Shaping Our Appalachian Region

54 counties, one plan for prosperity in Eastern Kentucky

The voice of Appalachia Kentucky

SOAR is a regional nonpartisan nonprofit that champions local projects, programs, and advocacy for the 54 ARC-mandated counties in Eastern Kentucky. Our mandate: To fill the economic gaps left by the decline of the coal industry. Our task: To rally our communities to help us achieve these goals together for the good of all.

ARC Eastern Kentucky counties
Eastern Kentucky flood relief assistance

Get access to flood relief assistance

If you’re an Eastern Kentucky business or resident who was affected by the flooding in July 2022, we’ve centralized all the assistance available to you from our partners and the Small Business Association.

SOAR is proud to launch the EKY Student Support Fund. In the coming weeks and months, students and families will face challenges related to housing, schooling, and work. Our fund is specifically designed to fund flood-impacted student households from low-income households.

100% of fund money will go towards items and services needed to help students transition back to school and assist in improving household living conditions:

  • School supplies
  • Household appliances
  • Bedding
  • Computers/Laptops/Chromebooks
  • Internet
  • Rental assistance
  • Gas cards

We’re committed to meeting the needs of those impacted and working with urgency to help our communities and families rebuild.

The Plan

Community built, community driven

Our communities knew if they were going to regain economic stability, it was going to have to be an inside job.
They crossed county lines to coordinate ideas and join forces, gaining regional consensus for a sustainable and widespread plan.
SOAR was tasked to be the flag-bearer for the plan in 2013. We believe in the future of Appalachia.
And thanks to you, we’ve got a plan to prove it.

Secure Connectivity

Give every community access to a reliable internet connection to increase job certainty and generate workforce opportunities.

Foster Entrepreneurship

Create and distribute resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses to reduce risk and foster confidence, knowledge & growth.

Drive Innovation

Contribute to the regional economy by building, nurturing, and investing in emerging industries, tourism, and healthy communities.

Delivering on our promises

Your story is our story, too. That’s why we put our words into action. Each day, we strive to advance the cause of those in our region who have been left behind. The results are ones you can see and feel.

SOAR Impact Report
Hal Rogers at the 2021 SOAR Summit.

Attend events that move us forward

You need support. Our quarterly events held across Eastern Kentucky present projects, programs, and funding opportunities. These events are designed to bring change-makers together to create a better future for communities throughout Eastern Kentucky.

By the numbers

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remote jobs created through Teleworks partnership
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community and business partners

SOAR Innovation

Your one-stop-shop for all things small business & entrepreneurship.

CDC Partnership

Find out how the top health experts are invested in our communities.

The EKY Report

Read the latest accomplishments, initiatives, and success stories.

In their own words

We’re grateful for the individuals we serve and the organizations who’ve stood by us to make our mission a reality.

Let’s make it official

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