EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White told members of the community near EM’s Paducah, Kentucky site recently that the cleanup program remains productive amid the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to maximize telework opportunities for employees.
The virtual meeting with Paducah community leaders and members of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce was moderated by chamber president Sandra Wilson and U.S. Rep. James Comer of Kentucky. Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Manager Robert Edwards also participated in the event.
An expansion of EM’s virtual capabilities may create opportunities to attract the workforce of the future, White said. He talked about EM’s continued focus on attracting talent from colleges and universities in the region surrounding the Paducah Site.
White shared with the group a list of the Paducah Site’s current priorities, which are outlined in EM’s Strategic Vision: The C-400 Complex remediation, C-333 process building deactivation, and infrastructure and utilities improvements.
Meeting participants also discussed the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization (PACRO). White said he appreciates the organization’s work, which benefits both the community and EM. PACRO has worked on several recycling efforts with the site. White said that communication between EM and the community is essential for discovering new opportunities to work cooperatively.
The virtual meeting was held in lieu of the Paducah chamber’s annual visit to Washington, D.C., which provides chamber members with an opportunity to meet with their congressional delegation, government agencies, and others.