Arnett leaving SOAR

Organization begins search for new director

SOAR Executive Director Jared Arnett is stepping down from the organization, once his contract ends in October.

Arnett has been at the helm of SOAR, which advocates for economic development in Appalachian Kentucky, since November 2014.

Jared Arnett

“My work at SOAR has never been a job for me, it’s been a calling,” said Arnett. “It has been an honor to get to be part of a movement of people who are doing what everyone thought was impossible in our end of the state: working together. While I am making a personal transition, I remain committed to being a part of the movement to create a future in Appalachia Kentucky as an entrepreneur, pastor, and Appalachian optimist. I am confident now, more than ever, that our future hinges on our ability to work together to leverage connectivity for economic growth and SOAR will continue to play a critical role on both of those fronts.”

Arnett plans to devote more time to a business he co-founded prior to joining SOAR, Mountain Music Exchange, as well as New Beginnings Fellowship Church, where he serves as pastor.

SOAR has begun a statewide search for a replacement. Arnett plans to remain in his position until a successor is named.