Centrally located off the Natcher Parkway and I-65, Warren County provides its residents with easy access to major markets, such as Louisville and Nashville, while maintaining its historical small town appeal. Warren County continues to grow steadily with an estimated population of 104,023 as of 2007, and is home to Bowling Green, the 3rd largest city in Kentucky.
The County is governed by Judge Executive Michael Buchanon and six magistrates, and the 54,244 residents (2007) of the county seat, Bowling Green, are served by Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. Both city and county governments combine their efforts to maintain and enhance the lives of county residents.
Boasting prime real estate locations, and enticing tax incentives, Warren County is an attractive location for the manufacturing and service industries. Since 2005 the county has experienced 28 manufacturing and service industries location and 85 expansions. Most recent data show that approximately 54,000 people are employed in the city of Bowling Green alone, with 24 percent of those jobs being in the manufacturing industry. In February 2012, the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board certified Warren County as one of the Commonwealth's first Work Ready Communities.
Warren County’s transportation system includes interstate and air service.
Warren County located off of the Natcher Parkway, provides quick and easy access to Interstate 65, the Western Kentucky Parkway, Cumberland Parkway, US31W, US68, and US231. This direct access to Interstate 65S puts Warren County residents approximately 60 miles from the country music capital of the world, Nashville, TN, and by traveling up I-65 residents are only 100 miles from Louisville, KY, home to the Kentucky Derby.
Regional air service is available in Bowling Green, KY. The airport consists of a 6,500 ft. runway and a 4,000 ft. runway. A FFA Flight service station is located at the airport. Services provided include: charter service, corporate flight management, air freight, land-air express, corporate flights and Federal Express.
Commercial flights are available at the Louisville International Airport (less than 110 miles northeast) and the Nashville International Airport (about 60 miles south).
Bowling Green is served by the CSX main line that extends north to south. This main line extends through the Kentucky Transpark, providing rail service either directly off of the main line through the heavy industrial area or from the industrial rail spur, which completes the accessibility of rail service through the remainder of the heavy industrial area of the Transpark.
Television, radio, newspaper, internet and telephone are available in Warren County. A diverse variety of local television and radio stations fill the airwaves. Local stations such as WBGN (1340 AM), WKCT (930 AM), WBLG (107.9 FM), WBVR (96.7 FM) and many others provide listeners with different styles of music ranging from country, popular music, and gospel. Local television stations such as WBKO, WNKY, and WKYU help to keep residents informed and up to date on the latest local and national news.
Internet access in Warren County is supported by Access Kentucky, AT&T, Bowling Green Municipal Utilities and Insight Communications, as well as Bluegrass Cellular and FastNet Wireless. AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, Sprint PCS, and T-Mobile offer mobile coverage options.
Land and Infrastructure
Warren County’s Kentucky Transpark is located on U.S. 31-W and Highway 68/80 on the north side of Bowling Green less than 2 miles from I-65, offers over 900 acres for prospective businesses. CSX and The Austin Company designated Lot 6 at the Kentucky Transpark as one of the first CSX Select Sites in the nation and the only CSX Select Site in Kentucky. Read more about this prestigious designation here. Furthermore, the Kentucky Transpark Speculative Building III--a 108,000-sq.-ft. steel structure--was completed in 2012. Read more about this building here.
The South Central Industrial Park composed of 186 acres of land rests approximately 1.1 miles from the Natcher Parkway, and 4 miles from I-65 providing prospective businesses with access to major routes of transportation along with railroad access.
Warren County is proud to have a large number of employers in the manufacturing and service & support industries locate here in the past several years. The county is home to the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant, which manufacturers the Chevrolet Corvette. Since the creation of the Kentucky Transpark, Warren County has been able to draw is several new businesses including America Howa Kentucky Inc., which due to the success of its company has already discovered the need to expand their operations. Warren County is also home to several other organizations including Berry Plastics, Bowling Green Metalforming, Holley Performance Products and NASCO.
Approximately 15,000 K-12 students are enrolled in the Bowling Green Independent Schools and Warren County Public Schools District. Bowling Green is also home to several post-secondary education facilities, such as Bowling Green Technical College, Bowling Green Community College, Daymar College, and Western Kentucky University, the state’s 3rd largest--and its fastest growing--public university.
Warren County is a unique combination of historically preserved buildings, modern architecture, and wondrous natural creations. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy the summertime series of concerts in the park, or spend the day exploring Lost River Cave. During the fall they can take in the excitement of WKU’s home football games, or watch the men’s basketball team that made it to the sweet 16 in 2007. For the car lover in all of us you can tour the National Corvette Museum, or for those who seek to experience new cultures they can stop by the Bowling Green International Festivals, and enjoy exotic new foods, and discover new musical genres. With the diversity of this great Kentucky town there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.