Shaping Our Appalachian Region provides the opportunity for all to learn and work together to overcome similar problems in order to achieve common goals.
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.
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.
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.
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
(that’s millions) in regional grants awarded
remote jobs created through Teleworks partnership
annual event participants
community and business partners
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.
Starlink (through Shaping Our Appalachian Region) has made such a huge impact on my life. My parents can schedule and take doctor appointments without leaving the house! Also, I can do my job at the elementary school, because I have access to Google Classroom. Starlink is amazing!
I’ll never be able to express how grateful I am to the whole Shaping Our Appalachian Region team for helping me create a real, tangible way to achieve my dreams and working with me as a mom to lay the foundation for my family’s future.
Those curious about tapping into the economic development potential Eastern Kentucky has to offer should look first at the region’s workforce. Beyond know-how, 100% of Rajant’s Morehead staff has integrity, drive, and enthusiasm fueling their talent.
I have been inspired by SOAR in so many ways – inspired to do more for my community, inspired to collaborate more to improve the region, and inspired to work on my development as a person and a leader.
Jackson County is open for business, and we now have the pieces in place to let the whole world know. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support of SOAR. They listened and connected us with the right people to turn our idea into a reality.
Let’s make it official
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