Over the years the SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) Summit has grown in size. Last year Kentucky Men’s Head Basketball Coach John Calipari spoke at the summit. This year the summit takes place in Pikeville on August 30th and 31st and will feature a substantial amount of talk surrounding the future of Appalachia. The theme behind this years summit is “There is a future in Appalachia.” Executive Director of Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Jared Arnett, says the end goal he’s shooting for is putting 30,000 people to work. While he understands that is an incredible goal to meet he adds there is one thing that gives him hope and that’s the people of this region. Registration is still open.