Gov. Steve Beshear and
U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers joined the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Executive
Committee to announce Monday (July 7) new investments into the region and new
Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams announced an
investment of $312,000 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to
provide technical assistance in the formation and implementation for the SOAR
initiative for job creation and private sector growth in the region.
“EDA is pleased to
support the collaborative SOAR initiative,” said Williams. “This vital EDA
assistance will help SOAR in its mission to help eastern Kentucky capitalize on
its strengths to diversify, innovate and implement job-creating diversification
The EDA investment will
support implementation and technical assistance by a consortium of nine Area
Development Districts located in the region.
Wendy Spencer, CEO of
the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), announced an
investment of more than $1 million to engage 52 full-time AmeriCorps VISTA
members to improve the economy and quality of life in eastern Kentucky.
investment, AmeriCorps VISTA members will provide more than 100,000 volunteer
hours to Eastern Kentucky families and individuals in the areas of job creation
and retention, youth engagement, education success, and health and human
services over the next year. The VISTAs will recruit and manage volunteers,
raise funds, and build the capacity of 16 local nonprofit and education
organizations that tackle poverty and expand opportunity in Kentucky’s
“SOAR is a bold and
innovative effort to improve the lives of the people of eastern Kentucky, and
we are thrilled to join with Congressman Rogers and Gov. Beshear in advancing
this important goal through this major investment of human capital through
AmeriCorps,” said Spencer. “AmeriCorps members are passionate, dedicated
citizens who give a year of their lives to service, and we know they will make
a big difference for eastern Kentucky.”
Gov. Beshear announced
he will promote eastern Kentucky during his upcoming attendance at the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s Rural Opportunity Investment Conference in
announced SOAR will host a “Health Impact Series” in August featuring Dr.
Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The tour marks the first time that the Director of the CDC has visited eastern
The SOAR Health Impact
Series is free and open to the public.
Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Rural
Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Hazard Community and
Aug. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at
the Ramada Paintsville Hotel & Convention Center;
6 at 10 a.m. at the Morehead Conference Center.
Space is limited for
the SOAR Health Impact Series, but individuals can reserve a seat by contacting
Cheryl Keaton at 606-657-3218 or at email@example.com.
For more information contact
the SOAR office at 606-444-5127 or 606-437-5127.
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