SCK LAUNCH Experience 
Year 1 Success

On November 9 and 10, the Chamber hosted 1,700 8th and 9th graders from Bowling Green Independent and Warren County schools at the 1st annual SCK LAUNCH Experience.  Students were treated to hands-on activities and exhibits in six different sectors, including manufacturing, construction, TDL, healthcare, hospitality and professional services.

We would like to thank each of the companies that participated with us this year and we invite others to join us as we begin working on next year's event. 

For more information on how you can be involved, contact
Workforce Coordinator Leigh Ann Tipton. 
Red Tape Reduction Initiative: 
Red Tape Reduction logo Gov. Bevin's Red Tape Reduction initiative was announced in July to help simplify the operation of businesses in Kentucky and to encourage growth. So far, the initiative has had some great results: to date, some 300 administrative regulations have been either repealed or targeted for repeal, and another 521 have been amended or amendments are planned. If there are regulations you'd like to see amended or repealed, please go to to submit your request! 
BlueCotton Expands Operations in Bowling Green 
$5.58 Million Investment in South Central Kentucky Industrial Park
BlueCotton logoOn November 1, BlueCotton announced the expansion of their Bowling Green production operations to include the acquisition of a 112,000 square-foot facility to house new production lines necessary to meet growing customer demand. This expansion project will create 94 new, full-time positions in Bowling Green. Read more here...
Legislative Update
Work Ready Skills Initiative 

The Chamber made application earlier this fall for funding to construct a new, state-of-the-art Career Center through Gov. Bevin's Work Ready Skills Initiative ($100 million statewide bond program).


The application has reached the finalist round of the application process. An award decision is anticipated by the end of 2016. Meanwhile, the building design and associated advocacy efforts continue.


PILOT Project
The Chamber's work on implementing the PILOT project continues as we continue to work with state officials to ensure the implementation of the project and create a model program for the rest of the state.

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November 2016 eNews
Contact Us:
Ron Bunch, CEcD
President and CEO 

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

South Central Kentucky Economic Development:
To date, the Chamber has announced 13 projects totaling $459.1 million in capital investment and 673 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.