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PED search firm has Kentucky ties

BY DAVID ZOELLERdzoeller@paducahsun.comSNbS

Paducah Economic Development officials have hired a consultant with Kentucky ties to help them find the next leader of the organization.

Logan Development Group of Oxford, Miss., is overseeing the recruitment effort to replace Chad Chancellor, outgoing PED president/CEO, who is leaving in mid-September to start his own business. Search firm CEO Daniel Logan's knowledge of the industry and the area is what led PED to choose him, said Stan Eckenberg, chair of the local search committee.

Logan is a Kentucky native who has worked directly in economic development in the state. He has conducted searches in more than 30 states in his 11 years of experience.

"We like the Kentucky ties because he knows Paducah," Eckenberg said. With his experience recruiting nationwide, Logan can  also assist PED in looking "beyond the borders of Kentucky" to help find the best candidate, he said.

Eckenberg said the economic development success under Chancellor's leadership has made an impression on the industry, and Logan has informed the committee that the search will likely attract 50-100 qualified candidates.

"He assures us it will be a highly sought-after job," Eckenberg said.

Among the things that make the PED position attractive to prospective candidates is the fact it is well supported within the community, both financially and otherwise, according to Eckenberg.

"People want to go where they have a chance to succeed," he said.

Logan Development Group created a recruitment profile based on input from community and business leaders to assist in the search. The consultant is advertising the position nationally and will narrow the list down to perhaps a dozen or so, Eckenberg said. The search committee will then reduce the list down to three to five finalists.

Ideally, the committee would like to have the position filled by September to have some overlap with Chancellor, Eckenberg said.

"We've been saying we're in a hurry, but we're not going to rush," Eckenberg said, indicating the committee's focus is on finding the best candidate.

Ken Hunt, PED board chairman, echoed those comments.

"Chad Chancellor did a tremendous job for our organization and community," Hunt said. "We need to make sure we hire the best person for this position, whether they are from Kentucky or somewhere else. We owe it to our investors and community to find a leader that can build on our momentum."

Contact David Zoeller, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8676.

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