Pictured (from left to right): Congressman James Comer’s Field Representative Martie Wiles, Murray Mayor Jack Rose, Senator Mitch McConnell’s Field Representative Morgan Alvey (in front), AQS Marketing Director Katherine Rupp, Mayfield Mayor Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell, Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless, Benton Mayor Rita Dotson, PADD Executive Director Jennifer Beck Walker, and Barlow Mayor Jo Wilfong.
Mayor Brandi Harless hosted a tour yesterday afternoon of Paducah for Purchase Area Development District Executive Director Jennifer Beck Walker and the mayors of Barlow, Benton, Mayfield, and Murray. Morgan Alvey and Martie Wiles who serve as field representatives for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) and U.S. Congressman James Comer (KY – 01), respectively, also attended the tour.
After a quick tour of the rehabilitation project underway at Paducah’s City Hall, the group boarded a trolley and enjoyed a historical tour led by Paducah Ambassador Kim Blaisdell. Stops in the tour included the Julian Carroll Convention Center to see the preparations for AQS QuiltWeek, demonstrations and a tour of the Paducah School of Art & Design, and a tour of the Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority. At the final stop, the group had a chance to visit the various businesses inside the rehabilitated Coke Plant including the newly opened Sprocket Innovation Hub.
Mayors from across western Kentucky rotate in hosting tours such as this one in Paducah. The goals are to increase networking and regional collaboration. Discussions are underway to possibly hold the next meeting and tour in May in Barlow.
Note: Additional photos can be found on the City of Paducah Kentucky Government Facebook page.