SOAR, CEDAR mark official partnership

Colby Hall, executive director for SOAR, Inc. (Shaping Our Appalachian Region), and John Justice, executive director for CEDAR, Inc. (Community Economic Development and Revitalization), signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement on Aug. 13. This marked their official partnership in shaping CEDAR’s Education Initiative to focus on the future of Appalachia through economic development, rather than coal. CEDAR unofficially partnered with SOAR last year and, after a successful trial year, the two made the partnership permanent through this agreement.