BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – (September 23, 2015) – The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has named October as Targeted Business and Industry Appreciation Month in South Central Kentucky. Beginning October 1st, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce will host a series of events to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the over 100 targeted businesses and industries and their contributions to the region’s economic prosperity.
Since 2012, the Chamber has recognized the first Friday of October as Manufacturing Day, a grassroots campaign dedicated to informing the public about the potential of modern manufacturing and fostering interest in manufacturing careers. Manufacturing is an important sector across the nation, and this is especially true in South Central Kentucky. As our manufacturing sector has grown in size and impact, we have chosen this year to celebrate our targeted businesses and industries for an entire month.
South Central Kentucky is home to a diverse group of business and industry leaders ranging from international headquarters operations to advanced manufacturing to transportation, distribution and logistics and everything in between. In 2015 alone, these businesses have contributed to over $800.7 million in capital investment and the creation of 753 new jobs in the local community. In fact, the advanced manufacturing and transportation, distribution and logistics sectors alone account for over 31,600 jobs, the region’s largest employment sector at 30% of the workforce.
Throughout the month, the Chamber hopes to increase public awareness of the impact of these businesses as well as the career pathways and local job opportunities available in these sectors. With over 900 open positions available in Warren County alone, October is the perfect time to launch a new career in advanced manufacturing or a related industry.
Over the next few weeks, at least six manufacturers will host facility tours for over 200 area high school and college students allowing these businesses to showcase their innovative products and processes and to introduce the students to their company culture and career opportunities. The exposure to modern manufacturing aligns with efforts for students to be college and career ready as they learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and other essential workplace skills.
On October 20th, the Chamber will celebrate the accomplishments of our targeted businesses with a Targeted Business and Industry Awards Banquet at Knicely Conference Center beginning at 5:00 PM. Keynote speaker Dan Pelino, General Manager at IBM, will address the future of workforce development in an evolving economy. Following his address, the Chamber will present a variety of awards and special recognitions. Tickets to the TB&I Awards Banquet are now available for purchase.
The Chamber has also organized a series of business seminars for businesses of all types and sizes to access information and best practices for improving one’s business. In addition to the local events, the Chamber supports statewide activities organized by the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM). Details on KAM’s Manufacturing Month events can be found at www.kam.us.com.
- October 1st – Your Employee Handbook: the Latest Recommended Updates presented by English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP
- October 6th – Today’s New Agriculture presented by Kentucky Department of Agriculture
- October 15th – Economic Gardening presented by Kentucky Small Business Development Center
- October 27th – EPAD: Improved Property Value, Preserved Capital presented by Harshaw Trane
For more information about Targeted Business and Industry Appreciation Month activities and how you can get involved, contact Emilee Buttrum at 270-781-3200 or visit www.bgchamber.com. When visiting the Chamber’s website, be sure to click on the Jobs Portal for details about current open positions in South Central Kentucky.