The Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED) held its Annual Kentucky Economic Forum this November 7-9 where Ron Bunch, CEcD, President and CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, was named Board Chair for 2019. He will begin his term January 1, 2019.
KAED consists of more than 600 members representing 355 unique companies. Its members represent diverse professionals throughout the Commonwealth who share a common goal in building and developing Kentucky. KAED is managed by a full-time professional staff, and governed by a 13-member Board of Directors. The organization works alongside the Cabinet for Economic Development and other state organizations in support of economic development.
The Kentucky Economic Forum is a 3-day, multifaceted event highlighting the over 300 members of KAED, and is centered around educational and professional development opportunities. Today, Bunch was given the opportunity to speak and provide his vision and strategies for KAED in the year ahead.
"I am honored to have been elected as 2019 Board Chair for KAED. My main mission for the upcoming year is to further the #TeamKentucky collaboration by uniting the economic development professionals across the Commonwealth toward a common statewide economic development brand and marketing strategy." Said Ron Bunch, CEcD, President and CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.
Bunch, a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), was a 1990 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with a focus in general engineering. He has over 24 years of professional economic development experience having led successful local and regional economic development efforts in four states.
Since Bunch joined the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, the community has announced over $2.57 billion in capital investment and more than 5,700 new jobs. Bowling Green has been ranked in the top six nationally by Site Selection Magazine for the "Top 10 Metros for New/Expanded Facilities" for populations under 200,000 for five consecutive years.
He has also received the Kentucky Association for Economic Development's 2014 James J. Coleman Community Economic Professional of the Year.
Subsequent to joining the Chamber in January 2011, Bunch has been appointed to five statewide organizations' Board of Directors (including KAED): the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Japan-America Society of Kentucky, the World Trade Center Kentucky, and the Indo-Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Western Kentucky University Research Foundation, a member of the Business Executive Advisory Council for the WKU Gordon Ford College of Business, and a member of the Advisory Council for the WKU Ogden College of Science and Engineering. Bunch has also served on the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.
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 1,350 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.