Bowling Green Ranked One of Best Small Places for Business and Careers
Communications and Public Policy Director Nick Fuhrman
BOWLING GREEN, KY (July 17, 2008) - Bowling Green has been recognized once again for its positive business environment. Forbes Magazine recently released its list of Best Small Places for Business and Careers on www.forbes.com. Bowling Green was listed as No. 12.
"It's no surprise to me that Bowling Green has been recognized by a prestigious magazine for its business and career opportunities," said Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker. "The atmosphere here is one of success, backed by a strong work ethic and supportive community. The workforce is strong, even more so because of the many new and expanding industry announcements we've had in the last year."
Forbes determined these rankings based on cost of labor, energy, taxes and office space. Listings included rankings on cost of doing business, job growth, educational attainment and metropolitan area size. In terms of population, the list included metro areas ranging from 56,000 to 239,000. 2008 marks the 10th annual release of these rankings by Forbes.
"I'm proud to say that Bowling Green-Warren County has one of the best workforces in the nation. Like Mayor Walker, I'm not surprised by this national ranking because the recognition is well deserved," said Warren County Judge Executive Michael Buchanon. "The economic development efforts made here and throughout South Central Kentucky are due in large part to the strength of our business community. Industries recognize that this is a great place to do business."
Doug Gorman, chairman of the board of directors for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, agreed. "The Chamber works hard to recruit and retain industries in South Central Kentucky because we understand the benefits of growing business here. By maintaining a strong workforce through our recruitment, expansion and training efforts, we show our commitment to our community, not just in the here-and-now, but for the future as well."
To learn more about Forbes' rankings, visit http://www.forbes.com/lists/2008/5/bestplaces08_Best-Small-Places-For-Business-And-Careers_Rank.html.
About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. As one of only 336 chambers nationwide to be accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,300 partners. 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.