COVID-19 Local Resources
Local Updates for COVID-19 Information
McCracken County Library Opening Update: In response to libraries being projected to open on June 8, Susan Baier, McCracken County Library Executive Director, issued this statement.
City of Paducah Reopens Certain Parks Amenities and Market Square Outdoor Dining: The city announced today plans to reopen some parks and the plans for downtown outdoor dining. Click here to read the release.
Paducah Chamber Contributes to Small Business Relief Fund: The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently approved a contribution of $5,000 to the city’s Small Business Relief Fund. “Small businesses make up over 80% of our total membership,” said Chad Beyer, Chairman of the Chamber Board. “The Chamber is committed to serving the businesses of this community and this is a way for us to show our support to them. We are proud to be a part of this effort and to partner with other community members to provide this financial assistance.”
Beyer said the Chamber usually celebrates the month of May as Small Business Month with a kick off at the May Power in Partnership breakfast and other seminars and special events. With COVID-19 the Chamber will not be having any in-person group meetings or events in May. “We are proud to be a part of this effort to lift up our small businesses and continue to recognize them through this contribution,” he added.
The Small Business Relief Fund is a partnership of the City of Paducah, West Kentucky Technical and Community College and the Community Foundation of West Kentucky. To donate to the Small Business Relief Fund, go to the Community Foundation’s website at cfwestky.org, call 270-442-8622 or mail to the Community Foundation, P.O. Box 7, Paducah, KY 42001.
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Thank to the following businesses for participating in our photo collage: (From left to right, top to bottom) Alzheimer’s Association of Greater KY & Southern IN, Jackson House/W.B. Sanders, Rose Garden Florist, Carson Center, Withers Broadcasting, The Lakes of Paducah, Pet Food Center, Rudys Farm Center, Atlas Physical Therapy, Telephone Answering Service, Arnold Realty Group, VUE Magazine, Sullivan University, Superior Care Home, BikeWorld, Right Window Cleaning, FNB Bank, Michelson Jewelers, Pepsi MidAmerica and Soirees Events & Catering.
Matching Ad Grant Program: Area newspapers have established a $250,000 grant program fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing their marketing through matching grants. Applications must be submitted to paducahsun.com.
Information for Potential Remote Workers in the Paducah Area: A new website has been launched with a goal of connecting residents to remote work through Flexjobs. The site, www.paducahremoteworkers.com, provides those interested in remote working opportunities with information about resume writing, remote job opportunities and in-demand skills for remote jobs. The Paducah/McCracken County Library has offered a sponsorship for free month-long memberships for the first 75 people to request it. The membership is available by completing the contact form and choosing "I would like free access" from the dropdown. The launch of this website is a partnership among the City of Paducah, West Kentucky Community & Technical College, West Kentucky Workforce Board, Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, Paducah/McCracken County NAACP and the McCracken County Library.
New State Testing Sites: Governor Beshear announced on Thursday that Paducah is one of four new drive-thru testing sites expected to open next week. Those eligible for the tests include people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, shortness of breath and cough; health care workers and first responders who may have been exposed to coronavirus; and anyone with mild symptoms who also may have been exposed coronavirus.
The new site will be located on the campus of West Kentucky Community & Technical College in the Carson Hall lower parking lot. To read the full news release, click here. For an appointment click here or call 1-888-852-2567, option 3.
Conference Call Recap: Click below for a recap each conference call hosted by the Paducah Chamber
Small Business Resources Available from the McCracken County Library: The library is continuing to serve our local businesses and the community during this time. You can continue to access business research databases plus the training platform Lynda.com. This is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Business owners and employees can access a video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. A personal subscription to this runs about $30 a month but you can access this for free with your McCracken County Public Library card. These resources are available 24/7 from home for use by small businesses. If a library card is needed, apply at mclib.net/join and the library will email a card within two business days. Digital library cards are free to all residents of Kentucky and Massac County, IL. Reference questions can be emailed to email@example.com or you may leave a voicemail at 270-442-2510 and someone will get back with you. All of the library’s databases are listed at this site by clicking here.
New Resources for Small Businesses from the City: Small businesses located inside the city that meet the criteria can apply for a $2,000 grant from the City of Paducah for economic relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The application is available by clicking here. Applications will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. April 10. The City has seeded the Small Business Relief Fund with $150,000. Up to 75 eligible businesses can apply for the first round of funding, which must be used for expenses limited to rent, mortgage, payroll and utilities. Criteria includes the business must be a non-essential business that was required to cease operations due to the Governor’s executive orders; within city limits in a brick and mortar location; have been open and operating before Jan. 1; employs 25 or fewer employees; and not a franchise or franchise-affiliate.
The city of Paducah will match donations up to $100,000 for the second round of applications for grants to assist small businesses. For more information on the grant program and other relief for the city’s small businesses, click here. Donations are being accepted through the Community Foundation of West Kentucky to assist with funding the second round of grants. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 7, Paducah, KY 42001 or call 270-442-8622. The website is www.cfwestky.org.
Other changes impacting businesses include:
Deadline Postponed for Business License Tax Filing: The filing of the Business License Tax has been postponed to July 15, for calendar year filers. July 15 is the same deadline that has been adopted recently by Kentucky and the IRS.
Commercial Solid Waste Collection: There is a 50% price reduction for solid waste collection fees for commercial (non-residential) rollouts and commercial dumpsters. This fee reduction is in effect for commercial solid waste collection services for April and May and it could be extended.
Taxicab Driver’s License Renewal Waiver: Waives the renewal requirement for taxicab licenses until July 1.
The Dogwood Trail: The 56th Annual Dogwood Trail for the city of Paducah begins on April 8. Organized by the Paducah Civic Beautification Board, homeowners are asked to light up their flowers, shrubs and dogwoods from April 8 – 15. Paducah Power System is the sponsor of this year’s trail. The Dogwood Trail is a 12-mile drive by day or night, when homeowners spotlight their trees and spring plantings. While the trees are in bloom, there are Dogwood Trail signs located at turns in the Trail. This year, some homeowners are using green lights as requested by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear to show solidarity and compassion for the victims of the coronavirus.
The public is requested to practice social distancing while enjoying this self-guided driving tour. For more information about the Dogwood Trail including the map, click here.
Purchase District Health Department – 270-444-9631
Community Resource Guide from the United Way: Click here for the Quick Reference Guide from the United Way of Paducah-McCracken County.
Signage for Businesses Staying Open - Remember the state is requesting that all public-facing businesses that are remaining open post the attached signs at all entrances. You can access those signs here.
PATS to Resume Operations: The Paducah Area Transit Authority (PATS) will resume fixed bus service Monday, starting at 7 a.m. All passengers must be wearing a mask. Social distancing will limit the number of passengers on each bus. Customers should avoid traveling if they are sick.
PATS was also named as a recipient of a $1,230,057 Federal Transit Administration grant. The funding, part of the CARES Act, is being divided between 17 public transit agencies across Kentucky.
For more information about PATS, visit https://www.paducahtransit.com/.