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APPALACHIAN INITIATIVE
Groups hold first meeting to discuss ideas to improve economy, quality of life in eastern Ky.

Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, April 25, 2014 8:02 AM EDT
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.

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com










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