Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 87th Year, John Dix Named 2022 Chamber President

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce held its 87th annual celebration Tuesday night at the Sloan Convention Center.

Several local leaders, elected officials, regional partners and special guests were present at the celebration. Attendees were treated to a reception, followed by keynote speaker RMax Goodwin, a performer of magic and mentalism, from Los Angles.

The presentation also included a slideshow of photos from December’s tornadoes.

House Speaker Ron Bunch began by saying what an amazing year it has been and how well the community has come together over the past few months.

“What a crazy year, we had this video at the start about the tornado and I was talking with the pastor at our table and this community really saw the love for your neighbor come out not only among our citizens but also among the people who came all over the country and have come here and rolled up their sleeves with us,” he said.

Bunch also talked about some of the new investments and businesses that have been introduced to the city over the past year.

“Our business community, existing and new, made investments and announced new jobs that collectively set the bar high for success,” he said. “We were fortunate to have major announcements from many existing targeted businesses in our community and welcomed several new businesses like Ball Corporation, Fruehauf, MHS, Harbor Steel and, most recently, Tyson Foods. With over $860 million in capital investments in targeted new and expanded businesses and the creation of 1,999 new jobs, 2021 is a year to remember! »

Former Bowling Green Mayor Johnny Webb received the House’s Herb Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. “It is indeed a very special honor for me to receive this lifetime achievement award,” Webb said via recorded video.

The House’s long tradition of passing the gavel ceremony came to a close with the new 2022 Board Chair, John Dix of the Warren County Water District, taking the stage.

“It is an incredible honor to work alongside my fellow board members, volunteers, chamber ambassadors, chamber staff, and most importantly, all of you, our more than 1,200 the bedroom,” he said.

Dix replaces Chris Thorn.

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