Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues are participating in an internship program as part of the "Shaping Our Appalachian Region" or SOAR initiative.
E-K-U is committing 20 thousand dollars to support five interns who will support each of the ten SOAR working groups throughout the summer. The interns will be charged with communicating progress and discussions. It's aimed at promoting transparency and increase citizen participation in the effort to achieve economic and social goals.
A UK graduate student will work directly with communications teams from the offices of Governor Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers. Governor Beshear says, "I cannot think of a better way to further show our commitment to eastern Kentucky than involving our young people who are our future leaders."
Also Monday, the governor and U.S. Representative Hal Rogers met with the executive committee and working group chairs to discuss the structure and by laws of Shaping Our Appalachian Region.