About Your Chamber
About your chamber
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is the driving force for one of America's premier business communities.
Aligning Business with Opportunity
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is the fourth largest chamber in the state, with more than 1,300 business and individual partners. Nearly 90% of our partners are small businesses, the majority of which have four or fewer employees. In Bowling Green (Warren County), the Chamber serves a population of more than 108,000.
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce serves as the lead economic development organization for the Kentucky Transpark, Bowling Green/Warren County, and the South Central Kentucky regional marketing coalition.
In 2011, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce—along with elected officials, community leaders and business executives—supported economic development projects involving 16 announcements totaling a potential capital investment of more than $226 million and 1,597 planned new jobs. The announcements come after another year’s success in 2010, when the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce set a record-breaking year of 21 projects, announcing 1,653 new and retained jobs, and a capital investment of more than $241 million for the South Central Kentucky region.In 2011, Bowling Green was ranked #3 in the nation for communities under 200,000 population for projects and job creation by Site Selection Magazine with 21 projects in 2010 with announcements of 1,653 new jobs and more than $241 million in capital investment. Also in 2011, Bowling Green Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is ranked in the top 25 percent of MSAs for economic development efforts by gross domestic product.
These statistics are possible because of the dedicated public-private partnerships for economic development success within South Central Kentucky.
Among the 2011 announcements were some of the Commonwealth’s largest economic development projects for the year.
- The General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plan project was ranked No. 7 in the Commonwealth for announced capital investments. The project’s capital investment was announced as $131 million, along with plans to create up to 250 new jobs.
- Sequa Automotive (ARC) in Morgantown (Butler County) was the fifth largest announcement in Kentucky for job creation. Sequa announced plans to create 280 new jobs by 2014 and to invest more than $7.2 million in Butler County.
The Chamber has numerous programs benefiting our partners. While some programs assist and promote business, other programs help develop local business leaders into community leaders. Programs of the Chamber include
- Business Education Partnerships
- Leadership Bowling Green
- Chamber Orientation
- Non-Profit Orientation
- Coffee Hour
- Business After Hours
Every year the Chamber produces its legislative agenda for the state and national legislatures. Click here to read about the Chamber's 2011 Legislative Agenda.
In an effort to keep area residents informed about legislative activity during General Assembly sessions, the Chamber sponsors legislative forums that give interested citizens the opportunity to meet legislators. These forums are aired on Insight Communications, giving many Warren Countians the opportunity to keep up with legislative activity.
Awards and Recognition
The Chamber annually recognizes the John B. Holland Business of the Year, the Small Business Person of the Year, and the ATHENA Award recipient, as well as the ATHENA Young Professional Award recipient.
The Chamber answers more than 7,000 inquiries about Bowling Green and Warren County annually.