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PRESTONSBURG — Big Sandy Area Development District will host the latest in a series of meetings related to the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative.

The Regional Collaboration and Identity Subcommittee will host a listening session at Big Sandy ADD at 6:30 p.m., Thursday.

“This listening session aims to gather ideas from people living in Eastern Kentucky who are interested in working together to plan for restructuring, rebuilding and diversifying our economy,” Big Sandy ADD executive director Sandy Runyon said.

Runyon said that in order for Eastern Kentucky to meet its challenges, communities around the region must work together.

“We must have the collaboration and cooperation of private enterprise, government entities, non-profits and the general public, across all boundaries, to the meet challenges of the future for this region,” Runyon said. “We need your help. Please show us you care by participating in the process.”

The SOAR initiative is a venture by Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers to bring Eastern Kentuckians together to chart a new course for the region’s economy, in the face of an uncertain future for the coal industry.

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