Paducah Economic Development Council

Dylan Nichols / LATA Kentucky

A West Kentucky Community and Technical College program set to begin in May will train people for potential Department of Energy work.

The Health Physics Training Program is a partnership between WKCTC and Paducah Economic Development to prepare people to clean up the gaseous diffusion plant.

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Paducah Economic Development is accepting applicants to fill their new Vice President position. PED President and CEO Scott Darnell says the new VP will manage economic development initiatives.

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The new Paducah Economic Development CEO is making several staffing changes.

CEO Scott Darnell began his post in mid-September after Chad Chancellor left to begin his own economic development agency. 

Darnell confirms EntrePaducah Director Chuck Sexton and Sales and Marketing Director Mallory Panuska have left while Vice President Charlie Martin and PACRO assistant director Mariam Miller are staying on until December 31st.

The US Department of Energy has resumed possession of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant from the former United States Enrichment Corporation following a ceremony this morning.

This marks the end of the year-long process after USEC announced it would no longer enrich uranium in May of 2013. 


Paducah Economic Development board members have chosen a new CEO after a nearly four-month national search.

Scott Darnell currently serves as president of North Carolina-based Burke Development Incorporated. He says the years of cooperative leadership in McCracken County drew him to the position and that he has plans to work with displaced gaseous diffusion plant workers.

125 Jobs May Come to Paducah

Jun 4, 2014

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) and potential lease agreement approved last night by the Paducah City Commission clears the way for Michigan-based Genova Products to add 125 jobs to the region. Paducah Economic Development Corporation president and CEO Chad Chancellor made the announcement after emerging from a commission executive session.

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Paducah Economic Development President/CEO Chad Chancellor has announced that he'll be stepping down from his post in September to pursue new job opportunities. 

PED Plans Next Steps in PACRO Admin Takeover

Sep 3, 2013

Chad Chancellor and the Paducah Economic Development are poised to step in as the new Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization administrator after a unanimous subcommittee vote Tuesday at the Commerce Center in Paducah.

The vote comes a week late after a PACRO subcommittee and the board broke a series of Kentucky Open Meetings and Open Records Laws, which rendered last week's meetings void.

USEC Worker Helps Save Paducah Jobs

Dec 4, 2012

Funds from the Kentucky Department of Energy and Environment will help pay for a United States Enrichment Corporation employee who will work with Paducah Economic Development officials to help save jobs at the city’s gaseous diffusion plant.  The McCracken County Fiscal Court voted last night to accept the $75,000 to pay travel and other expenses over the next year for USEC employee Charlie Martin.  McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry says USEC will continue to pay Martin’s salary while he researches ways to keep local people working at the plant.

Paducah Economic Development Council president Chad Chancellor says officials need to start thinking about alternative future uses for the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

Chancellor's comments come on the heels of First District Congressman Ed Whitfield's comment that nuclear fuel refining operations are on their “last leg.”