First Person Prose

SUMMER INTERN ROSS SMITH SEES GREAT POTENTIAL FOR THE FUTURE OF PADUCAH!

Paducah has always been an integral part of my life. I was born and raised here. I have strong family bonds and eternal friendships cemented within her borders. When I left to go to the University of Louisville four years ago, I was unaware of how truly imbedded our city was in my blood. Louisville is a great, fun city. But Paducah is home. Every time I exit by Lourdes Hospital off I-24, a metaphorical weight is lifted off my shoulders…Ah, I’m finally home again.

This past summer I had the wonderful opportunity to work for Paducah Bank. As an English major, I never really saw myself working at a bank. However, working for Paducah Bank crushed any preconceived notions I had of what banking entailed. I have a deep, intrinsic care for our community here. After this summer, I know wholeheartedly that Paducah Bank shares that same care. Paducah Bank doesn’t just deposit money and make loans. I attended events that the Bank sponsored involving educating some of Paducah’s youth on art, music, and culture. I drove the WOW Wagon to hand out ice cream to hungry citizens on a warm, summer evening. Paducah Bank organized and sponsored a free event for young professionals working in Paducah that were still in college to encourage these future leaders to think about moving back to Paducah. Paducah Bank is invested in the community.

We all need to invest in the community. We need to continue to develop the job industry so we can attract young professionals and families to Paducah. We need to support an economical approach to development. We have many companies that are involved in the community. But we must do more, because not only do you invest in Paducah, you invest in the well being of this city and your company for generations to come. We need to protect the old ways and foster in the new, creating a harmonious, multi-faceted community. Paducah is great, but I think the city’s potential is even greater.