Business growth and retention are crucial to the success of Paducah-McCracken County. We empower upward economic mobility by encouraging and assisting local business retention and expansion. Visit the Business Services page to find
The City of Paducah with funding support in part by the National Endowment for the Arts held a Creative Business Bootcamp that helped creatives, makers, artists, and entrepreneurs design and grow their creative businesses. One of the workshops held on November 6, 2020, focused on a panel presentation that showcased local resources, information, and connections that benefit anyone looking to start or grow a business.
This one-hour panel discussion introduces the viewer to a variety of items including the Small Business Resource Guide, permitting, kick-start meetings, business licensing, special events permits, downtown development grants, and the Creative & Cultural Council in addition to benefits and resources through Greater Paducah Economic Development and the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.
Finance Department (For forms, visit Occupational License Fee (Payroll Tax) and Business License Fee)
Fire Prevention Division
Information Technology (includes G.I.S)
Kick-Start Meetings (to launch a development or construction project)
Paducah Main Street
Permits for Special Events
Request for Bids or Proposals
Stormwater and Erosion Control
Barkley Regional Airport is conveniently located in the western side of McCracken County. Parking is only steps away from the terminal, and customer service is exceptional. With the daily jet service on SkyWest to Chicago, passengers can reach 130 domestic and 30 international destinations with only one connection.
The Julian Carroll Convention Center and adjacent Bill and Meredith Schroeder Expo Center are conveniently located in downtown Paducah along the Ohio River. Together these facilities offer more than 100,000 square feet in convention space with rooms to accommodate various size groups.
Greater Paducah Economic Development (GPED) is the economic development agency for Paducah and McCracken County. It is a public/private partnership formed to attract and grow jobs and investment through assisting existing business with expansion projects and recruiting new businesses. GPED controls three separate business/industrial parks, totaling over 2,500 acres in Paducah/McCracken County. In addition, GPED promotes private property throughout McCracken County for job creation projects and assists companies with permitting applications at the city, county, and state level.
The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce is the fifth largest Chamber in the state, with more than 1,000 business members. Our Chamber is made up of nearly 90 percent small business. The Chamber has numerous programs benefiting our members. While some programs assist and promote business, other programs help develop local business leaders into community leaders. More than 500 Chamber members have graduated from the Leadership Paducah Program, since its inception in 1984.
Paducah Transit Authority (PATS) provides reasonable, dependable, and available transportation to the residents and visitors of Paducah and surrounding counties. PATS offers fixed route bus service in Paducah and McCracken County, scheduled service, and medical transportation in the 8 county Jackson Purchase Area of Western Kentucky. PATS also offers service between Paducah, Mayfield, Benton, and Murray and points in between.
The Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau, the official Destination Marketing Organization for Paducah, is responsible for generating incremental economic benefit to the community through the attraction of leisure traveler, convention, trade show, and group tour visits. The goal is to ensure a positive visitor experience by providing the most detailed information and the ultimate customer service. Paducah Hospitality Association