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Chamber Receives Second Consecutive Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development

Published Tuesday, May 3, 2022 10:00 am

BOWLING GREEN, Ky., May 3, 2022– The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has once again been recognized as one of the strongest economic development organizations in the United States. Site Selection Magazine has awarded the Chamber the prestigious Mac Conway Award, naming them among the top twenty economic development organizations in the nation for its performance in 2021. This award ranks Bowling Green above some of the largest metropolitan cities in the nation, further demonstrating the pro-business environment of the community.

“Through the efforts of our City, County, and community leaders, we have invested in the infrastructure and developed the product which has enabled the region’s success,” said John Dix, Chamber Chairman and President of Warren County Water District. “These investments resulted in the creation of 1,999 new jobs last year. The Mac Conway Award reflects the success of those collaborative efforts.”

“Congratulations to the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce for once again receiving this award. Our community was one of three in Kentucky to be named in the top twenty along with places like Nashville, Austin, and Atlanta which that says something about the business environment in our state. The Chamber’s solutions-oriented approach to move quickly and bring the right people together, enables us to get things done for our community and for the businesses here like no place else,” said Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon.

“The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is not only competing for projects, but they are winning and bringing an amazing amount of new investment and new jobs that will transform our vibrant city. This hard work has paid dividends for our community and all the businesses growing here,” said Mayor Todd Alcott. “We invite other site selectors, companies,
and everyone else to visit Bowling Green and experience firsthand why we were selected as a Mac Conway recipient.”

The Mac Conway Awards for Excellence in Economic Development are awarded to the top U.S. economic development groups based on an index of total projects, corporate job creation, and facility-related capital investment data calculated both cumulatively and per capita. Out of  thousands of EDO’s in the United States, Bowling Green was one of only twenty organizations to receive the sought-after award.

“The Mac Conway Award is an incredible honor, and we are delighted to be recognized by Site Selection Magazine for the second year in a row,” said Ron Bunch, Chamber President and CEO. “It is a privilege to work alongside our broader economic development team partners to help Bowling Green and Warren County flourish as a driver for prosperity in the South Central Kentucky region.”

In 2021, the Chamber announced 20 projects that created 1,999 new jobs thanks to $860M in capital investment. These announcements will have an economic impact over the next ten years exceeding $4.6B, will support 2,912 new jobs, and will create $108M in new annual spending in the community. This capped off a ten-year stretch that saw the creation of over 9,000 new jobs and over $4.1B in capital investments with last year featuring the newest job announcements for any year – that is until this year.

Year to date, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has closed 2 economic development projects in South Central Kentucky, totaling $2.01B in capital investment that will create 2,000 new jobs in the region bringing the total announcements since 2011 to nearly $6.2 billion and over 11,000 jobs. Bowling Green was also recently recognized for the ninth consecutive year as one the Top 6 Tier 2 Metros in the United States by Site Selection Magazine.

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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 four billion in capital investment, creating thousands of jobs within the region. To learn more please visit https://www.southcentralky.com/