Shaping Our Appalachian Region

A nonprofit driving population growth in Eastern Kentucky

Working for Eastern Kentucky

Shaping Our Appalachian Region is a nonprofit serving the 54 Appalachian Regional Commission counties of Eastern Kentucky. Born from the economic fallout of the coal industry, Shaping Our Appalachian Region’s mission today is to solve the deep-seated issue of population retention and growth in Eastern Kentucky.

Shaping Our Appalachian Region serves the 54 Appalachian Regional Commission counties in Eastern Kentucky.

Follow four steps to get involved with Shaping Our Appalachian Region

Shaping Our Appalachian Region is combating population loss in Eastern Kentucky by investing in existing communities and attracting new residents. We know this will in turn drive economic growth and regional prosperity. But we’re not just talking the talk — we’re actively executing our ideas every day. We invite you to join us in our mission by taking four steps.

Step 1:
Get online

Tap into free resources for digital literacy and upskilling.

Step 2:
Get to work

Access a one-stop-shopfor digital skills training, regional job listings, and remote work opportunities in Eastern Kentucky.

Step 3:
Get business help

Get free entrepreneurship training, services, and funding through SOAR Innovation.

Step 4:
Get engaged

Attend local events to share tools, ideas, and strategies for moving our region forward — together.

By the numbers: Shaping Our Appalachian Region 2023

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