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600 have registered for Appalachian summit

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ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) - Officials say 600 people have registered to participate in a summit next month that will focus on finding ways to bolster the economy in Appalachia.

Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers last month unveiled the initiative, which they dubbed SOAR, Shaping Our Appalachian Region. The summit is set for Dec. 9 at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville.

Beshear has said the economic woes of recent years have hurt Appalachia and intensified the hardships of families in the mountain region

The Independent (http://bit.ly/1bU5D7g) reports registration, which is free, remains open to anyone interested in improving the region.

Beshear said the "overwhelming response is gratifying, but not surprising.

Information from: The Independent

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