Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Meets with Economic Development Professionals in Atlanta

Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016 4:00 pm

Bowling Green, KY (September 21, 2016) Today, economic development officials from the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and TVA, along with Warren County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon traveled to Atlanta to host a luncheon for economic development site consultants. The group educated the consultants on the advantages of doing business in South Central Kentucky, including new daily flights to and from Atlanta, which make our region more accessible than ever before.

Over 20 consultants attended the luncheon at Pricci in Atlanta, where they heard a presentation on the advantages South Central Kentucky can offer their prospects and then enjoyed one-on-one networking time with local officials.

According to Ron Bunch, President and CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber, “We applaud the effort to bring commercial air service to Bowling Green and, in fact, we were the first to buy tickets. There’s a substantial untapped market of prospects that are now just a 55 minute flight away and today’s effort is a first step in tapping into that market and bringing significant new investments to our area.”

The effort to bring commercial air service to Bowling Green after a 50 year absence began in 2012 with a commitment of federal dollars to help attract a commercial air carrier to the region. The Commonwealth joined with a similar commitment in 2014, thanks to the efforts of our state legislative delegation.

“I want to thank our state and federal legislative delegations for their commitment to securing commercial air service in Bowling Green. Being able to conveniently connect to an Atlanta flight or even just make a quick trip to Atlanta is an invaluable service for our citizens and businesses alike. We are delighted to have Contour here and we look forward to expanding service as our local economy grows and demand increases,” said Warren County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon. 

 

TVA Regional Economic Development Consultant Harry Schmidt remarked, “We are delighted to partner with the Chamber and Warren County to promote the South Central Kentucky region and all it has to offer a company considering relocation. With the already low cost of doing business and exceptional workforce, the added accessibility of this new air service truly makes South Central Kentucky a ‘no-brainer’ for businesses.” 

Countour Airlines of Smyrna, TN offers daily flights to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport from the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport. A flight from Bowling Green to Atlanta is approximately 55 minutes, and the 29 passenger aircraft includes a flight attendant, refreshments and a lavatory. As Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is an international hub, local travelers can take advantage of the easy security and free parking here in Bowling Green and use this Atlanta flight as a hassle-free first leg with further national or international connections in Atlanta. 

For more information about development opportunities and available properties in South Central Kentucky, contact Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Ron Bunch, CEcD at ron@bgchamber.com or (270) 781-3200.

For more information on commercial air service available at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, contact Rob Barnett, Airport Manager, or go to http://www.bgwcairport.org/ to book flights.