The debate is over. There is a Future in Appalachia!

The 2018 SOAR Summit was a huge success. More than 1,200 people attended this year’s main session, and more than 600 people attended the first-ever Pre-Summit leadership session and specialized tracks on Technology and Health in Appalachia. None of this would be possible without the support of our partners. This year’s Summit featured interactive exhibits that showcased the innovation and collaboration taking place across the region. It spanned businesses and organizations align with our Blueprint for a 21st Century Appalachia

We would like to extend our gratitude to SOAR Principal Officers Congressman Hal Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin, as well as our speakers at the Summit: Major General (Retired) Vinny Boles, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas, USDA Rural Development’s Anne Hazlett, USDA Rural Development State Director Hilda Legg, Ragant Corporation CEO Bob Schena, and Silver Liner CEO Chris Tomlinson.








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