Chamber Celebrates Another Year of Economic, Partnership Success at Annual Dinner

Published Monday, February 6, 2017

Tonight the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated last year’s success at its 82nd Annual Dinner at the Sloan Convention Center, where more than 500 local business leaders, regional partners and special guests were treated to a reception, dinner and program.

WKU Public Radio’s Emil Moffat served as the event’s emcee, leading the audience through entertainment, door prize drawings, ceremonies and speakers that exhibited the many accomplishments of 2016.

Chamber representatives had much to boast including nearly half a billion in capital investment and the creation of more than 700 jobs, being honored with four Excellence Awards by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives, being named one of the top 4 Chambers in the nation by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, and completing the sixth speculative building at the Kentucky Transpark.

The evening’s theme was “Trending: Success, Talent & Innovation” and celebrated the accomplishments of out nearly 1,300 partners. 

"The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is made up of 1,275 extraordinary partners that make this community an outstanding place to live and work. Year after year, we receive accolades from publications such as Forbes and Liveability that prove exactly that.” said Chamber President and CEO Ron Bunch. “Tonight, we thank each of those partners, our elected officials, and our many volunteers for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to growing this community. 2016 was a record year in South Central Kentucky, and we look forward to continuing that success well into the future.”

In addition, the chairman’s gavel was passed through several past chairmen to 2017 Board Chairman Robbin Morrisson Taylor of Western Kentucky University.    

“I am proud to serve as the Chamber’s 2017 chairman,” Taylor said. “And I look forward to a great year working with my fellow Board members, our volunteers, Ambassadors, and most importantly – our partnership. The number one reason we are here tonight is to celebrate all our community has accomplished and how we will continue to make this region a better place to live, work and play.”

In her address to the audience, Taylor thanked the partnership for making Bowling Green the progressive community that it is and outlined her vision for the upcoming year.

The Chamber extends a special thanks to Western Kentucky University for its generous title sponsorship. Additional sponsorships included:

  • Reception presented by Murphy Construction Group
  • ATM Countdown Clock presented by Citizens First Bank
  • Photo Booth presented by Graves-Gilbert Clinic
  • Social Media Wall presented by Houchens Industries, Inc.
  • Dessert Take-Home Box provided by Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, Neal Turner Realty, TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital, Scotty’s Contracting & Stone, LLC
  • Passing of the Gavel Ceremony presented by Stewart-Richey Construction
  • Printing generously provided by Gerald Printing
  • Door Prize generously provided by Bowling Green Municipal Utilities
  • Registration Station presented by Holiday Inn University Plaza
  • Chamber Oath Ceremony presented by Houchens Insurance Group
  • Gift Card generously provided by Kroger
  • Floral Arrangement provided by Independence Bank
  • Coat Check provided by US Bank
  • Program Advertisers include WKU Gordon Ford College of Business and Quality Personnel

To learn more about the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, visit


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.