Local automotive industry continues to thrive

Published: Feb. 2, 2016 at 10:02 PM CST
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Of course, the automotive industry has become an integral part of the city of Bowling Green. Whether tourists are visiting the Corvette Museum or drivers are racing at the speedway, the industry is always thriving.

With the new caucus that was presented Tuesday, legislators hope to grow the car industry and what it brings, not just in south central Kentucky.

"There's 70 legislatures in the House alone that have signed on to co-sponsor the bill, which tells you something about the substantial support for the automotive industry in the state of Kentucky," Executive Director of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association, Dave Tatman said.

So why is the automotive industry so popular in the city of Bowling Green? One reason is the easy access to the highways.

I-65 is often called the 'automotive corridor' because it connects all the automotive hubs.

"It connects Lousville and all points north, which include Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, to all points south, which include, Tennesee, Alabama, Mississippi, Gerogia and even South Carolina," Tatman said.

It's no secret that places like the Corvette Museum and Kentucky Speedway are tourism hot spots.

"That time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, busiest time," PR Manager of the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau, Telia Butler said.

"All of the shows that we do, in the summer it feels like virtually every weekend there is a show or an event out at Beech Bend or something," Tatman added.

The tourists traveling in for those events are also spending money on a hotel, eating at restaurants and other attractions.

"It's usually about $100 per day, per person that's spent in Bowling Green. Multiply all of those figures by 100 and there you go," Butler added.

Tuesday afternoon, Governor Matt Bevin declared February 2nd "Automotive Industry Day" in the commonwealth.

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