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Monday, February 1, 2016

Strategic Council Works to Synergize Community Planning and Resources

Posted by: Meredith Robinson, Chief Operating Officer
The Strategic Council, comprised of a cross section of community stakeholders including representatives from a variety of business and community members, local government and local public education institutions have been working to identify ways in which to build a better future for Bowling Green and Warren County. Economic sectors represented include: construction, health care, hospitality, manufacturing service, and transportation, distribution and logistics.

Together with consultants from Pegasus Pegasus Planning and Development (Austin, Texas), and Point A Consulting (Louisville, Ky.), the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is currently facilitating a series of strategic planning sessions to identify mutual goals, shared resources and the ways and means that each entity represented by the Council could move forward in a cooperative method.

The Chamber, Council and consultants took an inventory of existing assets that identified Bowling Green's strengths and weaknesses. These strengths and weaknesses were compared to communities across the nation to identify 'best practices' and how Bowling Green can continue to build upon its success.
 
We would like to recognize and extend our sincerest gratitude to the following individuals whose dedicated time and effort have made this strategic plan for economic development in Bowling Green and Warren County a success. The work of the Strategic Council will be incorporated into strategic and development plans across Warren County and will shape the growth of the area over the next five to 10 years. 
 
Strategic Council Members:
 
Craig Browning - Regional president, U.S. Bank
Mike Buchanon - Judge-Executive, County of Warren
David Chandler - President, Chandler Real Estate
Rob Clayton - Superintendent, Warren County Public Schools
Spencer Coate - President, Houchens Industries, Inc.
Todd Davis - Co-owner and president, DTD, Inc. and Crestmoor Properties, Inc.
Gary Fields - Superintendent, Bowling Green Independent Schools
Vicki Fitch - Executive director, Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
John Higgins - President, Bluegrass Supply Chain Services
John Hughes - President, Wendy’s of Bowling Green
Eric Keeling - Principal, Warren County Area Technology Center
Rick Medlin - President and CEO, Fruit of the Loom
Phil Neal - President, Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College
Matt Pollick, General manager, Bowling Green Metalforming
Gary Ransdell - President, Western Kentucky University
Jim Scott - President and CEO, Scotty’s Contracting & Stone, LLC
Steve Sheldon - CEO, Sheldon’s Pharmacy and Sheldon Family Commercial Real Estate
Connie Smith - President and CEO, Commonwealth Health Corporation; CEO, The Medical Center
Terry Walsh - Site Director, Sun Products Corp.
Bruce Wilkerson - Mayor, City of Bowling Green
 
Results will be finalized and released in early March. 

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