Work continues to determine the specific strategies of the 'Shaping Our Appalachian Region' initiative, usually referred to as SOAR. Legislation to establish a grant framework has passed the Kentucky Senate.
The first SOAR Summit was staged in December of 2013 in Pikeville. Discussions focused on the economic and social needs of eastern Kentucky. Since then, working groups have met several times. New legislation would create the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development Fund. The measure does not specify how it will be funded.
A new report says state government needs to spend more money promoting eastern Kentucky as a tourism destination to help the region pull itself out of poverty following the loss of thousands of jobs because of the declining coal industry.
The top official in the federal Centers for Disease Control is making stops this week in three Kentucky communities. The visits are in connection with the Shaping Our Appalachian Region or SOAR project.
CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden joined Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers Tuesday for the health impact series symposium in Hazard.
Clockwise, from left, John Hingsbergen, Rene True, Mike Hayden, Brian Kiser.
Credit Richard Turner
Studies indicate that having access to the Internet increases employment and income, enhances consumer welfare and promotes civic engagement. But, of Kentucky’s 120 counties, 45 have been described as in the “slow lane” of the Information Highway.
On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss efforts to bring Kentucky’s internet access up to speed.
A work group of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative, or SOAR, held a listening session in Richmond Tuesday evening. A group of 20 people gathered on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.
Lexington marketing executive Phil Osborne served as facilitator for the session sponsored by SOAR’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Work Group. Osborne asked those in attendance to share their ideas about opportunities and challenges for tourism in eastern Kentucky and their potential for economic development.
From the December SOAR Summit (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) to Federal Promise Zones and recent efforts to improve internet connectivity and expand the Mountain Parkway, the region is on the minds of the governor and legislators at both the state and federal levels.
On this week's Eastern Standard, Economic Development in Eastern Kentucky.