Scott Darnell, MBA, CEcD
Scott is the President/CEO of Paducah Economic Development. Scott has worked in economic development profession at the local, state, and regional levels with emphasis on global recruitment, retention/expansion, and the technology sector. At Paducah Economic Development Scott work to keep the public/private sector focused on a holistic approach to economic development with Forward Paducah. He also serves and the Regional Industrial Park board and represents the community in other economic development areas. Scott is active in many activities outside of work, but finds the cycling community in Paducah his top choice.
Will McDowell, CEcD
Will is a native of Paducah and a graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School. Before returning home to
Paducah, Will spent time at the state level while working for the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic
Development. Will is focused on the business development efforts of PED and maintaining strong
relationships with state economic development agencies. Will’s philosophy is that if we make Paducah a
place where talented, creative, and motivated people want to live, we create a city where great new
companies start, existing companies succeed, and outside companies want to move.
Chief Financial Officer
Nora Rikel joined the GPEDC staff in 1989 and the following year became the administrative assistant
and Chief Financial Officer. With her vast institutional knowledge of Paducah businesses and local
government, Nora is the glue that holds PED together.