A group of leaders from western Kentucky with various backgrounds is traveling to Washington, D.C., for the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual D.C. Fly-in. The yearly trip is focused on rallying federal support for projects that directly affect people living and working in western Kentucky.

As in years past, there are priorities that the group will focus on during the trip when they meet with key lawmakers, as well as top leaders in a variety of cabinets. This year, there are three federal priorities.

The first involves the Department of Transportation and the community’s B.U.I.L.D. grant application. The project consists of money requested for two components located along Paducah’s waterfront: Riverfront Commons and the Riverport Container Transfer yard.

The second priority also involves the Department of Transportation: specifically, a request for federal dollars to help build a new terminal at Barkley Regional Airport.

The third priority is a request for $30 million in additional funds to advance the cleanup of the Department of Energy Paducah site.

The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce is the region’s largest business advocacy organizations representing approximately 1,000 businesses and an estimated 30,000 employees. As an investor-driven organization, the Chamber serves as the voice of the business community and presents a united effort on the community’s behalf.

Those attending the trip include elected leaders, business owners, as well as, key leaders in areas of health, law, construction and education. Local 6 Anchor Todd Faulkner and Chief Photographer Mike Spissinger will be with the delegation of approximately 45 to 50 people every step of the way. Be sure to follow their reports starting Tuesday, Sept. 10, on WPSD Local 6. You can also stay up to date on the trip by following Todd on Facebook and Twitter.


In a surprise announcement Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced an additional $40 million in federal cleanup money for the Department of Energy site in Paducah.

If you've never flown into or out of Barkley Regional Airport in McCracken County, you still benefit from the airport. That's because it's one of only a handful of regional airports in Kentucky.