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2021 Southeastern Opportunities in Aerospace Regional Summit (SOARS) Virtual

December 7 @ 9:30 am - December 9 @ 1:00 pm


The Offices of United States Senator Richard Burr and United States Senator Thom Tillis, the North Carolina Military Business Center and the North Carolina Department of Transportation are pleased to announce the Southeastern Opportunities in Aerospace Regional Summit (SOARS) on December 7-9, 2021 virtually. Due to the COVID pandemic and to increase accessibility to businesses across the state, the 2021 SOARS will be held in a virtual platform.


  • Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

When. December 7-9, 2021

WHERE.  A virtual platform will be utilized.  Log-in credentials will be provided to all registered participants prior to the event.

SESSION FOCUS.  Workforce Challenges, Solutions and Partnerships. A panel of aerospace industry, government and academic leaders will discuss lessons learned and innovative solutions and partnerships to address workforce challenges related to hiring, training and retention of a quality workforce. Become familiar with resources available across our state to enhance your workforce strategies.

  • Speakers:
    • Chris Holder, Fleet Readiness Center East
    • Dr. Ray Staats, Craven Community College
    • Dr. Bill Fortney, North Carolina State University
    • Nicholas Yale, Guilford Technical Community College
    • Robert Boyer, HAECO
    • Melissa Smith, GuilfordWorks

ABOUT. The 2021 Southeastern Opportunities in Aerospace Regional Summit (SOARS) is a business development and teaming virtual event focused on highlighting aerospace challenges and demands, presenting opportunities and showcasing regional capabilities to provide solutions to the challenges and demands. The SOARS goal is to facilitate the connections that will optimize the success of aerospace programs, businesses and organizations. The intent is to develop and grow strong relationships among military, industry, government, commercial, public-private partnerships and other aerospace-related organizations to fuel vibrant aerospace industry growth in the southeast region.

SOARS will be conducted virtually with a keynote and two sessions each day. Each day will have a focus: Day 1 is Economic and Workforce Development; Day 2 is Business Development and; Day 3 is Technology. SOARS will be an excellent forum to showcase companies within the southeast region engaged in manufacturing, logistics, research and development and other aerospace-related activities and will connect suppliers and service providers with national aerospace primes, first-tier subs and both military and civilian aerospace customers.




December 7 @ 9:30 am
December 9 @ 1:00 pm
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The Offices of Senator Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis
North Carolina Department of Transportation
North Carolina Military Business Center



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