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  1. Located in the heart of Kentucky coal country, Bit Source is a software company founded in 2015 with the mission of fosteri..

  2. In Pikeville, Kentucky, a small town in the middle of coal country, one startup has responded by experimenting with something new: teaching former coal miners to code...

  3. A chance encounter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between a University of Kentucky alum and an MIT researche..

  4. “In a recent op-ed piece, Genesis10 CEO Harley Lippman calls on the Trump administration and U.S. businesses to work together to bring technology jobs back to the United States...

  5. Shortly after last year’s presidential election MIT alum and research affiliate Sam Ford attended a laboratory demonstration by MI..

  6. "On November 1 and 2, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosted an event called AI (Artificial Intelligence) and The Future of Work...

  7. "For many years, the city of Pikeville was one of the leading coal producing regions east of the Mississippi. W..

  8. "Chris visits Bit Source, a company that’s retraining displaced coal miners to help them re-enter the workforce after the dow..

  9. A video by NBC's Jacob Soboroff appearing on Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly - featuring Rusty Justice & Michael Harrison. Watch the Video  ..

  10. Justin Hall the President of Bit Source was voted as one of the top "100 Most Creative People in Business 2017" by Fast Company. ..

  11. Bit Source visited Pittsburg and took part in the Inspire Series by South Fayette High School.    ..

  12. Cassady Rosenblum visited Bit Source in the Spring of 2017, she helped to publicize the misunderstandings that surround the term, Hillbilly. ..

  13. "Brian talks with Justin Hall (@jhalljhall, President of @BitSourceKY) and Payton May (Creative Director of @BitSourceKY) about h..

  14. "And while even that isn’t exactly a given in Eastern Kentucky, several companies have launched programs to train and eventually emplo..

  15. Bit Source is a place based solution.   ..

  16. Bit Source believes in Appalachia's ability to transition from one economy to the next.  ..

  17. “Coal miners are really technology workers who get dirty,” - Rusty Justice ..

  18. With some aptitude, and commitment you can achieve anything you set out to do.    ..

  19. Meet the Company Teaching Coal Miners To Code

    “The mind of a coal miner or an engineer, you know, they’re very technical. It’s not like what probably most people think about it with the pickaxe and shovel,” Bit Source’s president, Justin Hall... Watch the Video ..

  20. We are honored to be included on a list with such high tech solutions.    ..

  21. Bit Source

    Thanks WYMT for the local press following up our national recognition.  ..

  22. We are grateful for this level of admiration and are thankful for being on the list with these 6 other companies to watch.  ..

  23. We are excited to be a part of all of the efforts underway to reshape our economy and we look forward to the future and what is to come.    ..

  24. "A week ago today, great minds fr..

  25. “I grew up in a holler, I know what a holler looks like,” said Hall. “Now that I’m programming and teaching others how to program and building a business around that, it’s kind of interesting to see these memes collide...

  26. “The realization I had was that the coal miner, although we think of him as a person who gets dirty and works with his hands, really coal mines today are very sophisticated, and they use a lot of technology, a lot of robotics,” Charles “Rusty” Jus..

  27. Check out this short audio recording by NPR covering Bit Source.    ..

  28. "Justin Hall runs Bit Source in Pikeville, Kentucky, another town devastated by coal mining job cuts...

  29. "BitSource is a computer coding company. It's the first of it's kind in Pikeville. It sits inside the old Coca-Cola bottling plant downtown. There are ten coders...

  30. "As the coal industry continues to decline, much has been written about what can be done for ..

  31. "Jim Ratliff worked for 14 years in the mines of Eastern Kentucky, drilling holes and blasting dynamite to expose the coal that has powered Appalac..

  32. Visitors from Bloomberg visited the Bit Source facility and published this piece.    ..

  33. Learn how AmeriCorps VISTA members support the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program in connecting out-of-work coal mi..

  34. This article references Lauren Smiley's piece on medium and discusses the outlook for miners in an everchanging world.    ..

  35. An article that references Lauren Smiley's Canary in the Code Mine and discusses some of the technologies that we use at Bit Source.   ..

  36. This is one of the first major articles written about Bit Source. It is a thorough and honest look at the blue collar transition from industrial work to software development...

  37. “They’re blue-collar coders. That’s what they’re gonna be. We have to be what we are.” — Rusty Justice​   ..

  38. “I’ve worked with a lot of people and know a lot of coal miners...

  39. PIKEVILLE – Nearly an hour’s drive from his home in Johnson County, Jim Ratliff is nestled in a corner behind one of dozens of computer screens inside a former Coca-Cola plant renovated to house a software and web development firm called Bit Sourc..

  40. "EKB News Repo..

  41. "The newest entrepreneurial venture in Pike County held its first open house Monday as local business leaders and members of the community got to see the work ..

  42. "Among those taking baby steps are people like former mining engineer Rusty Justice, who tapped federal workforce training funds to hire 10 appre..

  43. "SOAR's a catalyst to change all that, to change the divisions that have been here for a long time, and that in turn will result in job growth, community growth all throughout the region," Arnett said...