The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the community’s most recent national ranking by Site Selection magazine in their 2016 Top Metros annual report. Bowling Green once again ranked second in the magazine’s list of high-performing metros among communities with populations less than 200,000 based on total economic development projects for the year.
Since 2008, Bowling Green has been recognized six times as a high-performing metropolitan area by Site Selection magazine. This is the fourth consecutive year for Bowling Green’s position as a top tier-2 metropolitan area in the United States. Bowling Green’s rankings remain steady after climbing from No. 6 in 2013, to fourth in 2014 and second in 2015.
“The Chamber’s record-breaking success in economic development the last two years is unprecedented in South Central Kentucky,” said Chamber President and CEO Ron Bunch. “I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development with special thanks to the City of Bowling Green and Warren County Fiscal Court for their continued support.”
This ranking highlights 2016 as another record-setting year in economic development for the Chamber. The year’s $463.9 million in capital investment was the second largest investment year in the last decade, following 2015’s $943 million total announced capital investment. Additionally, 2016’s job creation numbers reached 703 new jobs and was the fifth largest number of announced jobs in the last decade for South Central Kentucky.
Of the top 10 projects in Kentucky in 2016, Warren County holds the No.1 and No. 9 largest projects in the state for capital investment as well as the 10th largest job creation project in the state. Additionally, Warren County was home to the second and third largest capital investment projects and the second largest job creation project in Kentucky in 2015 and the largest capital investment attraction project for manufacturing in 2014.
“Bowling Green continues to be nationally recognized by publications like Site Selection magazine, and we are truly grateful for the recognition that the hard work of the Chamber and our community is receiving,” 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. I want to thank everyone involved in the success of our community, now and in the future.”
“We are grateful for the continued support we receive from the community that allows us to be successful and to receive acknowledgements such as this ranking by Site Selection,” 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.
The Chamber has announced $6.4 million in capital investment and 79 new jobs for 2017.
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 1,200 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. Learn more about South Central Kentucky's advantages at www.southcentralky.com.