U.S. Labor Sec. Thomas Perez Visits Bit Source, Delivers Keynote Speech at SOAR

With Eastern Kentucky quickly becoming the focus of a transitioning economy, a newly formed computer coding firm in Pikeville called Bit Source – the first of its kind in the region – received a lot of attention recently when U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez toured the company’s office before delivering his keynote speech at the May 2015 Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) summit.

Using funds provided by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), Bit Source is currently training 10 people, nine of whom are former coal industry workers, to become computer programmers. The company will specialize in developing websites, mobile applications, and video games.

Click here for Sec. Perez’s blog post following his visit to Pikeville, and here for a Flickr gallery of photos taken at Bit Source and during the SOAR summit.

Follow the links below for news coverage from the day:

Lexington Herald-Leader: Computer coding training among first fruits of SOAR initiative in Eastern Kentucky

WYMT: U.S. Labor Secretary visits Pikeville for SOAR Summit

Associated Press: $35.5 million in grants to help areas adapt to coal changes