Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor
Monday, 29 April 2013 08:15
Bowling Green's Community Development Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary Thursday with a new name, a new logo, a video chronicling its history, by naming an industrial park and thanking a lot of people.
Executive Director Sue Clark said that while the foundation will remain in place, the "public face" will now be known as Bowling Green Economic Development. "This is intended so that the general public can fully understand what the CDF does."
Clark honored retired BG Municipal Administrator Colleen Smith "as a constant supporter of economic development," and Smith called Clark "very visionary and not afraid to step outside the box."
Calling John and Jane Quinn to the front of the room, Mayor Richard Edwards unveiled a sign to reveal that Innovation Technology Park on Napoleon Road has been renamed John Quinn Innovation Technology Park.
Edwards said Quinn set a standard that has been difficult for him to follow. "You have a special relationship with the business and corporate community. You have served the city very very well. This sign speaks volumes about your service and work for the community."
In acknowledging the honor, Quinn said "We just love the place (BG). It will be hard for us to move out." The Quinns will be moving to the Cincinnati area in a few weeks to be close to their daughter and her family.
Clark said the CDF has long seen itself as a partner with the city and county. "The CDF would not have been as successful, without so many people involved."
Titled "Coalition of Cooperation," the video focused on the need for economic development, the funding, the business parks developed and the work the group continues to do. The video was put together by Sea Lion Studio.
Several people involved from the beginning, Smith, Dick Newlove, Mike Marsh, Bill Culbertson, Quinn and Clark all speak in the video about the founding of the CDF, the struggles involved in getting the idea off the ground and keeping it going.
The breakthrough came when the city's Board of Public Utilities purchased the land on Dunbridge Road now known as Wood Bridge Business Park. In the video Marsh said the CDF didn't have money to develop the park but that changed when Don Kellermeyer purchased land in the park, providing the CDF money to invest in infrastructure.
Newlove said in the video that had the city not been successful in developing an industrial base, residents would face higher taxes, higher utility costs and many people would not have been attracted to "live here and contribute to Bowling Green."