Sandra Wilson

sandraNew Chamber President Weighs In on the State of the Paducah Chamber

The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce is currently over 800 members strong

and increasing every day. Together we represent the business community of our area. Our goal is to assist our members and to help our community grow and be prosperous. Everything we do is with our membership in mind. From the ribbon cutting to “officially” open and welcome a new business, to our seminars, to our networking events, to our representation of issues on a local, state and federal level, we are the voice of business.

The Chamber offers a wide variety of programs, initiatives and networking activities that support the growth of our businesses and the community. Some examples of our networking activities are our monthly breakfasts, mixers, ribbon cuttings, open houses, seminars, etc. These events help our members to build beneficial business relationships. These are the kind of contacts that can actually make a difference.

We are an essential resource for our members who want to start, grow, or improve their business. The chamber provides assistance through seminars and training that will help local businesses be successful and stay aware of changes in regulations. A recent example was our Health Care Reform Symposium to provide information to our members about upcoming changes.

Our website attracts thousands of visitors every year. When consumers want to know where to purchase something from a new car to engineering services, our membership directory provides them answers. Chamber members have their business information listed on our website (paducahchamber.org) and through other Chamber publications. This is a great resource for local consumers as well as visitors to our community.

One of our most important challenges at present is our need to rally together and address the impending changes at USEC. The Chamber is working closely with Paducah Economic Development, the Paducah City Commission, the McCracken County Fiscal Court,  the United Steel-workers Local 550, the Governor’s office, and our Congressional delegations on this issue. This is a critical time for our community. We are working hard to help the families directly impacted as well as all of the other local businesses that will be affected by the plant’s closing.

Paducah has great potential. Together, as a membership of conscientious businesses who are dedicated to our community, I believe we can be a vital force for the future.

Sandra Wilson became President of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce in June, 2013 after 26 years as Public Affairs Manager for NewPage Corporation. Wilson is a past Chairman of the Paducah Chamber, Paducah Economic Development, and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers. She was named Paducah Chamber Volunteer of the Year in 2005 and a Woman of Achievement in 2012.  She currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem on the Paducah City Commission.