The introduction of industrial projects as expensive as the $ 147 million Crown Holdings plant and the 160,000 square foot Dollar General cold store in Kentucky Transpark during the 2020 pandemic did not only attract attention. on Kentucky’s Bowling Green. It has also attracted the national attention of those who follow economic development.
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is one of 20 recipients of Site Selection Magazine’s Mac Conway Awards for Excellence in Economic Development announced this month.
The winners were selected on the basis of the total of 2020 projects and the total investment and job creation associated with these projects.
Bowling Green had a good track record.
In addition to the Crown Holdings and Dollar General projects, the site selection announcement mentioned the Material Handling Systems project with 200 employees and the Ball Corp factory. of 450,000 square feet in the Transpark as examples of the city’s success stories.
The Bowling Green chamber announced 336 new jobs and more than $ 331 million in capital investment in 2020, according to a press release.
It was good enough to put Bowling Green on the pick list for venues with metro areas as large as Chicago, Indianapolis, and Phoenix.
This isn’t the first time the Bowling Green Room has been recognized by Site Selection magazine, but previous accolades were based on the size of the city.
“We were very honored to be on this list,” said Ron Bunch, president and CEO of the chamber. “The same magazine has ranked us sixth or higher among communities our size in the past, but this is the first time we’ve been in the top 20, regardless of size.
Chris Thorn, chairman of the chamber board, said the award is a “reflection on the success of our collaborative efforts” in developing the infrastructure and sites necessary to support business growth.
“These investments allow us to attract new businesses, help existing businesses grow and create jobs in our community,” Thorn said.
The cities were not ranked in order in the top 20 in the site selection, and Bowling Green was joined on the list by the cities of Kentucky, Lexington and Louisville. Warren County Executive Judge Mike Buchanon said it shows how the state government has spurred economic development efforts through tax incentives and other assistance.
“This says a lot about the business environment in our state,” Buchanon said. “The state has supported our economic development efforts in Warren County and, through their support as well as local support, we are able to receive a variety of interests in the project in the community. “
Enough interest for the Transpark in northern Warren County and the South Central Industrial Park along Nashville Road to continue to grow.
Bunch said the Transpark along US 68-Ky. 80 (Glasgow Road) was 680 acres in size when it was established in 1998. A number of purchases over the years have grown the industrial park to 1,141 acres today.
Meanwhile, developer Bobby Anastario continues to construct industrial buildings on a property adjacent to South Central Industrial Park, which is already a 1,000-acre park that houses around 4,200 employees at his various companies.
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