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Industry Invitation: Owensboro Riverport Tour
Join the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Team on Friday, June 3rd for a tour of the Owensboro Riverport. For more information or to RSVP, contact Vice President of Regional Economic Development and Talent,  Maureen Carpenter.
Shape the Future's Economy:
Sector Alliance Meeting: May 25
Over the next 10 years, we expect Bowling Green and Warren County's business sector to expand rapidly. In the initial Sector Alliance meeting, we will present our projections for high-growth, high-demand jobs in our community over the next 10 years and request your feedback to ensure those projections are consistent with your knowledge of trends in each sector. Your input as the business community is crucial, as we will frame our future and ongoing talent development initiatives around this information. Providing the talent you need to grow your business is our #1 priority, and we hope you will join us on May 25th to help shape the future of talent development in Bowling Green and Warren County.  For additional information about the Sector Alliance Meeting, please contact Maureen Carpenter .
Bowling Green Welcomes Newest Neighbor to the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park!
Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions Inc.
The company, owned by Kobe Steel, one of the parents to Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products in Bowling Green, proposes to make a $46.7 million investment - $13.7 million for construction of the building, with the remainder for equipment and other costs.  Read more...
BG Warren County Regional Airport
Commercial Air Service
Are you interested in commercial air service here in Bowling Green? We would love to hear how commercial air service would benefit your company and what flights/times would best serve your needs. Let us know! Contact Kim Phelps, Vice President of Communications and Public Policy.
Interdependent Strategic Plan Roll Out
First Ever Plan of its Kind for Bowling Green, Warren County
On Monday, May 9th, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announced the release of an interdependent, engaged strategic plan for Bowling Green and Warren County. The plan contemplates the future of Bowling Green and Warren County over the next 3 to 5 years.  Read more...
CEO Job Fair
Over 300 Attended First Event Targeted at Millennials
The inaugural CEO Job Fair brought together 40 Warren County businesses representing 10 industry sectors for an all day event held at the Knicely Conference Center on April 28th.

The next Job Fair is set for Thursday, May 26th from 9 to 1 pm CDT at the WKU Research & Development Center. Monthly hiring events will be held on the third Thursday of each month at the WKU Research & Development Center. Please contact Camille Padilla if you are interested in being a part of this event! 
The Proof is in the Results:
"We face a very competitive labor market and it is crucial that we develop and engage our workforce so we can meet our business objectives and become the best in what we do...I have found the Training Consortium to be the most cost-effective and efficient way to deliver much of the quality training we need." 

--  Gregg George,
Senior Human Resources Manager
for NASCO and NMMI

The second quarter is underway! View the   training schedule and c ontact Economic Development Coordinator  Emilee Buttrum  for more information.
Upcoming Events:
Ribbon Cutting:   May 20, 2016: Join us for a ribbon cutting celebrating Country Oven Bakery's latest addition. Celebration begins at 1 pm CDT at their location on Pioneer Drive in Bowling Green. 
SPARK - Connecting Kentucky's Automotive Industry
May 23, 2016: A new half-day automotive conference in Louisville,  is designed for Kentucky's robust automotive supplier sector, particularly procurement and supply chain representatives.  Learn More.
Sector Alliance Meeting:   May 25, 2016: 8am to 11am at the Knicely Conference Center. A well trained talent pipeline is crucial to the strength of our local economy. Help us drive the career pathways that fuel the business sectors that drive our community. Contact Maureen Carpenter for additional information.
Job Fair:   May 26, 2016: Are you currently hiring? We can help! Join us for a hiring event at the WKU Center for Research and Development. To register, please contact Camille Padilla.
Riverport Tour:   June 3, 2016: Industry professionals ONLY. You must RSVP for this event. Contact Maureen Carpenter for information.

Platinum Partner: 
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Silver Partner: Logan_Aluminum
South Central Kentucky Economic Development:
 
To date, the Chamber has announced three projects totaling $65.7 million in capital investment and 170 new jobs for 2016.  In 2015, Bowling Green was ranked fourth in the Top 10 Metro Areas for New and Expanded Facilities among metropolitan areas with populations less than 200,000 by Site Selection Magazine.
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.
Did You Know?
Five industry sectors make up 60% of all employers in South Central Kentucky.  Our top five are listed below:
 
19.3 %
Manufacturing
11.8%
Healthcare
11.7%
Retail Services
9.1%
Education
8.7%
Hotel & Restaurant
Source: JobsEQ 2015Q4
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May 2016 eNews
Contact Us:

Ron Bunch, CEcD
President and CEO 

Maureen P. Carpenter, EDP, IOM
Vice President Regional Economic Development and Talent

Emilee Buttrum

emilee@bgchamber.com 

Economic Development Coordinator