Bowling Green, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2016) – The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce last night celebrated 2015’s success at its 81st Annual Dinner at the Sloan Convention Center, where more than 600 local business leaders, regional partners and special guests were treated to a reception, dinner and program.
WBKO-TV’s Lauren Hanson served as the event’s emcee, leading the audience through entertainment, door prize drawings, ceremonies and speakers that exhibited the many accomplishments of 2015.
With another record-breaking year in economic development, being honored with three Excellence Awards by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives and selling the fifth speculative building at the Kentucky Transpark within three months after completion, Chamber representatives had much to boast.
The highlight of the evening was the economic development successes that Bowling Green and Warren County celebrated in 2015, with $943 million in capital investment and the creation of 1,040 jobs in South Central Kentucky.
"Thanks to the leadership of our private sector, we announced a record-setting year of capital investment that was nearly a decade combined of growth and represented the No. 2 and No. 5 projects in the state for capital investment,” said Chamber President and CEO Ron Bunch. “The importance of economic development in this region is certainly evident, and we are grateful for our elected officials, allies, President's Club partners and regional economic development partners for helping us effectively market South Central Kentucky’s many assets."
In addition, the chairman’s gavel was passed through several past chairmen to 2016 Board Chairman Mark Iverson, general manager of Bowling Green Municipal Utilities.
"I am extremely honored to serve as the Chamber’s 2016 chairman," Iverson said. "I'm also thankful for the opportunity to work with our partners, staff and community to make a lasting impact on the region through our programs, events and business advocacy. I’m positive 2016 will be filled with success among our small businesses, capital expansions, opportunities and continued progress on developing a workforce development model the rest of the Commonwealth can emulate."
In his address to the audience, Iverson thanked the partnership for making Bowling Green the progressive community that it is, for electing leadership willing to work together to find solutions and for exhibiting such support to the Chamber.
The Chamber extends a special thanks to Bowling Green Municipal Utilities and BGMU Fiber for its generous title sponsorship. Additional sponsorships included:
- Reception Sponsor: Murphy Construction Group
- Registration Sponsor: South Central Bank
- Countdown Clock Sponsor: Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
- Entertainment Sponsor: Western Kentucky University
- Door Prize No. 1 Sponsor: Citizens First
- Door Prize No. 2 Sponsor: Graves-Gilbert Clinic
- Door Prize No. 3 Sponsor: Bowling Green Metalforming
- Printing Sponsor: Gerald Printing
- Passing of the Gavel Ceremony Sponsor: Stewart-Richey Construction
- Floral Arrangement Sponsor: Kroger
- Coat Check Sponsor: TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital
- “Spotlight On” Sponsorships: US Bank, M&L Electrical, Inc., Independence Bank, Bluegrass Supply Chain Services
To learn more about the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, visit www.bgchamber.com.
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 1,200 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.