness and engagement for their causes.

The Spotlight Speaker at this What’s Next EKY?! Community Connections virtual gathering was Rusty Justice, co-founder of Bit Source in Pikeville. He shared about how the community of Pikeville, KY was able to build back better after a series of floods by constructing a cut-through, which has been instrumental for the community to continue to grow while, unfortunately, some neighboring communities have continued to face setbacks from the same events.

Rusty also shared concepts from the book Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder (Taleb, 2012), for communities to consider ways they can become more than resilient (getting back to where how things were before a disaster). Becoming antifragile is about preparing and getting better because of adversity.

To kick off this virtual conversation focused on Creatively Connecting in a Digital World, members of the What’s Next EKY Virtual Learning group shared some of the insights they had learned about hosting online events. View this recording to hear about some low-cost and user-friendly platforms to use for marketing, designing, and organizing online events, as well as some of the lessons the team learned about hosting people in a virtual space.

At this What’s Next EKY?! online Community Connections gathering focused on Coping with Changes to Local Budgets in May 2020, Pam Thomas, Senior Fellow at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, shared about the impacts of COVID-19 on state and local budgets.

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