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.

Will McDowell Paducah Economic Development

Will McDowell, CEcD

Vice President, Economic Development
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Will is a native of Paducah and a graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School. Before returning home to Paducah, he spent time at the state level working for the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. Will is focused on the business development efforts of PED and maintains strong relationships with state economic development agencies. His philosophy is that if Paducah is a place where talented, creative, and motivated people want to live, then it will be a city where great new companies start, existing companies succeed, and outside companies want to relocate.

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.

Kerri Bonner Paducah Economic Development

Kerri Bonner

Marketing Manager

Kerri Bonner recently moved to the area and serves as an influencer and promoter to the region and throughout the Commonwealth. In addition to curating the @cityofpaducah social media platforms, she volunteers with the Paducah-McCracken County United Way and serves as a Board Member of the Urban Renewal & Community Development Agency, Maiden Alley Cinema, and the Yeiser Art Center.

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