Commonly Asked RFI Questions

Scott Darnell
President/CEO
Paducah Economic Development

270-575-6633 (office)
800-788-0110 (toll free)
270-575-6648 (fax)

270-210-7392 (cell)
scott@epaducah.com

Below are questions that economic development prospects and site selectors routinely ask about our area.


Workforce Questions

TOTAL POPULATION FOR THE PADUCAH AREA

The population of the Paducah Labor shed is 233,225. The Paducah-Mayfield Combined Statistical Area has a population of 136,328.

TOTAL WORK FORCE SIZE FOR THE COMMUNITY

Labor force in the Paducah area is 110,866 and is expected to remain constant through 2015.  Total population in the labor shed is 233,225.

INDICATE CONSTRUCTION WORK FORCE SIZE FOR THE COMMUNITY

The construction workforce size is 4,104.

TOP 25 MCCRACKEN COUNTY EMPLOYERS

Top 25 McCracken County Employers

EmployerEmployee #CountyProduct
Ingram Barge2,500McCrackenInland marine
Baptist Health Paducah1,655McCrackenHospital
Lourdes Hospital1,550McCrackenHospital
Marquette Transportation1,430McCrackenInland marine
McCracken County Public Schools1,121McCrackenK-12
James Marine860McCrackenInland marine/barge mfg
WalMart728McCrackenRetail
West KY Community & Technical College525McCrackenHigher Education
Paducah Public Schools448McCrackenK-12
City of Paducah405McCrackenGovernment
TeleTech250McCrackenCall Center
Fluor Federal Services400McCrackenClean-up Contractor
Credit Bureau Systems298McCrackenCredit reporting/collections
Lynx Services275McCrackenCall Center
TVA-Shawnee Power Plant270McCrackenPower
Computer Services225McCrackenBank processing
Dippin Dots185McCrackenIce cream Mfg
VMV PaducahBuilt/NRE Paducah181McCrackenLocomotive Mfg
ViWin Tech Windows & Doors177McCrackenWindow/door Mfg
Triangle Enterprises170McCrackenIndustrial scaffolding, HVAC, Sheet Metal
Henry A. Petter Supply150McCrackenIndustrial distributor
National Maintenance & Repair124McCrackenBarge repair
HT Hackney114McCrackenWholesale Distribution
PROVIDE LIST OF TOP 10 MCCRACKEN COUNTY MANUFACTURING COMPANIES BY JOBS
James Marine800
TVA Shawnee Steam Plant270
Triangle Enterprises170
Dippin’ Dots167
VinylWindow Technologies166
Whitehall Industries150
VMV Enterprises121
Syntechnics78
Cole Lumber Co.75
Precision Machine66

Transportation Questions

NEAREST COMMERCIAL SERVICE AIRPORT

Barkley Regional Airport
Paducah, Kentucky
Two Runways (6,499 feet in length and 5,500 feet in length)
Commercial service to Chicago-O’Hare via United Express Jet (two flights daily)

DESCRIBE INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION

Interstate 24 (east-west) runs through the heart of Paducah. I-24 makes up the majority of a high-traffic corridor between St. Louis, Missouri and Atlanta, Ga. and provides Paducah with direct access to Nashville, Tenn. The following are mileages from Paducah along the corridor: Nashville (135 miles), St. Louis (172 miles), Chattanooga (266 miles), Atlanta (381 miles).

DESCRIBE NEAREST RIVERPORT
  • Paducah-McCracken County Riverport
  • 2,300 feet of Tennessee River frontage
  • Located at the confluence of the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers
  • Less than 50 miles from the Mississippi River
  • Nation’s northernmost ice-free riverport facility
  • Major hub for shipment of commodities, barge line repair and operational facilities
  • Rail service provided by a short line, the P&L, which connects with two Class I’s, the BNSF and CN

 

Services

Barge discharge to truck, barge discharge to conveyor, barge loading by crane, conveyer to barge, truck and rail to storage

Bulk Cargo

A conveyor system with a 30″ belt can move 500 tons per hour to warehouse or outdoor storage, dumping facilities are available for incoming unit trains and trucks

 

General Cargo

With a 25,000 square-foot dockside staging area, the port can handle goods of practically any scale

 

Liquid Cargo Tank Facility

Facilities allow for transferring from barge-to-rail or barge-to-truck

  • Construction, Agriculture and Manufacturing:
  • Aggregates and Other Building Materials
  • Fertilizers – Dry Bulk and Liquid
  • Steel – Rolls and Beams
  • Ocean – going Containers
  • Veneer Logs and Finished Lumber
  • Wood Products and Pulpwood
  • Agricultural Feeds, Supplies and Bulk Grains
  • Petroleum Products – Diesel Fuel, Gasoline, Kerosene, Lube Oil and Solvents
  • Palletized Cargo
  • Coal and Ores
  • Aluminum
  • Zircon Sand
  • Handling, Storage and Bagging
  • Multiple mooring facilities can simultaneously handle barges carrying different cargoes
  • Fully equipped for bulk, general and liquid products
  • Over 2,300 cumulative feet of river frontage

Warehouse Capacities at the Port

  • Bulk -14,000-ton capacity
  • General Cargo – 36,000 square feet
  • Outside Storage -100,000 tons on 27 acres with room to expand
  • Packaging Capabilities-facilities and equipment for bagging, bundling and repackaging
  • Around-the-clock switching service
  • Bulk Cargo- 25-ton American Crane with 5-yard clam bucket
  • General Cargo-20-ton Linden Crane
  • Liquid Cargo-2.62 million gallons cumulative capacity

 

Primary Equipment at the Paducah Riverport
QuantityEquipment
1125-ton Crawler Crane
120-ton Tower Crane
4Rubber-tired Loaders
86,000# Forklifts
124,000# Forklift
152,000# Forklift
RAILWAYS SERVING THE AREA

Paducah & Louisville Railway (P&L)

  • Full-service, 265-mile, regional railroad, access to Louisville
  • Connects directly with four of the seven Class I Carriers (BNSF, CSX, CN and NS)
  • Connects with regional railroad (INRD)
  • Connects with two short lines (LIRC and FVRR)
  • Interchanges with unit coal trains with the UP
  • Serves several rail-barge-rail transfer facilities on the Ohio and Tennessee rivers
  • Waterways Connections: Ohio River in Paducah, Tennessee River in Paducah

 

Canadian National (CN)

  • Class I Carrier
  • Runs along the Mississippi River
  • 20,400 route miles of track
  • Northernmost rail line within the North American Rail Network
  • Access to New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis

 

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF)

  • Class I Carrier
  • One of four transcontinental railroads in North America
  • Serves Midwest and Western United States
  • More intermodal traffic than any rail system in the world
  • 32,166 route miles of track

Emergency Services

DESCRIBE HOSPITAL SERVICES

Lourdes Hospital

  • Located in Paducah
  • Regional referral center serving four states
  • 379 beds
  • 200 physicians
  • 1,460 employees
  • Awards: Part of Thomson Reuters’s Top 10 Health Systems in US
  • 5-star ratings in Cardiac and Critical Care from HealthGrades

 

Baptist Health Paducah

  • Located in Paducah
  • Regional referral center serving four states
  • Serves about 200,000 patients/year
  • 240 physicians
  • 1,800 employees
  • 349 beds
  • Awards: Top-100 Cardiovascular Hospital
  • Top 3 percent Breast Imaging in US
  • Top 4 percent Coronary Artery Disease Care in US
  • Top 5 percent Chest Pain Treatment in US
  • Top 15 percent Cancer Care in US

Education Questions

DESCRIBE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEMS AND PROGRAMS

There are two public school systems in Paducah:

 

Paducah Public Schools-

  • 2,779 students
  • 14-1 student/teacher ratio
  • 1 of 18 out performing districts in Kentucky according to Standard and Poor’s
  • 76 percent of teachers have a master’s degree
  • Honors level classes in all basic subjects
  • 16 advanced placement courses
  • Dual credit with West Kentucky Community & Technical College
  • $17 million Paducah Middle School built in 2013

 

McCracken Co. Public Schools-

  • 7,070 students
  • 15-1 student/teacher ratio
  • Composite ACT score 1.2 points above state average
  • 17 advanced placement courses
  • Attendance rate .99 percent above state average
  • All high school students are given an Apple MacBook
  • Graduation rate of 90.20, above state average of 83.91
  • Pre-engineering and biomedical sciences programs
  • $56 million high school built in 2013
DESCRIBE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY PRIVATE EDUCATION SYSTEMS AND PROGRAMS

St. Mary School System-

  • Founded in 1812
  • 610 students
  • 95-98 percent of graduates attend college
  • Christ-centered education rooted in Catholic tradition

 

Catholic Rates  
Grade

Tuition

Parish Subsidy

Total

K-5th

$2,375

$1,850

$4,225

6th-8th

$2,496

$2,350

$4,846

9th-11th

$2,731

$2,750

$5,481

12th

$2,920

$2,750

$5,670

 

Non-Catholic Rates
Grade

Total

K-5th

$5,280

6th-8th

$6,111

9th-11th

$6,894

12th

$7,086

 

Community Christian Academy

  • Founded in 1992
  • Graduating class of 2010 received more than $1.3 million in scholarship offers
  • Continued growth led to the purchase of approximately 25 acres on Highway 45, 3 miles south of Lone Oak, on which to build a new school.
  • CCA began the 2010-11 school year with 220 students and 34 faculty members.
DESCRIBE TWO-YEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE

West Kentucky Community & Technical College

  • 10,000 students
  • More than 200 associate degree, diploma and certification options
  • 40 academic and technical areas
  • Emerging Technology Center for workforce training
  • Named Top 5 Community College in Nation by Aspen Institute
DESCRIBE FOUR YEAR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE REGION

Murray State University

  • 10,416 students
  • U.S. News and World Report top tier regional universities for 18 consecutive years
  • Five academic colleges

 

University of Kentucky College of Engineering in Paducah-

  • Bachelor’s degrees in mechanical and chemical engineering

 

Daymar College

  • 400 students
  • Degrees in allied health, business, legal and electronics engineering tech

Community Questions

COST OF LIVING STATISTICS

ACCRA Cost of Living Index 2014 annual average results for the Paducah Micropolitan Statistical Area

Composite:81 (less than U.S. Average of 100)
Groceries:92.2 (less than U.S. Average of 100)
Housing:56 (less than U.S. Average of 100)
Utilitites:96 (less than U.S. Average of 100)
Transportation:91 (less than U.S. Average of 100)
Healthcare:91 (less than U.S. Average of 100)
Misc. Goods & Services:95 (less than U.S. Average of 100)

 

Incentives

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENTS

Industrial Revenue Bonds

Property tax abatements can be granted by issuing Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRB) for up to a 30-year term on real and personal property taxes. The City of Paducah may grant up to a five-year property tax abatement without going through the IRB process.

CORPORATE INCOME TAX CREDITS

KBI Tax Credit
This credit can provide up to 100 percent of corporate income or limited liability entity tax arising from the project. The company may collect up to 100 percent of initial investment over a 10-year period of time as a credit against state corporate taxes.

 

KRA Program
This is a state tax credit for existing industries. Companies may receive up to 50 percent credit for equipment and 100 percent credit for training costs. The company must provide an at least $2.5 million capital investment.

 

Bluegrass Skills Training Investment Credit
This is a state income tax credit for existing industries which allows companies to recover 50 percent of training costs. It is limited to $500 per Kentucky resident, not to exceed $100,000 per company biennium.

SALES AND USE TAX CREDITS

KEIA Program
This program provides a refund of the sales/use tax paid for building and construction materials, research and development equipment, and electronic processing equipment (minimum $50,000 investment). To qualify, an eligible company must invest at least $500,000 in the project.

FINANCING OPPORTUNITIES

Local Build-to-Lease through IRB’s or local bank financing
Paducah Economic Development will consider building and financing facilities which meet our payroll and jobs objectives ($12/hour plus benefits, including health insurance) to suit the needs of a project. Projects in the following sectors will get preference: logistics/distribution, automotive suppliers, railroad equipment manufacturers or repair, maritime equipment manufacturers or repair, call centers with a healthcare focus. The lease agreement for such a build-to-suit will be negotiated based on jobs, wages, credit and investment.

 

KEDFA Loan Program
This program offers loans ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 (for agribusiness, tourism, industrial ventures or service industry).

 

Project CostKEDFA Participation
Up to $200,00050%
$200,000 to $500,00040%
Above $500,00030%
OTHER PADUCAH AREA INCENTIVES

Temporary Office Space
Paducah Economic Development will arrange for temporary office space during the construction of facilities for projects which provide a significant economic benefit to our area.

*Disclaimer: All incentives must be applied for and will be based on a negotiated agreement between Paducah partners and your company. Should your company invest in equipment or real estate before applying for such incentives, no incentives will be granted. Incentive applications will be responded to within 5 five business days.

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