BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Bowling Green has been recognized again as one of the nation’s top areas for attracting corporate facility investment. The ranking is based on the number of projects won, and Bowling Green ranked sixth for high-performing metros among communities with populations less than 200,000. This is the eighth consecutive year for Bowling Green to be ranked as a top tier-2 metropolitan area in the United States.
The ranking evaluates communities on their ability to attract investment based primarily on a 10-factor index using Site Selection publisher Conway Data’s database of new and expanded project announcements. There were only two Kentucky locations selected in the rankings, with Bowling Green leading the state and Lexington making the Top 10 for populations between 200,000 to one million people.
South Central Kentucky Economic Development, an entity of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, works to bring development to a 10-county region with Bowling Green at the center.
“The chamber’s success in economic development over the last few years has been vital to the growth in South Central Kentucky,” said Ron Bunch, chamber president and CEO. “Economic development is truly a team sport. We would not be able to realize this level of success in our community without the support of our state and local government officials, utility partners, and business community.”
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce helped the state earn its Top Three Ranking by Projects Per Capita with announcements totaling $331.3 million in capital investment in expansion and new attraction business projects which created 336 new jobs amid the global pandemic. Additionally, Bowling Green was home to three of the largest projects in Kentucky, including Crown Cork and Seal which was the largest investment of any manufacturing project in the state according to ThinkKentucky.com. No county in all of Kentucky has seen more capital investments get approved by the state in 2020 than Warren County.
“Bowling Green continues to be nationally recognized by publications like Site Selection magazine, and we are truly grateful for the recognition that our community is receiving,” said Bowling Green Mayor Todd Alcott. “The success in our region would not be possible without the collaboration and forethought of the chamber, fiscal court, and the city of Bowling Green.”
Bowling Green has received recognition from numerous print and online publications, including TIME.com, Forbes, National Geographic magazine, and Global Trade magazine which ranked Bowling Green as the second-best city in the United States for manufacturing. Year to date, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has closed two economic development projects totaling $312.6 million in capital investment and generating 398 new jobs for 2021.
Site Selection is the senior publication in the corporate real estate and economic development fields. Its yearly analyses are regarded by corporate real estate analysts as “the industry scoreboard.”