Downtown Development Division
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Downtown BGKY is the heart of the city and a cultural destination as Corvette’s historic hometown and hub of Kentucky’s Cave Country. This thriving Downtown’s foundations are its vibrant food and drink scene, big small town charm, arts and entertainment community, growing residential opportunities, and international influence.
The Downtown Development Division’s goal is to be an economic development driver by building the best Downtown BGKY destination experience for locals and visitors. Growing connections with more opportunities internally, assistant coordinating events, and growing communication between Downtown and all of Bowling Green will elevate the Downtown BGKY brand and destination presence. Opportunities can be found from scenic Riverwalk Park to Western Kentucky University’s campus.
Goals include building a Downtown database for development opportunities and improved communications, an event calendar to share any happenings within Downtown or citywide event that may impact Downtown (and provide marketing strategy planning for Downtown businesses), establishing the digital and social Downtown BGKY destination brand, launching an Entertainment Destination Center with iconic BG branding, and ultimately growing existing Downtown assets appealing to young professionals, growing families, and anyone seeking a vibrant Downtown experience.
News & Announcements
Nov 14, 2022
The City of Bowling Green is pleased to announce its all-new Downtown Development Division (Downtown BGKY) received multiple destination marketing awards at the statewide Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) annual conference last week.
Nov 4, 2022
The November 2022 Downtown Meet Up was hosted at SKyPAC Lounge on November 2. These meetings are the second Wednesday of the month at rotating venues. Minutes of that meeting are here.
Oct 13, 2022
The October 2022 Downtown Meet Up was hosted at OneRoof event venue on October 13. These meetings are the second Wednesday of the month at rotating venues. Minutes of that meeting are here.
Sep 16, 2022
Downtown BGKY staff hosted the September Downtown Meet Up at OneRoof event venue. These occur every second Wednesday of the month, 3-4pm, at rotating downtown venues. Minutes from the September 14 meeting are here.
Downtown Food Truck/Mobile Push Cart Policies
Downtown BGKY is open for Food Truck and Mobile Push Cart business! We welcome these entrepreneurs with open arms! A permit is needed to sell on Fountain Square and on the adjacent Downtown side streets (as defined in the ordinance). Specific rules for operating these businesses in these public rights-of-way also apply.
Click the button below for a full PDF containing the permit application, ordinance, and code compliance guidelines.
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