A Beautiful Working World

NOTHING WOULD MAKE SANDRA WILSON HAPPIER than to create a local economic environment that is conducive to recruiting and supporting the interests of young professionals and entrepreneurs—her daughter included.

beautifulWorkingWorld“Throughout my career I have been involved in economic development organizations whose efforts have been devoted to creating a working environment that encourages businesses and industries to locate in our region,” Sandra explains. “I think it is vital to the future of our community and our area that we secure and sustain quality companies which can offer jobs and opportunities to our existing workforce and to that of the next generation. I would like nothing better than to know that my daughter could come home after college and find meaningful, professional options here in her hometown.”

And Sandra has put her time and effort where her heart is. She has been active with the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ballard County Economic and Industrial Development Board for many years. In 1996 Sandra was elected the first woman chair of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and in 2009 she will become the first woman chair of the Greater Paducah Economic Development Council. She has also served as the chair of the Paducah-McCracken County Industrial Development Authority since its beginning. This fall she will be installed as chair of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers.

“I have always felt that it’s important to find a way to get involved in the community,” Sandra believes. “There are so many ways to do that, whether it’s school activities, charitable organizations or church programs. My interest has always fallen within the area of economic development. I have been privileged to be a part of local industry as Manager of Public Affairs for NewPage Corporation {formerly Westvaco} for a number of years now. That experience has shown me the value of having strong, community-minded companies in our area.”