By Erin Deaton
For the Mountain Advocate
Familiar Knox County faces join committee members, working group chairs, and federal state, and local authorities at recent Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) board meeting and retreat at Eastern Kentucky University Manchester Regional Campus in efforts to keep moving forward with the initiative.
The initiative launched in late 2013 by Governor Steve Beshear and Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers has received much attention from region publics. Hosting over 100 summer regional working group listening sessions, SOAR has engaged hundreds of eastern Kentucky citizens in conversation about future development of the region. SOAR continues to develop and put into action new locally-oriented strategies to attack persistent challenges that face Knox County and the rest of eastern Kentucky in areas such as education, broadband, health and tourism.
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