Nearly two thousand people are expected to attend the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Summit Monday in Pikeville.
We believe this gathering is a great idea! It’s no secret our region is reeling from the loss of more than six thousand coal-mining jobs in the last two years.
As a Lexington-Herald editorial stated: “It will help satisfy the widespread yearning and sense of urgency to start building a stronger economy while reassuring people that the state’s top elected officials care about the mountain’s plight.”
It’s refreshing to see politicians actually soliciting local input and “homegrown” ideas.
Governor Steve Beshear put it this way during the announcement in Hazard on October 28.
“For us to be successful, the people here are going to have to develop that road map for success.”
We realize not everyone can attend the SOAR Summit. But, everyone will have the opportunity to watch. WYMT will carry the majority of the Summit LIVE on WYMT-TV and WYMT.com We will also post the major portions of the Summit on WYMT.com so you can watch at your convenience.
Governor Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers are also my guest Monday at 7 p.m. on Issues & Answers: The Mountain Edition. We will discuss the ideas generated at the SOAR Summit and when we can expect to see the first tangible results.
Rogers has called the Summit “the beginning of a new chapter of progress in southern and Eastern Kentucky.”
I’m moderating the final session and will have the opportunity to ask lawmakers some questions from the audience. I would like to know what kind of economic development you think state leaders should push for Eastern Kentucky? I might use your question during the Summit or on Issues & Answers.
WYMT SOAR Summit Coverage Plans
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – LIVE on WYMT-TV and WYMT.com
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – LIVE on WYMT-TV and WYMT.com
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Special One-Hour Edition of Mountain News at Six - Live from the SOAR Summit
7 p.m. – Issues & Answers from the SOAR Summit
I hope you’ll join us in Pikeville. If you cannot attend, I hope you’ll watch.
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