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This report is part of a series produced by WKMS News highlighting races appearing on the 2020 general election ballot.

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Candidates for Paducah’s mayoral office and the District 3 State Representative seat faced off in a candidate forum today hosted by the Paducah Chamber of Commerce. Each responded to a range of issues posed by commerce members and local media.

Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce


Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce today held a virtual call to discuss challenges black and minority business owners face.

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The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet is currently training new employees to total 1,000 people available to manage incoming phone calls regarding unemployment insurance. Deputy Secretary Josh Benton said the department also restructured call priorities to ensure those with the most urgent need receive assistance first. He anticipates these initiatives will help decrease the wait time for callers.

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McCracken County and Paducah leaders presented their vision for the community Thursday at a Chamber of Commerce event.

McCracken county and Paducah leaders said they want to continue to work together to expand the region’s economy this year but differed on goals they wanted to see, in speeches given at the Paducah Chamber of Commerce’s annual breakfast banquet Thursday morning.





McCracken County Judge Executive-Elect Craig Clymer gave his speech to regional business leaders first. He said he plans to collaborate with Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless on economic development.

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  The state of the City of Paducah and McCracken County is one of resilience. That theme emerged in an address given by local officials to members of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. Mayor Brandi Harless and County Judge Executive Bob Leeper anticipate challenges surrounding state pensions in the new year.

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Businesses in Kentucky will struggle in moving forward with a pro-growth, job creating agenda unless the state pension issue is resolved. That’s according to Kentucky Chamber President Dave Adkisson.

He told the Paducah Chamber Thursday that the pension problem and tax reform are their top priorities for the 2018 General Assembly.  

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U.S. Congressman James Comer will speak at the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Luncheon on August 17.

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It took ten years for the Kentucky legislature to pass Senate Bill 11, known as the “Leeper Act,” lifting a moratorium on the nuclear industry. But state leaders say it could take another decade before there is nuclear energy development in the commonwealth. Governor Matt Bevin and area lawmakers gathered in Paducah on Wednesday after for a ceremonial signing of the bill.