Bowling Green, Ky. (February 4, 2015) – The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated a year of success at last night’s Annual Dinner at the Sloan Convention Center, where more than 600 local business leaders, regional partners and special guests were treated to a unique twist on the traditional annual dinner.
This year the Chamber celebrated 80 years of Chamber success. With the completion of The Leader In Me Investment campaign and another record-breaking year in economic development, there were many great things to talk about. The Chamber would like to offer special thanks to Charles M. Moore Insurance Agency for their title sponsorship that made the event possible.
Judge Steve Wilson served as the emcee of the event, leading the audience through several fun videos and speakers that showcased the many accomplishments of 2014. Through a partnership with WKU Public Broadcasting, 10 top broadcasting students worked closely with President’s Club sponsors to create the videos. In a special twist this year, three of the WKU sponsors will be awarded scholarships based on votes received through an online video contest. The public is invited to visit the Chamber website and cast their vote at www.bgchamber.com. Voting will continue through February 9th at noon. The videos celebrated accomplishments in the following areas:
Sponsored by President’s Club Diamond Star Partner, Western Kentucky University
Sponsored by President’s Club Bronze Star Partner, Carr, Riggs, & Ingram.
Sponsored by President's Club Bronze Star Partner Scott, Murphy, and Daniel, LLC.
The Leader In Me
Sponsored by President's Club Silver Star Partner Graves Gilbert Clinic
Sponsored by President's Club Bronze Star Partner Regina Web Salon and Spa
Sponsored by President's Club Platinum Star Partner Citizens First
Sponsored by President’s Club Bronze Star Partner, Stewart Richey Construction, Inc.
Sponsored by President’s Club Gold Star Partner, BGMU Fiber
Sponsored by President’s Club Bronze Star Partner, BKD, LLP
Sponsored by President’s Club Gold Star Partner Bowling Green Metalforming
Additional Sponsors included:
- University Plaza, Presentation Sponsor
- Graves-Gilbert Clinic, Presentation Sponsor
- Gordon Ford College of Business, Presentation Sponsor
- WKU Athletics, Presentation Sponsor
- Gerald Printing, Print Sponsor
- Party One Superstore, Up-Lighting Sponsor
- Tri-Star Greenview Regional Hospital, Bar and Coat Room Sponsor
- Kroger – Bar and Coat Room Sponsor
WKU-PBS provided outstanding production services for the event, as well as a top-notch production crew that included several WKU students.
The star of the night, however, was the economic development successes celebrated in Bowling Green and Warren County this year. "2014 was a year of economic development success, as the Chamber supported announcements totaling more than $211 million in capital investment and more than 660 additional jobs," said Ron Bunch, President and CEO of the Chamber. "In fact, we celebrated the largest economic development project in South Central Kentucky in a decade in 2014. Clearly, economic development is important to the region, and we thank all of our elected leadership, allies, President's Club partners and regional economic development partners for helping us effectively market South Central Kentucky."
In addition, the Chairman’s gavel was passed through several past chairmen to 2015 Board Chairman Tommy Adams, President of President’s Club Bronze Star partner, Charles M. Moore Insurance, Inc.
"It is a real honor to serve as Chairman of the Chamber this year," said Adams. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with our partners and staff to make a lasting impact on the region through our programs, activities and business advocacy. I look forward to meeting with our Chamber partners and developing new ways to grow our economy here in South Central Kentucky."
Also at the event, 2015 Chairman Adams unveiled his theme for the year: Talent, Innovation, and Engagement. In his address to the partnership, he emphasized the value of workforce development and why the Chamber believes it is important to emphasize talent at all levels, from The Leader in Me initiative in school systems to targeted career focused programs in secondary and post-secondary education that are linked closely with the business community. He also noted that innovation is integral to the continued competitiveness of the region against a global economic development landscape, pointing to innovative research and development opportunities available at Western Kentucky University and South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College.
To learn more about the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce or to vote for your favorite video, please visit www.bgchamber.com. Voting will continue until February 9th at noon.
About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:
Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,100 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.