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Bowling Green Nationally Recognized for Economic Development Performance for Eighth Consecutive Year

Published Wednesday, March 3, 2021 10:00 am

BOWLING GREEN, KY., March 3, 2021 – The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has been recognized once again as one of the nation’s top areas for attracting corporate facility investment. The ranking is based on the number of projects won, and Bowling Green ranked sixth for high-performing metros among communities with populations less than 200,000. This is the eighth consecutive year for Bowling Green to be ranked as a top tier-2 metropolitan area in the United States. 

The ranking evaluates communities on their ability to attract investment based primarily on a 10-factor index using Site Selection publisher Conway Data, Inc’s database of new and expanded project announcements. There were only two Kentucky locations selected in the rankings, with Bowling Green leading the state and Lexington making the Top Ten for populations between 200,000 to one million people.

“The Chamber’s success in economic development over the last few years has been vital to the growth in South Central Kentucky,” said Chamber President and CEO Ron Bunch. “Economic development is truly a team sport. We would not be able to realize this level of success in our community without the support of our state and local government officials, utility partners, and business community. We are grateful for their tremendous partnership and look forward to continued success!”

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce helped the state earn its Top Three Ranking by Projects Per Capita with announcements totaling $331.3M in capital investment in expansion and new attraction business projects which created 336 new jobs amid the global pandemic. Additionally, Bowling Green was home to three of the largest projects in Kentucky, including Crown Cork and Seal which was the largest investment of any manufacturing project in the state according to ThinkKentucky.com. no county in all of Kentucky has seen more capital investments get approved by the state in 2020 than Warren County. The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce continues to be the driving force for the business community and is playing a critical role in the livelihood of our region's economic development.

“Bowling Green continues to be nationally recognized by publications like Site Selection magazine, and we are truly grateful for the recognition that our community is receiving,” said Bowling Green Mayor Todd Alcott. “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, both 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 acknowledgments such as this ranking by Site Selection,” said Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon. “The national recognition we receive is a testament of the incredible work being done across our community to make Warren County a better place to live and work.”

Our wonderful community has received recognition from numerous print and online publications in the past including TIME.com, Forbes, National Geographic magazine, and Global Trade magazine which ranked Bowling Green as the second-best city in the United States for manufacturing. Year to date, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has closed two economic development projects totaling $312.6M in capital investment and generating 398 new jobs for 2021. 

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 industry scoreboard.” For more information on Site Selection, visit www.siteselection.com.

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About South Central Kentucky Economic Development

South Central Kentucky Economic Development is an entity of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, a nationally ranked 5-Star Accredited Chamber. Located at the center of a 34-state distribution area in the eastern United States, South Central Kentucky is a prime location for manufacturing and distribution facilities. South Central Kentucky is within a day’s drive of 60% of the nation's population, personal income, and manufacturing business establishments. Bowling Green ranks second in the United States for best manufacturing city. In the past decade, the region has captured over two billion in capital investment, creating thousands of jobs within the region. To learn more please visit https://www.southcentralky.com/.