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In a previous column, I mentioned in an earlier article the importance of having a business retention and expansion program included in a community's growth plan. Part of the reason is that it is relatively easier and less costly to maintain and grow existing businesses in a community than t…

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The close relationship between workforce development and economic development will be examined for the second year in a row during a day-long symposium at West Kentucky Community and Technical College April 17.

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Nurse practitioner Kelly Patterson, APRN, recently joined Baptist Health Medical Group Cardiothoracic Surgery. She has more than 10 years of experience providing nursing care to patients in western Kentucky. A board-certified nurse practitioner, Patterson earned a bachelor's degree in nursin…

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I try to dedicate as much time as I can to traveling throughout the 1st Congressional District and seeing the exciting programs and opportunities underway, especially relating to workforce development. Based on recent stops in our district, I'm encouraged to see that efforts to equip our wor…

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A skilled workforce means more than workers having the technical skills to the job. Today, more employers are not only looking for employees who can do a job correctly, but they are looking for workers with a mastery of “soft skills.”

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Library clerk at McCracken County Public Library

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Chief marketing officer, EZ Portable Buildings, 3.5 years

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Investment portfolio manager, U.S. Bank

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Director of residential mortgage services, Paducah Bank

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Vice president of business development, KeeFORCE

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Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Power in Partnership Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, Julian Carroll Convention Center. This month's sponsor is the PaducahMcCracken Joint Sewer Agency. The program is the annual "state of the city/county" with Mayor Brandi Harless and Judge-Executive …

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Commercial relationship manager, vice president, Paducah Bank

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Nurse anesthetist, Total Anesthesia Solutions, Mayfield

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Leslie Heath was presented with the Joe. C. Marshall Distinguished Service Award at the November Paducah Board of Realtors luncheon. She has been a Realtor since 1998, serving on numerous local committees and as board president in 2008. She also served the National Association of Realtors as…

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Over the last few months, this column has examined the top threats in 2019, according to the 2019 cyber threatscape report, including geopolitical actors, evolving cybercriminals, ransomware, supply chain threats, and cloud vulnerabilities. This month we are focusing on the threat from your …

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Timothy Story, of Benton, was recently honored with the "Unsung Hero" award by senior managers of Mediacom in a ceremony at the company's regional operations center in Moline, Ill. Story was recognized for his work as a warehouse associate. He has been with the company for one year.

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Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Power in Partnership Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, Julian Carroll Convention Center. This month's sponsor is US Bank and the featured speaker is Ashli Watts, president/CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $15 members, $25 non-members. RSVP…

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This holiday season, my family and I were able to come to Paducah to attend the Russian Ballet performance of "The Nutcracker" and two concerts of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.

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Society cannot incarcerate its way out of the public health crisis that is drug addiction. But in making the possession of drugs a felony rather than a misdemeanor, Kentucky shows a stubborn willingness to continue to try.

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So many times, when we think of the word safety, our minds default to an industrial plant setting. But let me ask you a couple of questions.

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The challenge of connecting with potential employees often emerges when business leaders talk about the workforce. I too have questioned, how can we let young people know what modern manufacturing -- or other vocations -- offer in job variety, pay, advancement and other opportunities?

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Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Power in Partnership Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, Julian Carroll Convention Center. This month's program, sponsored by Baptist Health Paducah, is the annual Salute to Education. Come early to see the regional schools' exhibits. Speaker is Rebecca W…

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As part of a five-part series on the cyber threats individuals and businesses in our region, this month we focus on ransomware.

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WASHINGTON -- Barbara Myers started work as an apprentice electrician in 1995, and over the years she learned to shoot back sexual banter on the job site as much as she had to take it from some of her coworkers.

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Averitt Express has been recognized in a national survey as a military-friendly company. According to Viqtory, the company which compiled the survey, military-friendly employers strive to help veterans and other members of the military community transition into employment in the civilian wor…

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Last month was the start of a five-part series for this column about the cyber threats facing individuals and businesses in our region. As noted previously, the top threats in 2019 include geopolitical actors, evolving cybercriminals, ransomware, supply chain threats, and cloud vulnerabilities.

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Working to ensure that every person in Paducah/McCracken County is counted, West Kentucky Community and Technical College was recently named a Census Partner for the 2020 U.S. Census.

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Earlier this year in a speech discussing immigration, former President George W. Bush declared Americans need to "dial down the rhetoric, put politics aside and modernize our immigration laws." The Kentucky business community agrees.

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The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce's Power in Partnership session on Oct. 3 will be a luncheon instead of the usual breakfast. The event will be a gubernatorial candidate forum featuring Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear. Buffet lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., and the televised…

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While the Barkley Regional Airport Authority board was considering who to hire to succeed longtime Executive Director Richard Roof, one of the candidates was doing some "due diligence" of his own.

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John Williams Jr., a managing director-investments with the Paducah branch of Wells Fargo Advisors, has earned the designation of certified private wealth adviser professional as authorized by the Investments and Wealth Institute. The certification identifies those individuals who have met t…

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Cybercrime is one of the largest threats facing every individual and business in our country. According to the 2019 Cyber Threatscape Report, the top threats in 2019 include geopolitical actors, evolving cybercriminals, ransomware, supply chain threats, and cloud vulnerabilities.

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Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Power in Partnership Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, Julian Carroll Convention Center. This month's sponsor is Whitlow, Roberts, Houston & Straub. The program is a Candidates Forum with Shea Nickell and Whitney Westerfield, candidates for Supreme…

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It's been several years since I wrote about compensation plans. Please understand that if you have more than two employees in your organization, you do have a plan whether you realize it or not.

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Blythe CPAs & Advisors, a Paducah-based accounting and financial services firm, announces the following promotions:

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It's been written, "Everything old is new again." The 4P's have served as the Marketing Mix foundation for 55 years and are a simple, valuable tool for every business even in our "digital age."

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Kentucky employers have a growing front-line awareness of the devastating impact the opioid epidemic is having on our state. They know that this epidemic is more than a public health issue. It is also a serious workforce issue that must be addressed - with employers playing a key role - if t…

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One often hears the terms "entrepreneurship, innovation and small business" spoken in economic development organizations, main street programs, chambers of commerce and other community development organizations when discussing start-up and pre-venture growth potential for a community.