Bowling Green Chamber Again Nationally Recognized for Economic Development ExcellenceKAM
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is again being recognized as one of the nation’s top areas that is attracting corporate facility investment. For the second year in a row Bowling Green ranked second, tied with Owensboro, KY, in Site Selection magazine’s Top Metros annual report of high-performing metros among communities with populations less than 200,000 based on total economic development projects for the year.
The ranking evaluates states on their ability to attract investment based mainly on a 10-factor index using Site Selection publisher Conway Data Inc.’s New Plant database of new and expanded facility announcements.
This is the fifth consecutive year for Bowling Green to be ranked as a top tier-2 metropolitan area in the US. Bowling Green’s rankings remain steady after climbing from No. 6 in 2013. The ranking highlights the region’s $271.5 million in capital investment and 784 new jobs, which represents the largest number of new attraction jobs since 2011 and the third largest investment in the last decade. Warren County had the 4th largest capital investment made by an existing industry (Kobe Aluminum Products) in 2017.
The Bowling Green Area Chamber continues to be the driving force for the business community and is playing a critical role in the livelihood of our region’s economic development.
“The Chamber’s success in economic development in recent years is unprecedented for South Central Kentucky,” said Chamber President and CEO Ron Bunch. “This is a shared effort among the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, the City of Bowling Green and Warren County Fiscal Court. We make a great team.”
“South Central Kentucky offers a multitude of benefits to companies looking to locate or expand.” said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. “The success in our region would not be possible without the collaboration and forethought of the Chamber, Fiscal Court and the City of Bowling Green.”
“We are grateful for the collaborative efforts of our community and the success it has produced.” said Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon. “We continue to be humbled by the national recognition our community receives because of the work being done to make Warren County a better place to live and work.”
The Chamber has received recognition from numerous print and online publications in the past including Forbes Magazine, National Geographic Magazine and CNNMoney.com.
Site Selection magazine is published by Conway Data, Inc. and is the senior publication in the corporate real estate and economic development fields. Their yearly analyses are regarded by corporate real estate analysts as the “the industry scoreboard.” For more information on Site Selection, visit www.siteselection.com.
About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:
Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,300 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.