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Paducah Business Community Members to Attend DC Fly-In

Members of the Paducah business community head to Washington DC Wednesday for a two-day meeting with the state Congressional delegation and other officials.

Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce President Sandra Wilson says this year's trip has the largest attendance with 47 participants.

Focus areas include cleanup work at the Paducah DOE site, funding for the Kentucky Lock project, the Essential Air Service and other funding for the Barkley Regional Airport, and a request for a Center for Excellence designation from the Transportation Department for West Kentucky Community and Technical College for maritime workforce training.

Attendees represent local government, banking, health care, non-profit, education, DOE contractors, transportation industry reps and others.

Elected officials attending include State Senator Danny Carroll, mayor Brandi Harless, city commissioners Sarah Stewart Holland and Sandra Wilson, county commissioners Bill Bartleman and Scott Wathen and Ballard County Judge Executive Todd Cooper.

Meetings are scheduled with Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. The group will also meet with Kentucky's Senators and Representatives, members of the Environmental Protection Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, Federal Aviation Administration, Energy Communities Alliance, National Association of Manufacturers and Maritime Administration.

The Paducah Chamber began coordinating the annual visits 15 years ago.

This story has been updated

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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