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.
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.
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 and Charity League of Paducah.
Heather Pierce is Paducah Economic Development’s new project manager who will assist in the implementation of the Forward Paducah strategy and work collaboratively with the public/private sector partners. Heather has experience working for small business, non-profit, corporations and has fourteen years of real estate experience. Heather is an avid volunteer for the Paducah School System, serves on the PTA at Tilghman High School and has served as a board member for Market House Theatre for the past five years.