Today, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announced the release of an interdependent, engaged strategic plan for Bowling Green and Warren County. The plan contemplates the future of Bowling Green and Warren County over the next 3-5 years.
In 2015, the Chamber convened a Strategic Council based on six business sectors that best represented our community, as well as civic and non-profit sectors. The group was charged with reevaluating priorities toward future growth through innovation and diversification as a means to capitalize on our recent successes and keep our economy strong for years to come. To facilitate the work, the Chamber contracted with Pegasus Planning and Development of Austin, TX and Point A Consulting of Louisville. The creation of the plan was achieved through regular Council meetings, subcommittee meetings, and online surveys.
According to Chamber President and CEO Ron Bunch, “Bowling Green and Warren County have been highly successful in recent years. In 2015 alone, the community celebrated $943 million capital investment and the creation of over 1,000 jobs. Bowling Green and Warren County are now competing and succeeding at a higher level. We felt it was time to take a look at our economy and determine ways to continue that growth and success well into the future. We are delighted to have been able to convene such a high level group of community representatives to shape the future of Bowling Green and Warren County.”
The plan is meant to serve as a series of interdependent recommendations, which means that the whole community will have a stake in its outcome and many different entities will be called on to implement the recommendations that the community chooses to undertake. As the plan continues to evolve, entities may be added and others will fulfill their roles as their pieces are successfully completed.
“I am proud to have served on a committee that is so deeply focused on the future of Bowling Green and Warren County. Warren County has always been a great place to live and work and we are proud of our successes. I am very happy to be a part of an effort to maintain all that makes Warren County unique and desirable while planning for future growth and success,” stated Warren County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon.
“I am delighted to be a part of such an important exercise for our community. Bowling Green is a wonderful town with a lot to offer, and I am pleased to see this plan to take our community into the next decade with intentional planning and growth,” said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.
The Bowling Green – Warren County Engaged Strategic Plan, as well as detailed information on the process used to develop the plan, member bios, and a description of metrics that will be used to measure the progress of the plan, is available on the Chamber website at www.bgchamber.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 1,200 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.