Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Groups Meeting over Future of Appalachia

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Groups Meeting over Future of Appalachia

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SOMERSET, Ky. - Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson visited eastern Kentucky and declared a war on poverty, hundreds of people in the region met to come up with ideas to improve the area. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the occasion on Thursday in Somerset marked the first meeting of 10 working groups that are part of an initiative called Shaping Our Appalachian Region.

The groups plan to come up with ideas for improving the region's economy and quality of life.

Officials including Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, who worked together to start SOAR last year, have's said they are determined the effort will produce results.

Some of the ideas brought up for discussion included increasing tourism, increasing agriculture and marketing the region as a retirement destination.

Participants began on Thursday by identifying strengths and weaknesses of the area. One group said the region has cultural and natural resources to offer visitors, but there aren't enough places to stay. …

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