SOAR

9:57pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Education

SOAR STEM Project Unveiled

Credit lanereport.com

Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have announced an initiative aimed at enhancing math and science instruction in Appalachia. Several eastern Kentucky school districts are involved in the project. 

Beshear and Rogers, co-chairs of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative, gathered with educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts. 
 

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1:43pm

Mon June 22, 2015

6:30am

Mon June 8, 2015
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From the WEKU Facebook page, some comments about this week’s Eastern Standard show on the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative and the economy of Eastern Kentucky.

Lisa wrote, “ Enjoyed this show and hearing the plans for Eastern Kentucky. Nice job Ian Mooers, your associates, and the host. This is always a good show.”

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11:51am

Fri April 17, 2015
The Commonwealth

License Plate Supporting Eastern Kentucky Program Approved

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Kentucky residents can sign up for a new license plate showing support for an initiative to diversify eastern Kentucky's economy.

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8:50am

Thu February 26, 2015
State Capitol

Senate Acts on Legislation to Support SOAR Initiative

Credit kyforward.com

    

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. 

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9:46am

Mon February 23, 2015
The Commonwealth

Initial Grant for Appalachian Group Approved

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The nonprofit group Shaping Our Appalachian Region Inc. has received approval for a $200,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

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6:14pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

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

Credit soar-ky.org

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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5:23pm

Tue August 5, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

SOAR Project Brings Centers for Disease Control Director to Eastern Kentucky

Credit Spacecoastdaily.com

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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7:55pm

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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6:00am

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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9:50pm

Mon July 7, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Effort to SOAR Comes From AmeriCorps VISTA Workers

Credit kycompact.nku.edu

    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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11:50pm

Sun March 2, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Economic Development in Eastern Ky. on Eastern Standard

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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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