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Regional collaboration essential to success
by Chamber News on May 14th, 2012

Leaders from Bowling Green, Kentucky shared their secrets to success during a video conference with local business leaders last week. Bowling Green deemed regional collaboration as the most essential tool to their community’s achievements.

According to the recent Economic Summit, the Lowndes County community ranks 11th among 15 peer communities on various measures of economic health.  For the second consecutive year, Warner Robins ranked first and Bowling Green ranked second of the 15.

Bowling Green is similar to Valdosta in its population size and that it is home to a major regional university, major regional medical center, is surrounded by more rural counties (making it a strong retail center), borders another state, is in close proximity to a state capitol and is located on an Interstate.

Chamber President Myrna Ballard commented, “Kentucky is not a particularly affluent state, it struggles with cyclical poverty and low education attainment levels in certain areas, such as my hometown. Bowling Green doesn’t have unusual assets that we don’t have – I think it’s possible that we actually have more to work with than they do (like a better climate, an Air Force Base, proximity to coasts and seaports). Yet Bowling Green is faring better than we are on some measures of community economic health.” 

Attendees left knowing the core ingredient to community success—regional collaboration.  To view photos and to review video footage, please visit

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