Introduction

CEDAR, Inc. is pleased to offer the ECLRP program for the third year, following the successful implementation of the program over the last two years. CEDAR is looking forward to continuing its partnership with the regional colleges, along with various industry and business groups in combining coal education and entrepreneurialism for this unique learning opportunity for high school students in the twenty-one county program area.

We look forward to working with the following stakeholders as part of this unique partnership:

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Academia Partners:

Alice Lloyd College; Ashland Community and Technical College; Big Sandy Community and Technical College; Hazard Community and Technical College; Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College; and the University of Pikeville.

Business Partners - (Chambers of Commerce):

Breathitt County; Floyd County; Harlan County; Hazard-Perry County; Hyden-Leslie County; Knott County; Letcher County; Paintsville-Johnson County; Southeast Kentucky.

Resource Partners:

Payton May – Bit Source, Inc. (Design Strategy) Traci Tackett – Bit Source, Inc. Director of Digital Literacy (Environmental Educator) Dr. Ronald Hustedde – Extension Professor of Community and Leadership Development (University of Kentucky)

Governmental Partner:

Owen Michels, Environmental Scientist IV (Division of Mine Reclamation/Enforcement) KY Department of Natural Resources

SOAR (Saving Our Appalachian Region):

Will serve as Liaison between any potential development and team whose project shows any reasonable potential for further development.

CEDAR’s goal is to provide a program that is fair and equable to all participating teams and members, and that will provide the same opportunity and resources to all in their quest for success in this unique learning opportunity.

A series of workshops will be conducted for all Team Members and Coaches, and will include the following topics:

Each of the three topic-specific workshops will be held on two different dates and at two different locations for the convenience of participants. CEDAR will provide dinner plus a $0.25 per mile travel allowance for travel to and from each workshop. The workshop locations will be confirmed after the participating teams are known, so that travel distance can be considered when choosing the locations.

Teams advancing to the Regional Challenge will be provided with the basic materials and supplies needed for the construction of their physical model, and/or prototypes, which will be distributed at the February workshops.

At the end of the program there will be a Regional Challenge competition that will consist of twelve teams competing for cash awards, as described in the Coaches Awards Program and the Student Awards Program.

The same Judging Panel will score all three components of the program, being:

  1. The Site Profile Report;

  2. The Business Plan Report;

  3. The Challenge Presentation, which will include the Site/Physical Model, Business Plan/Prototype, and oral presentations.


The Panel will consist of five individuals having the following affiliation:

  1. Business,

  2. Coal Industry,

  3. Academia,

  4. Government Regulatory

  5. Economic Development

The weighted average of all five judges’ scores from the Site Profile and Business Plan Reports, as well as the overall presentation score at the Regional Challenge will be combined to determine the overall place winners for First, Second and Third.