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President and CEO

The Greater Paducah Economic Development Council (GPEDC) is seeking candidates for the position of President and CEO. GPEDC is a public-private partnership charged with the recruitment, retention, expansion and diversification of the economic base of Paducah and McCracken County, Kentucky.


Scope: This position is responsible to the Chairman and Board of Directors of GPEDC. Activities of the position include: Identification and recruitment of new businesses to Paducah/McCracken County through a cohesive marketing effort; Development of a quality working relationship with existing businesses to facilitate their retention and expansion; Property management and development; Negotiating incentive packages and closing deals; Being attune to the importance of workforce development in economic development; Working collaboratively with a broad constituency including a volunteer board of directors, elected officials, partner agencies, higher education, and state economic development officials. Work requires considerable independent judgement, discretion and initiative while coordinating activities and executing work in a timely manner.


An attractive compensation and benefits package is available for the right candidate. To assure consideration please email your cover letter (addressed to the GPEDC Search Committee), resume, references, and salary history by 4/8/19 to: Glen Anderson at: glen@epaducah.com         




The ideal candidate will be:


  • An experienced, confident, independent self-starter with a sense of urgency
  • Strong experience in lead generation, recruitment, presentations, site visits, deal closing, business retention
  • An outgoing, poised, enthusiastic, and effective communicator to a wide variety of audiences
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills who can forge strong relationships
  • Ability to manage complex relationships, i.e. governmental, community and business
  • Experience in budget preparation and financial reports
  • Skilled with a proven record of public and private sector collaboration
  • A quick learner with outstanding problem-solving skills
  • Goal and results oriented


Technical skills and background include:


  • Minimum five years’ experience in economic development or a related environment, CEcD designation preferred, but not required
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Familiarity with the business and economic climate of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Paducah/McCracken County desired
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