Scott Darnell Paducah Economic Development

Scott Darnell, MBA, CEcD


Scott is the President/CEO of Paducah Economic Development. He has worked in the 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 works to keep the public/private sector focused on a holistic approach to economic development with Forward Paducah. He also serves on 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.

Nora Rikel Paducah Economic Development

Nora Rikel

Chief Financial Officer

Nora Rikel began her employment with the Greater Paducah Economic Development Council in 1989 assisting with the community’s effort to attract the Atomic Vapor Laser Isotope Separation project (AVLIS). Upon completion of that project, she was hired as an administrative assistant. Accounting and financial functions for the organization were soon added to her job duties. With her vast institutional knowledge of Paducah businesses and local government, Nora is the glue that holds PED together.

Nora Rikel Paducah Economic Development

Allison Harpole

Marketing and Public Relations

Allison Harpole is a native of Paducah and earned a Bachelors of the Arts degree with a major in public relations from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. During her studies, she gained knowledge and expertise in the fields of communications and public relations from Way Solutions, The Frist Center for the Arts, and McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations. She is also a social media strategist with her business, Harp & Oaks, and is a member of the Influence Chapter of BNI, Paducah Professional Women, Charity League of Paducah and is a board member of Project Hope Humane Society.

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