Business, government and community leaders are gearing up for the Paducah Chamber’s Annual FLY IN to Washington, DC presented by Swift & Staley on September 11 and 12. The two-day trip offers attendees the opportunity to meet with members of Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation, agency officials, Congressional staff, and legislative experts to discuss important federal policy issues impacting the region, state and nation.
Attendees represent a diverse group from various sectors of the local economy including government, banking, health care, non-profit, education, contractors at the DOE site, railroad, riverport, river industries and professional services.
Meetings scheduled include Paul Dabbar, Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science with responsibility for Environmental Management, that includes the Paducah DOE site. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be the featured speaker at the Congressional Reception hosted for members of Congress and their staffs and other invited guests. Congressman James Comer is the featured luncheon speaker. Other speakers include Senator Rand Paul; Congressmen Andy Barr, Brett Guthrie, Hal Rogers and John Yarmuth from Kentucky and Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi. The group will also hold meetings at the Department of Transportation with the Federal Aviation Administration, MARAD and the office of Infrastructure. Additional meetings will be held with the National Endowment for the Arts; Americans for the Arts and U.S. Travel Association.
This year, the federal legislative priorities will focus on many projects associated with the Department of Transportation; the continued cleanup work at the Paducah DOE site; Barkley Regional Airport and a request for a Center of Excellence designation from the Department of Transportation at West Kentucky Community and Technical College which currently offers maritime workforce training and degrees in Maritime technology through its Inland Logistics and Marine Institute.