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Local legislators to provide briefing at Chamber event

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The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce will host a legislative briefing Saturday on issues before the Kentucky General Assembly.

The briefing will be at 9 a.m. at the Commerce Center, 300 S. Third St.  Area legislators will provide updates on the issues. Confirmed to attend are Reps. Gerald Watkins, Steven Rudy, Will Coursey, Richard Heath and Lynn Bechler.

"Area residents who do not have an opportunity to travel to Frankfort will be able to share their support or concerns with our elected officials on issues that are important to our community," said chamber board chairwoman Deborah Edmonds. "The briefing will also enable our legislators to hear directly from their constituents and to address any questions they may have."

The Paducah Chamber and Paducah Economic Development coordinated a process prior to the start of the session to identify the community's priority capital and transportation infrastructure projects through an online survey, public input forums and follow-up meetings. Paducah and McCracken County officials participated.

The priorities identified, including a policy statement on the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, were:

n Capital Priority Project - West Kentucky Community & Technical College: Paducah School of Art and Design. 

n Transportation Infrastructure Priority Projects - Inner Loop: Improvements to Friendship Road from Lone Oak Road to Olivet Church Road to Hinkleville Road; widening of Blandville Road from Olivet Church Road to the Commerce Park; improvements to the interchange at Hinkleville Road and Interstate 24; continuation of improving access to the Ohio River Triple Rail Megasite; continuation of study for the Outer Loop. 

The chamber also has a policy statement regarding the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

"The Paducah-McCracken County community and the region respectfully request continuing assistance with the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and the loss of jobs for this highly-trained workforce of 1,100 men and women."

For more information on the briefing, contact the chamber at 270-443-1746.

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