In the first meeting of 2016 at the Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville, the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Executive Committee welcomed Governor Matt Bevin as the new co-chair of the organization. Gov. Bevin will serve alongside co-founder and co-chair U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers.
“I am honored to be back in Southeastern Kentucky with this inspiring group of leaders. SOAR’s mission, vision and goals are critical as Eastern Kentucky fights to protect coal jobs and attract new opportunities to the region,” stated Gov. Bevin. “I’m proud to share with the SOAR Board and attendees that my budget fully supports the SOAR initiative and, more broadly, the Eastern Kentucky region.”