Group targets India business
Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 6:02 pm
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A new group aiming to build on Kentucky’s business ties with India was inspired by the challenges endured by an Indian-based company that expanded into the state.
The Indo-Kentucky Chamber of Commerce was recently unveiled at a reception at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, according to the Daily News.
The outreach effort comes after an Indian-based company chose the region as the site for a manufacturing operation.
“Kentucky Copper that located in Morgantown had a lot of issues coming here, mainly getting stateside financing arranged,” said Rodney Kirtley, executive director of the Barren River Area Development District.
“They had a lot of issues to overcome and came to us and said some of them would have been a lot easier to overcome if there were an Indian chamber of commerce here,” he said.
Kirtley said he sees a potential for the new business group to include several hundred members from the region.
Raja Bhattacharya is the organization’s interim chairman.
“One of the missions of the organization is to facilitate and promote business interests between Indian-owned companies and Kentucky, particularly south-central Kentucky,” he said. “We want them to invest in this region.”
Originally from Nepal, Bhattacharya’s Himalayan Rug Store imports rugs from both Nepal and India.
Bhattacharya predicts the new group will meet at least monthly and will put together a management team.
Area counties contributed seed money for the welcoming reception, but the new organization will be membership driven. Bhattacharya said the group is looking for members from business, education and industry as well as other sectors.