Why Bowling Green?

An All-American City

Bowling Green, KY. Business Friendly.

Bowling Green, Kentucky, is primed for business development. The city and surrounding counties are abundant with affordable buildings and land. The resident population is booming; 225,000 people call Southern Kentucky home, growing 2.57% annually. The local government welcomes new businesses with incentives and tax breaks. Light traffic and easy access to major highways and airports allow companies to get things done faster and more cost-effective. It’s no wonder enterprises of all sizes and industries are moving their operations to the Bowling Green area.

Southern Kentucky

Location. Location. Location

Bowling Green is strategically located 60 miles north of Nashville, TN, and 90 miles south of Louisville, KY. The city is situated along Interstate 65, a major north/south six-lane divided interstate with an annual average daily traffic count of more than 60,000, stretching from Chicago to Mobile, AL. Sixty percent of the U.S. population is located within a day’s drive of south central Kentucky.


Western Kentucky University is located in Bowling Green with a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 20,000 students. WKU recently unveiled a new state-of-the-art School of Nursing and Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. In 2018, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine opened its first regional campus in Bowling Green.


Bowling Green has some of the country’s lowest utility rates and is home to first-class manufacturing companies. The General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant — the only plant to produce the iconic Chevrolet Corvette — has been said to produce the perfect balance of technology, design and performance.  Logan Aluminium, with over 1,300 employees, currently ranks as the No. 1 supplier of aluminum can sheet in the world. Bowling Green Metalforming, a Magna Company, is one of the world’s premier global automotive suppliers, providing a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to OEM customers.

Low Cost to do Business

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is proud to have one of the lowest overall costs of doing business in the U.S. Kentucky has the lowest cost of electricity in the industrial sector among states east of the Mississippi River and gas rates ranked second lowest in the eastern U.S. Additionally, the low cost of living (13 percent lower than the national average), provides a high standard of living for its residents. In addition to the overall low cost of doing business, Kentucky’s market-leading tax incentive programs can provide the flexible financial assistance businesses need to relocate, expand or establish new roots.

Regional Hub

Bowling Green and Warren County are at the center of a 10-county radius. This regional hub supports education, retail (over 6.5 million SF of retail inventory) and medical services (two hospitals and numerous specialty providers). The population within this region equals approximately 300,000, with a workforce of over 137,000. South central Kentucky is rapidly becoming a destination and has experienced a growth rate of 22 percent over the last nine years.


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