Bowling Green wins national recognition for economic development

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has been recognized 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 chief executive officer 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.”