Tue September 23, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Report: Tourism & Agriculture are Keys to Appalachia's Future


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.  

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Tue August 5, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

SOAR Project Brings Centers for Disease Control Director to Eastern Kentucky


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.   

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Mon August 4, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Bringing Kentucky's Broadband Access Up to Speed on Eastern Standard

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.

Our guests:  

- Brian E. Kiser, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Office of Broadband Outreach and Development;

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Wed July 23, 2014
The Commonwealth

SOAR Group Hears Tourism Ideas in Richmond

Credit lanereport,com

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.

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Mon July 7, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Effort to SOAR Comes From AmeriCorps VISTA Workers


    A million dollars of AmeriCorps support is coming to Kentucky to support the Shaping Our Appalachian Region, or SOAR, project.  Federal funds will support 52 VISTA workers for a year.

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Sun March 2, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Economic Development in Eastern Ky. on Eastern Standard

Thursday mornings at 11:00!

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.

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