In May 2019, the 116-acre Chapel Lake Park opened in Jeffersonville, Ind., with a five-acre lake available for canoeing and kayaking, and for licensed catch-and-release fishing. A paved 1.3-mile walking trail and grass trails will be added at a later date. A new country music venue opened in January 2020 at Maxwell’s House of Music in Jeffersonville called the Clark County Opry, featuring performances from guest entertainers. Union Restaurant & GameYard is on track to open in the summer of 2020 in downtown Jeffersonville, featuring outdoor games like curling that can be brought inside during cold weather. The entertainment complex will have various food and drink stations throughout the property.
When the pandemic shut things down, SoIN Tourism, the Clark-Floyd Counties Convention & Tourism Bureau, took a leading role in helping attractions, restaurants, hotels and shops respond. In early May, Jim Epperson, executive director of SoIN Tourism, and Dana Huber, vice president of Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyard, were named to the Indiana Destination Recovery Council, a 10-member council announced by the Indiana Destination Development Corp. to help the leisure and travel-related industry in recovery efforts.
Among Clark County’s tourism treasures are Falls of Ohio State Park, which has 390-million-year-old fossil beds; Charlestown State Park, with rugged hiking terrain and camping sites; the Ohio River Greenway, a 7-mile recreational area along the banks of the Ohio River; the Big Four Bridge, which spans the Ohio River and connects Louisville to Jeffersonville; the George Rogers Clark home site located at the lower end of the Falls of Ohio; Howard Steamboat Museum; and Jeffersonville Riverstage, with its breathtaking views of the river and of Louisville’s skyline.
County Seat: Jeffersonville
Mike Moore, mayor
2019 population: 118,302
No. of households: 44,275
Median household income: $56,774
Labor force: 61,893
Sector with largest percentage of jobs: Manufacturing, 16.3%
One Southern Indiana Chamber & Economic Development:
Wendy Dant Chesser, president/CEO
River Hills Economic Development District & Regional Planning Commission:
Cory Cochran, executive director
Clark-Floyd Counties Convention & Tourism Bureau:
Jim Epperson, executive director