Paducah Economic Development Holds Annual Meeting
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - The Paducah Economic Development Annual Meeting on Friday at Walker Hall, revealed insight about Paducah’s retail economy future, awarded Judge Executive Bob Leeper the W. David Denton Leadership Award, and introduced a film produced by Partake in Paducah to highlight the unique landscape and community of Paducah.

The meeting’s guest speaker was Lacy Beasley, the president and COO of Retail Strategies, a full-service advisory firm that works with municipalities to bring retail and restaurant business to the community. Beasley and her team at Retail Strategies, conducted an in-depth Facebook survey which revealed how an average consumer in Paducah is different from the average American
The survey indicated where people spend their income, what brands they choose to shop for and how that impacts the local retail economy. Based on the data, Paducah is in a position to benefit from the continued growth and the changing environment in the retail industry.
“What we learned today was that the opportunities are more and not less to grow our retail position in Western Kentucky,” said Scott Darnell, president/CEO President of Paducah Economic Development.

During the meeting, Judge-Executive Bob Leeper was awarded the W. David Denton Leadership Award for his 30 years of dedication to the community. 

“It has been an honor to have a leader such as Judge-Executive Bob Leeper in our community for more than 30 years and his contributions will not be forgotten,” said Scott Darnell. 

Ending the meeting on an energetic note, Jonas Neihoff unveiled a film produced in partnership with Paducah Economic Development and Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership. The film highlights an array of different entities about Paducah showcasing the community with plans for the video to be used as a recruitment tool for businesses throughout the Greater Paducah region. 

“There is an energy about our region that can't be captured in a single story, picture or video. It is a story that is still being told by the collective voice and efforts of the people. So rather than try to define it, we choose to invite you to taste, see, and experience for yourself all that Paducah has to offer, to Partake in Paducah and discover all that we love about our great city. This film is a small glimpse into the diverse ways people Partake in Paducah. We hope you will use this as a way to invite others to join our community and help write the next chapter,” said Jonas Neihoff, president of Socially Present. 

Paducah Economic Development is the economic development agency for Paducah and McCracken County, Ky. It is a public/private partnership formed to attract and grow jobs and investment through assisting existing business with expansion projects and recruiting new businesses.

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Published 01:01 PM, Saturday Aug. 18, 2018
Updated 03:31 PM, Sunday Aug. 19, 2018

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