Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Receives National 5 Star Rating from the US Chamber

Published Friday, November 7, 2014

The United States Chamber of Commerce announced yesterday that the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has been reaccredited as a 5-Star Chamber.  The accreditation process is a comprehensive examination of every aspect of a Chamber’s operations, including governance, finance, human resources, government affairs, program development, technology, communications, facilities, and benchmarking.  According to the US Chamber of Commerce, only 1% of the Chambers of Commerce in the United States actually achieve the highest level of accreditation, 5 Star Accreditation.  The Bowling Green Area Chamber maintains a high standard of excellence, and is proud to have achieved accreditation without a lapse since 1973.  

“The reaccreditation process is rigorous.  Every 5 years, the US Chamber looks through our operations from top to bottom.  From government relations to HR to economic development, they leave no stone unturned.  I am distinctly proud of the Chamber of Commerce team for their dedication and hard work.  They are truly a high performance team, “ said Tonya Matthews, Vice President of Partnership Services. 

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce maintains a strong focus on the needs of our partners and the growth of our community.  We work in collaboration with our local leadership on a regular basis to ensure our partners have a community with a strong local economy and vibrant quality of life where their businesses can grow and prosper. We are delighted to be recognized by the US Chamber for our efforts to serve our community as the best Chamber we can possibly be,” said Chamber CEO Ron Bunch. 

“I am so proud of the work of our Chamber of Commerce.  From economic development to partnership services, our Chamber strives every day to provide the highest level of services to our partners and our community.  I am delighted to see that the US Chamber continues to recognize the high quality and professionalism of our Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce with 5 star accreditation.” stated John Mark Fones, Chairman of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 

This announcement comes on the heels of a banner year for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, with several national awards and rankings.

  2014 Chamber of the Year Finalist

Earlier this year, The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, 2009 Chamber of the Year, was named one of five finalists nationwide for the American Chamber of Commerce Executive’s (ACCE) 2014 Chamber of the Year. 

Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the dual role chambers have in leading businesses and communities.

KCCE Awards

In April of this year, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce was honored with four Excellence Awards by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives.  Awards included:

  • Outstanding Membership Retention for 2013;
  • Outstanding Member Growth for 2013;
  • Outstanding Special Event for our FranklinCovey/The Leader In Me Dinner; and
  • Outstanding Publication for our “Business Grows Here” brochure.

IEDC Awards

In October, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce was the recipient of 2 Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  Awards included:

  • Excellence in Economic Development, Human Capital for our work with The Leader In Me; and
  • Excellence in Economic Development, Multi-Year Economic Development on behalf of Bowling Green for their work on the Downtown TIF project.

Site Selection & Southern Business & Development Recognitions

Earlier this year, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce was honored with two notable rankings by economic development entities that showcase their success in relation to similar communities across the entire U.S.

Among metropolitan areas with populations less than 200,000, the city of Bowling Green ranked 6th on Site Selection’s Top 10 Metro Areas for New and Expanded Facilities in 2013.

As a further salute to the Chamber’s success, Bowling Green was also featured in Southern Business & Development’s “Ten More Shining Examples of Economic Development that’s working in the South” list in the Winter 2014 edition released at the end of February.

Top Announcements in Kentucky

In a nod to the Chamber’s outstanding economic development success, The Lane Report announced in August that Bowling Green and Warren County are attracting the top investments in the state. The article featured a ranked list of economic development announcements in the Commonwealth from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014.

German-based Bilstein North America claimed the top spot as the largest capital investment by a new firm in the Commonwealth for the year 2013 and the third largest overall. Bilstein invested $120 million in their production plant and U.S. headquarters that will be located in the award-winning Kentucky Transpark. Prior to the announcement of the Constellium-UACJ Body in White Plant in July 2014, Bilstein was the largest announcement for the South Central Kentucky region in more than a decade.

“I’d like to congratulate the Bowling Green Area Chamber on their 5 Star reaccreditation and numerous awards over the past year. We are truly fortunate for the leadership and support in Bowling Green and Warren County that continues to propel our community forward.  It’s the hard work of a number of individuals and organizations that make such impressive accolades and economic growth possible, and it’s an honor to be a part of it,” said Warren County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon.

According to Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson, “We are fortunate to have a Chamber of Commerce here in Bowling Green that operates at the highest level of performance in their industry.  I’d like to congratulate the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce on their 5 Star reaccreditation from the US Chamber. I look forward to working with them as we continue to grow this outstanding community.”