Governor Steve Beshear honored during SOAR meeting

by Jackson Latta

Governor Steve Beshear was honored during Monday’s SOAR meeting at Big Sandy Community College for his dedication to SOAR initiative and the future of Eastern Kentucky.

The Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) executive board took time to honor Governor Steve Beshear in his last meeting as the co-chair of the group. Gov. Beshear, who is term-limited and will leave office at the end of this year, and Congressman Hal Rogers created the SOAR initiative in 2013 and have been dedicated to its progress ever since.

Congressman Hal Rogers spoke glowingly of his partnership with Beshear and their work together on the SOAR initiative before presenting the Governor with a customized rocking chair to honor his service.

“The Governor has been a steadfast partner as we launched SOAR – a long term mission to revitalize eastern Kentucky. His dedication to bring statewide broadband and other critical projects to fruition has been remarkable,” said Congressman Rogers. “I am grateful for his partnership and friendship. Through SOAR, we were able to put politics aside and focus on the importance of being Kentuckians first.”

Roger’s said that Beshear’s vision and pursuit of the SOAR mission have been a non-stop effort. “It has been exciting working with Governor Beshear.”

Rogers and Beshear had visited a work site for the Mountain Parkway expansion earlier that day.

“Working in concert with SOAR, we are closing gaps in economic opportunities across our region and I’m pleased to see the expansion of the Mountain Parkway speeding ahead,” said Rogers. “The future looks bright in Eastern Kentucky as progress continues on the parkway and the I-Way, our broadband interstate.”

Rogers lauded Beshear for his many accolades during the presentation, but added that Beshear’s work with the SOAR initiative would continue. “We’re not through with you yet.”

by Jackson Latta

Jackson Latta can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

Jackson Latta can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

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