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Steve Doolittle has spent over 21 years working in municipal government, both for the City of Paducah and the McCracken County government. Doolittle served as Paducah's City Planner years before becoming County Administrator in 2000. In that time, he was responsible for comprehensive planning, zoning, development management, and neighborhood development.
During his tenure with the city, Mr. Doolittle developed the City guidance policies and procedures, which established the foundation for the city’s growth. In one of his first initiatives in the redevelopment of the historic downtown area, Doolittle led the city through the Kentucky Renaissance City designation, making Paducah one of four cities in the state to receive top gold status His innovative strategies for both urban design and building projects utilizing state, federal and private dollars has garnered over $100M in investment in the downtown district. The Artist Relocation Program, which Doolittle has overseen, has experienced over $35M in private development growth in a 25-square block area. This is particularly impressive given that the neighborhood was badly decayed by blight, crime, and drugs, and was extremely inhospitable and within just nine years, has become one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the City.
Doolittle is also the Executive Director of the Paducah Riverfront Development Authority which manages capital improvements, master planning and implementation, and development of a pivotal new hotel complex.
Doolittle has degrees from both the University of North Dakota and Southern Illinois University.