San Antonio, Texas (August 15, 2022) – The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC), the largest regional economic development association in North America, has recognized Bowling Green/Warren County for economic development excellence in the American South. Annually SEDC reviews economic development projects submitted from organizations throughout the Council’s 17-state footprint to evaluate innovation, collaboration, and impact among other attributes. This year, during a ceremony at the 2022 SEDC Annual Conference in San Antonio, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce took home the top honor in the largest community population category.
“Every year, SEDC recognizes those southern communities that move the needle for economic development excellence. In 2022, we again proudly recognized those communities by selecting them as Community and Economic Development Award (CEDA) Winners,” stated Frank McCrady, SEDC Chairman. “Congratulations to all who participated and ultimately were recognized for this notable achievement. The American South remains strong in the attraction and retention of jobs as a result of your diligence.”
The Bowling Green community recognized a need for U.S. and foreign companies to expand during the pandemic but there was a scarcity of land and a lack of infrastructure for economic development in the community. Due to investment by the City of Bowling Green and Warren County, the Chamber team serving the Inter-Modal Transportation Authority, Inc. (“ITA”) doubled the size of the Kentucky Transpark and was prepared to react when several large companies requested information about locating in Warren County.
“This award is further proof that investing in your community pays off. The success in identifying a scarcity, responding by purchasing additional land for economic development, and being prepared for opportunities resulted in the continued success of the fastest-growing city in Kentucky and earning a CEDA Award today,” said Bowling Green Mayor Todd Alcott.
“SEDC members are relentlessly and innovatively accelerating economic development across the American South. Collaboratively, our membership serves within a network that has built the equivalent of the 3rd largest economy on the planet and has positioned us for continued progress,” stated SEDC President Matt Tackett. “Our membership competes successfully in a global marketplace and sets the bar worldwide for economic development strategy, as exemplified by our CEDA Award winners.”
SEDC reviewed member submissions within business retention and expansion, business development, community development, and community involvement categories. CEDA Awards are presented annually at the SEDC Annual Conference, the Council’s largest event. The 2022 gathering featured 400 professionals that convened over 4 days to celebrate and promote new economic development throughout the American South.
“The Kentucky Transpark started as only a concept and a dream and has developed into a robust economic epicenter for our region,” said Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon. “I was honored to help cast the vision for the Transpark 20+ years ago, and I am thrilled to be able to see that vision come to life.”
“This award and the success of the Transpark is only possible due to the vision, passion and investment by the city, county, utility companies, and ITA Board in the continued growth of our community,” said Ron Bunch, President & CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are honored to be receiving this award from SEDC today and look forward to the continued success of the Kentucky Transpark.”
SEDC is the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America, with more than 1,100 members representing a variety of backgrounds. From local, regional, and state economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, business and industry, utilities, transportation, finance and education; members share a common interest to accelerate economic development in the American South. To learn more about SEDC, visit www.sedc.org
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 located 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 visit www.southcentralky.com.
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