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Bruce Wilcox


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Greater Paducah Economic Development President/CEO Bruce Wilcox knows Paducah and knows how to make Paducah work for you. A leading member of Paducah’s business community for over twenty-five years, Bruce has served in senior-level corporate roles including CFO, VP, President, and CEO. He brings a diverse and expansive skillset to the GPED mission, with a wealth of expertise in economic development, business acquisition, finance, accounting and operational management.

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Nora Rikel

Chief Financial Officer

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A veteran of Paducah-McCracken County economic development, Nora Rikel first began working with GPED in 1989, assisting in the recruitment of Atomic Vapor Laser Isotope Separation project (AVLIS). Today in her role as CFO she brings vast institutional knowledge of local government as well as area business that makes her an invaluable resource in GPED’s effective and pro-active support of industrial growth.

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Heather Pierce

Project Manager

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As GPED Project Manager, Heather Pierce makes it her mission to provide the resources your operation needs to make your project a success in Paducah. A native of the city, she worked in residential and commercial real estate for 15 years prior to joining GPED; her experience also includes small business, entrepreneurship and non-profit organizations. Heather’s broad background helps her see the big picture and the smallest detail. Mostly importantly, she sees what you need and makes it happen.


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