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Creating a Future in Appalachia.



Doing things that have never been done.

There is a Future is powered by Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR). This is a platform to showcase the work that is driving transformative change throughout Appalachia Kentucky. Our success is guided by a Blueprint for the Future, and we exist to make sure that plan does not sit on a shelf.




How appropriate is it for SOAR… The headwind we face in Eastern Kentucky will create the resistance for us to fly.
— Major Dan Rooney | 2019 SOAR Summit Keynote Speaker


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There is a Future in Appalachia.  Here's why:

We have a vision

A 21st Century Appalachia

Connected | Skilled | Innovative | Healthy | Industrial | Sustainable | Destination

We have a plan

Our Blueprint for a 21st Century Appalachia

we have partners

Nearly 150 organizations, agencies, and individuals who believe and are taking action

We have proof

Stories of success, hope, and transformation that are proving our vision is possible

There are opportunities for you in appalachia kY

Start or grow your business?  Move your business? Build a career?  Expand your skills? Spend a weekend here? Get healthy?  Take the leap. is a project of Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR)


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