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CommerceLex’s Kentucky Regional Tour going to Bowling Green area October 29-30

In 2009, Commerce Lexington Inc. revived a long-ago tradition of visiting other regions of Kentucky with the intention of listening and learning from business leaders and elected officials in other communities.

This year’s Kentucky Regional Tour on October 29-30 will take Central Kentucky leaders to the Bowling Green area.

Bowling Green is the third-largest city in Kentucky and serves as the center of business, education, industry and healthcare for approximately ten counties in its region.

The city has experienced tremendous population growth recently. This year’s tour will highlight key initiatives in Bowling Green related to workforce development, K-12 education, business attraction, downtown development, tourism and public-private partnerships. 

The group will visit the University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus in its inaugural year.

The tour is presented by UK Healthcare.  

Central Kentucky leaders will connect with students at the Gatton Academy on the campus of Western Kentucky University, one of the top high schools in the nation, and explore the downtown area. The delegation will learn about efforts to attract the talent needed to fill 6,000 open jobs in the region. The group will also visit the highly impressive Kentucky Transpark, a modern, state-of-the-art business park that has landed many top economic development prospects for Kentucky in recent years.  The tour will conclude with a visit to the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park.

Bowling Green Fountain Square Park

The inaurgural 2009 Regional Tour took two busloads of political and business leaders from the Bluegrass Region to eight cities throughout Eastern Kentucky, including stops in Irvine, Jackson, Hazard, Whitesburg, Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Paintsville, and visited a mining operation in Martin County before heading back to Lexington.

Then, in 2010, the trip highlighted portions of South Central Kentucky, with visits to Mt. Vernon, London, Somerset, Monticello, Dale Hollow State Park, Wolf Creek Dam in Russell County, Dunnville, and Liberty.  In 2011, the group traveled to the Northeastern part of the state and made stops in Winchester, Mount Sterling, Morehead, Ashland, Maysville and Paris.  

The 2012 trip highlighted some of the key features in agri-economics throughout the Bluegrass Region and collaborative possibilities between Lexington and Louisville. In 2013, the group visited Bowling Green, Hopkinsville, and Paducah in Western Kentucky.  

The 2014 trip included stops throughout Northern Kentucky, with visits to Georgetown, Covington, Florence, Northern Kentucky University, the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, and Elk Creek Winery in Owenton, while the 2015 tour highlighted some of the key features of Elizabethtown, Owensboro, and Henderson. 2016 featured a return trip to Eastern Kentucky to study areas impacted by the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative, and last year’s trip explored amenities in and around the Louisville area.

Register here for the trip.

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