PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Sharing new ideas and recommendations about how to move Kentucky's Appalachian region forward will be the goal of a summit that will be held in December in Pike County.
Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers announced the summit on Monday at a press conference in Hazard, Kentucky.
The summit is called "S.O.A.R.: Shaping Our Appalachian Region" and will be Monday, December 9 at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville.
The summit comes on the heels of more than 6000 coal mine layoffs and furloughs in Eastern Kentucky in the past two years.
"For several decades, the region has seen a decline in growth and development, hampered by a lack of infrastructure and other resources that communities need to grow and thrive. We know that government alone cannot solve these issues," said Gov. Beshear.
"Over the years, we've expanded infrastructure and vital resources to the most rural parts of the Commonwealth, we've united in the fight against the prescription drug abuse epidemic, and we've partnered across county lines to clean up our hillsides and streams. I am confident that together, we will rise above these new challenges we face. We will overcome," said Congressman Rogers.
The summit is open to any Kentuckian with an interest in the strength and future of Kentucky's Appalachian region.
You can register by clicking the link below.